What is keratin?
Keratin is fibrous structural protein of hair, nails, horn,
hoofs, wool, feathers, and of the epithelial cells in the outermost layers of
the skin. Keratin serves important structural and protective functions,
particularly in the epithelium. Some keratins have also been found to regulate
key cellular activities, such as cell growth and protein synthesis.
What is alpha keratin and beta keratin?
Keratin proteins can be subdivided into alpha-keratins and beta-keratins, on the basis of their secondary structure (the geometry of their polypeptide chains, which is influenced by hydrogen bonding).
Alpha-keratins, which are found in the hair, the skin, and the wool of mammals, are primarily fibrous and helical in structure. Through a unique manufacturing process, Alpha-keratins can be made edible.
By contrast, beta-keratins, which occur in birds and reptiles, consist of parallel sheets of polypeptide chains. These can only be used for topical applications such as shampoos and salon treatments.
What is edible keratin?
Similar to Collagen, Keratin is a structural protein and essential constituent for healthy skin, hair and nails. Collagen is the dietary fuel providing correctly structured amino acids. Edible Keratin is the spark plug for this fuel, converting dietary collagen to the correct forms of collagen to enhance your inner beauty regime.
Edible Keratin is digestible and functional. It works synergistically with dietary collagen to boost the body’s ability to produce the right structural proteins to repair wrinkles and strengthen hair follicles and nails. This is achieved by activating skin cells that have the right nutritional input to specifically make collagen IV and collagen VII, the binding proteins that join the dermal and epidermal layers essential for smooth, wrinkle free skin as well as anchoring hair follicles into the scalp.
Is Keratin a protein?
Digestible Functional Keratin is pure keratin protein, the same protein that nails are made from. Common nutrition and supplements products, such as collagen has 0g protein/100g product, whey (2.1g/100g) or soy (1.1g/100g) have very low cystine contents when compared to keratin (7-12g/100g).
Advantages of Keratin protein?
It promotes wrinkle reduction by building the dermal
epidermal junction; Stronger hair follicles by promoting anchoring of follicles in the scalp; and Healthy nail growth by providing the right amino acid
It reduces Ageing stresses to hair, skin and nail tissue; Radical induced damage; and Inflammation to skin.
As a result of the highest natural abundance of sulphur amino acids Digestible Functional Keratin has also been shown to: Upregulate glutathione synthesis boosting antioxidant defence mechanisms, and Promote
taurine synthesis supplementing anti-inflammatory response.
What is Cysteine?
Cysteine is essential for glutathione production, cysteine rich supplements can boost glutathione to prevent oxidative stress.
What is Glutathione? Glutathione
is the master antioxidant, protecting skin and hair from oxidative stress.
What role Keratin plays in body’s anti-inflammation response?
Ingestions study shows Functional Digestible Keratin boosts
cysteine metabolism, boosting glutathione synthesis, increasing liver glutathione and taurine levels and boosting endogenous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory defence.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, making
up about 90% of our total protein. It’s the major component of connective tissues in tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles, so you can think of it as the basic building block of your entire body.
Why is our collagen, collagen 2.0?
Collagen 2.0 is the next and bettered version of collagen.
Our marine collagen peptides are super tiny (2kDa) and come
in a micro granulated form, which makes it easy dispersible, has low density, has very low viscosity, and has excellent organoleptic properties (neutral taste and odour, and is crystal clear). We have not compromised on the quality of the collagen we procured. It comes from a 175 year old organisation based in
France which is the world’s first marine collagen producer to obtain ‘Friend of the Sea Sustainability Certification’. Nothing but the best is contained in i.am.me collagen products.
We further enhance the absorption of the collagen in your body by formulating them with two forms of vitamin C (a co-factor for the absorption of collagen) – sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid.
The best secret, though, is the formulation of our collagen
with digestible functional keratin (yes, edible keratin is now available!), ethically and sustainably sourced from New Zealand’s finest wool. Keratin puts the right collagen in the right place.
Why do we need to supplement with collagen?
While our bodies naturally produce collagen and keratin, from the age of 25 they start producing less. Evidenced by reduced skin elasticity, brittle nails, hair shedding,
weakening muscles and joint pain. Our supplements help your body to replenish collagen in the right places of your body to reduce the signs of aging.
What is the recommended serving size?
- Stop the Clock Kerbicol capsules - 2 capsules a day
- Beauty Standard Unflavoured Marine Collagen Peptides -
one I.am.me scoop (10 grams) or two teaspoons
- Vanilla Beauty Flavoured Marine Collagen Peptides - one heaped I.am.me scoop (12 grams) or two heaped teaspoons"
Can I use your Marine Collagen products if I have a seafood / shellfish allergy?
No. Marine Collagen peptides are derived from fish skin.
What is the difference between Marine and Bovine and Porcine Collagen?
Marine collagen peptides have superior bioavailability, this
is due to smaller particle size than bovine and porcine. Marine collagen peptides get up to 1,5 times easier absorbed by your body.
What is Hydrolysed collagen?
Hydrolysed collagen means that the collagen is broken into smaller compounds more easily absorbed and utilized in your body.
How long will it take to see results?
First results can be expected by 3 months of consistent use.
Can I take your supplements alongside other medications and vitamins?
We always recommend that you speak with your healthcare professional before adding supplements into your routine, particularly if you are on existing medications. Taking other vitamins and supplements alongside i.am.me supplements is fine.
Are your products safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Pregnancy and breastfeeding journeys are very personal and different to every woman, and we recommend you speak with your health care professional before adding anything new to your diet.
Do your products contain fillers?
No, our mission is to provide you with high potency product, there is no room for fillers!
Are your products vegan?
All our products contain collagen and there is no vegan source of collagen.
Collapsible Where are your products manufactured?
Our products are manufactured in New Zealand.
Do your supplement products contain gluten or dairy?
No, our supplements do not contain gluten or dairy.
Are the i.am.me refill pouches recyclable?
They absolutely are! We love our planet and don't want any plastic to end up in landfill, full stop! That is why we have chosen for 100% recyclable packaging. For our plastic refill pouches we partner with NZ’s peak packaging industry body 'The Packaging Forum' and the NZ Post Recycled
How do I send my i.am.me refill pouches to be recycled?
We made it easy! Grab a free NZ Post Soft Plastic Recycle bag from our online store. Fill the bag with your i.am.me refill pouches and other soft plastics, book a courier for pickup (or drop off at the post office) 1and we’ll get it to our friends at Future Post who’ll take care of the rest!
How sustainable are the i.am.me jars?
Did you know aluminium is one of the most environmentally
friendly metals because of its sustainability? As the most recyclable industrial material, aluminium can be recycled infinitely to produce the same product. Recycling aluminium also saves 95% of the energy used in its production from raw materials.
Are your refill bags made of compostable plastic?
No, unfortunately compostable plastics are slightly porous and would compromise our product. We don't compromise in providing you with the best product possible. However we are passionate about our future and planet, therefore we provide a closed loop in providing you with a NZPost Soft Plastic Recycle bag. Your pouch will become a fence post in it's next life. Zero waste!
Purchase and Shipping Questions
When can I expect my order?
We aim to process your order within 24 hours during weekdays. All orders are hand-picked and packed with the greatest care and love from New Zealand.
You will receive an order confirmation email from us once
your order is placed. We'll send you an email when your order has been dispatched and you will receive your tracking details so that you can follow your order every step of the way to your door.
How do I follow my order?
After your order has been processed and is ready to ship you will receive a confirmation email with tracking number.
What is your return policy?
If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can return the product and get a refund or exchange up to 30 days from the date of purchase.
Any product you return must be in the same condition you
received it and in the original packaging. Only regular priced items may be refunded. To request a return, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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How do I cancel my subscription?
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