You can’t see collagen, but it’s the essence of healthy skin, joints, and bones — it’s like the glue that holds us together. It's a protein, but no ordinary protein! Unfortunately, the body's natural collagen production typically slows at a rate of 1.5% per year after the age of 25. You can only guess what this decline in collagen does to us. Yep, you got it — wrinkles, tendon injuries, and joint pain.

NeoCell is the originator and industry authority on collagen health. 

COLLAGEN FACTS

BEAUTY

  • 75% of the skin is made of Collagen Type 1 & 3
  • Collagen aids in the transport of nutrients to the hair shaft 
  • Collagen supports hair and nail thickness and strength
JOINTS
  • 100% of tendons are made of Collagen Type 1 & 3
  • 86% of ligaments are made of Collagen Type 1 & 3
  • 60% of cartilage is made of Collagen Type 2
BONES
  • Over one third of healthy bone is composed of collagen

Collagen Benefits

Every system in our body (except the nervous system) needs healthy collagen, and it provides the strength and resilience typ...

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Cinnamon is one of the healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet! High amounts of cinnamaldehyde account for most of its powerful effects on health and metabolism.

Blood Sugar Balance

Cinnamon decreases the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal. It can lower fasting blood sugar levels by up to 10-29%. Cinnamon also improves sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which is needed to keep blood sugar levels balanced. Those with diabetes are more at risk for developing heart disease, so keeping blood sugar under control is crucial for health. Choosing appropriate foods are the best way to do this. 

Anti-Microbial Activity

Cinnamaldehyde has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath.

Heart Health

Cinnamon decreases heart disease risk factors, including total cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.

Antioxidant Power

It’s loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which specifically sup...

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This is a heart health special because your frayed nerves could be leading to clogged arteries, and worse.

When someone startles us, we might say, “You almost gave me a heart attack!” But how often do we level the same accusation against deadlines, traffic, or other everyday aggravations? Most of us don’t realize how wearing chronic stress can be on the body and what a damaging effect it can have on the heart.

How Tension Takes a Toll

Psychological stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, which triggers the release of hormones like adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol. This can cause your heart to race and certain blood vessels throughout your body to constrict enough to raise your blood pressure. A jolt of adrenaline isn’t necessarily a bad thing—it can help you rock a presentation or tear through a to-do list—but when you constantly feel under pressure, you and your heart never get a chance to relax.

The Impact of Stress Hormones

Stress hormones can also trigger an inflammator...

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These adorable little cookies have a secret ingredient and each one packs a tiny punch!

Makes 8 dozen bite-size cookies

In a stand mixer, mix until creamy and fluffy:

1 cup room-temperature butter

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Add to combine:

1 Tbsp vanilla

Add:

2 cups flour

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Beat to combine. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate 20 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll out dough ¼” thick. Using a 1” heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place dough ½” apart on baking sheet. Sprinkle with red sanding sugar and press to adhere. Bake at 350o until golden around edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

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The Characteristics of Superfoods

Superfoods are "super" for so many reasons, and learning how to incorporate them is a fun way to explore more about nutrition and your health. Choose superfoods based off the four benefits listed, or choose one from each category. They're all great!

References:

1. Skrovankova S. Bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity in different types of berries. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(10), 24673-24706.

2. Sen Li. Research progress of natural antioxidants in foods for the treatment of diseases. Food Sci and Human Wellness 3 (2014) 110-116.

3.  Panossian A and Wikman G. Effects of adaptogens on the central nervous system and the molecular mechanisms associated with their stress--protective activity. Pharmaceuticals (Basel). 2010 Jan; 3(1): 188-224. 

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The ketogenic diet (often termed keto) is a low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet.

Common Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet has been used for decades to treat epilepsy by completely eliminating seizures in both kids and adults.

More recently, the ketogenic diet has also gained attention as an effective way to lose weight, reverse type 2 diabetes, calm the stomach, and decrease sugar cravings. Being in ketosis may also improve blood pressure, decrease acne, and increase physical activity.

What is Ketosis?

If you correctly follow the keto diet for just a few days, the body goes into ketosis. While in ketosis, the body's primary source of fuel changes from glucose to ketone bodies, which are compounds derived from fatty acids. Unlike many other molecules, ketone bodies can permeate the blood-brain barrier and provide energy for the brain in the absence of glucose. 

This recipe stemmed from an intolerance to a common way to make ketogenic coffee (Bulletproof coffee), and has ...

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