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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Nutraviva?
Here at Nutraviva we believe in providing only the best quality premium grade products. That’s why we dedicate time and effort searching for the best manufacturers in the most ideal locations and insist that our products are the purest, with no chemicals or GMOs. Our bovine collagen comes exclusively from grass fed and finished cattle that are raised in open pastures. Nutraviva stocks only the best marine collagen powder, sourced from wild-caught cod found in the North Atlantic Ocean. Our marine collagen is sustainably sourced, naturally organic and GMO free.
Nutraviva Bone Broths
Nutraviva Bone Broth
Bones contain an abundance of minerals as well as 17 different amino acids, many of which are found in broth as proteins like Collagen and Gelatin. Though the exact nutritional content varies based on the bones used, cooking time, and cooking method, the following nutrients are consistently found in most bone broths.

Bone Broth – Collagen
With 28 different types, Collagen makes up about 30 percent of the protein in your body (4) and is the main component of connective tissues like cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone, and skin. It is also present in the blood vessels, cornea, and lens of the eye. The name Collagen comes from the Greek “kólla,” meaning “glue” and the suffix “gen,” which means “producing.” In fact, early glue was made from Collagen more than 8,000 years ago, likely by boiling the skin and sinews of animals (5). In addition to providing structure, Collagen also plays an important role in tissue development and regulation (6, 7).

Bone Broth - Gelatin
When Collagen is simmered, it forms Gelatin. This hydrolysis of Collagen is irreversible and results in the breakdown of long Collagen protein fibrils into smaller protein peptides. However, its chemical composition is very similar to its parent molecule, Collagen (8). Gelatin is what gives bone broth or stock its Jell-O-like consistency once it has cooled.

Bone Broth Benefits
Glycosaminoglycans (gags) are complex carbohydrates that are involved in many biological processes. They can attach to proteins in order to form proteoglycans, which are integral parts of connective tissue and synovial fluid, the lubricant that surrounds joints (9). If the connective tissue, such as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, is still attached, the bones in broth will provide our bodies with the whole spectrum of gags, including keratan sulfates, dermatan sulfates, chondroitin sulfates, and hyaluronic acid, which are the raw materials for skin, bone, and cartilage formation.
Glycine is an amino acid that makes up more than a third of Collagen. It also acts as a neurotransmitter, binding to glycine receptors present throughout the nervous system and peripheral tissues. Signaling through this receptor is particularly important in mediating inhibitory neurotransmission in the brainstem and spinal cord (10, 11).
Proline is an amino acid that makes up about 17 percent of Collagen. The addition of hydroxyl groups to proline significantly increases the stability of Collagen and is essential to its structure. Though small amounts of proline can be manufactured in the body, evidence shows that adequate dietary proline is necessary to maintain an optimal level in the body (12, 13). Proline is not typically thought of as a neurotransmitter, but it is able to bind to glutamate receptors and glycine receptors (14).
Glutamine is yet another important amino acid found in bone broth and is the most abundant amino acid in the blood (15). It is one of the few amino acids that can directly cross the blood-brain barrier (16). Intestinal epithelial cells and activated immune cells eagerly consume glutamine for cellular energy (17, 18).
Bone marrow is found inside the center cavity of the bone and consists of two types, red and yellow. Both types contain Collagen. Red bone marrow is the site of manufacturing for new immune cells and red blood cells, while yellow marrow consists of healthy fats (19, 20). It is thought that important nutritional and immune support factors might be extracted from marrow during cooking, but the bioavailability of these factors has not been studied.
Minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc are also present in Bone Broth.(21). An acidic medium is necessary to extract these minerals from food. When making broth, always add a splash of vinegar or other acid in order to fully extract minerals from the bone.
What’s the difference between bovine collagen and marine collagen?
The main difference between Nutraviva Beef Collagen and Nutraviva Marine Collagen is the sourcing. Our grass fed bovine collagen is sourced from pasture-raised cattle in Brazil. Our marine collagen is sourced from wild-caught, organic, non-GMO verified cod skin from the North Atlantic Ocean. Nutraviva Marine Collagen is pescatarian friendly. Nutritionally, the two products aren’t dissimilar except the fact that they are derived from different sources. Marine collagen is very much tasteless and odourless and is highly regarded in the beauty industry as the premium collagen source due its slightly smaller peptide size.
About collagen

Collagen hydrolysate is a gelatin which has been broken down to remove the bonds between the proteins. The smaller molecular weight of these peptides make it very easy for our body to absorb quickly (over 90% absorption rate). Collagen hydrolysate dissolves in both hot and cold liquids and does not gel at all. It can be considered as a super supplement due to its effectiveness, versatility and multitude of uses.

Add it to hot or cold drinks, shakes, recipes, meals, health bars, yoghurts and so on. For people who do not consume enough protein, collagen hydrolysate is one of the best ways to boost your intake. Simply add a tablespoon to your smoothie and your all set .It is considered more of a “nutritional supplement”, and not only is it easier to incorporate into your diet, it has a greater bioavailability compared to gelatin making it the preferred choice for anti-aging, joint pain, sports supplementation, skin health and injury recovery.

The main benefits of taking collagen
1. Healthy Ageing

Aging is a natural part of life and there are certain measures we can take to slow down this process and also assist in reducing the negative impacts of the aging process. Collagen has proven to be effective in maintaining our mobility and health by:

  • Improving joint functioning and pain reduction
  • Supporting healthy bones
  • Promoting lean muscle retention
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Improving joint mobility
  • Helping to balance hormones
  • Promoting more restful sleep
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helping with arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Helping with weight management and hunger control

2. Natural Beauty and Skin Care

In our mid 20’s we stop producing collagen and by our 30’s we start to lose collagen at a rate of 1 to 2% per year. This is when we start to notice that our skin is no longer as smooth or elastic as it was during our youth. Collagen has been demonstrated to be effective for the health of our skin, hair and nails by:

  • Increasing the collagen structure and density of the dermis layer
  • promoting skin elasticity, enhancing the hydration and moisture content of skin cells
  • Helping reduce the severity of stretch marks
  • Helping repair the day to day damage to the surface layer of the skin
  • Promotes healthy hair, reduces shedding and promotes thicker, stronger and fuller hair
  • Arginine helps generate strong nails and prevents brittle nails from occurring
  • Reduced fine lines and keeps the skin plump for longer

3. Weight loss and management

Collagen peptides have a much greater satiating effect compared to other forms of protein. It will help reduce appetite and cravings. It will also help decrease the amount of food that you consume. Taking collagen or gelatin will facilitate people reaching their fitness and weight goals much easier.

4. Sports Nutrition (see Difference between Collagen and Whey Protein)

  • Assists with muscular contractions by synthesizing creatine resulting in strength gains and muscle hypertrophy
  • Muscle restoration: will promote the recovery and repair of muscle tissue from strenuous exercise
  • Helps stimulate the release of growth hormones from the pituitary gland
  • Strengthens connective tissue and thus helping prevent injuries
  • Regenerates cartilage and reduces joint pain and inflammation
  • Speeds up recovery from injury, trauma or surgery

5. Joint and Bone Health

Collagen stimulates osteoblasts that helps:

  • build and strengthen bones
  • promotes cartilage renewal 
  • assists with arthritis and osteoarthritis by reducing inflammation and pain

6. Gut Health

  • Improving gut health and the complications that arise eg. Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Boosting immunity
  • Reduces gut inflammation due to poor dietary choices
Why grass fed and grass finished bovine collagen?
Here at Nutraviva we believe in healthy eating, thus have no GMOs, pesticides or other chemicals in our bovine sourced collagen products. We only source the best ingredients from the best locations, like our grass fed and finished bovine sourced collagen. The cattle used for our products are strictly pasture raised rather than being fed grain, and have not been given growth hormones or other chemicals.
HASTA Testing
Here at Nutraviva we believe that our customers deserve the guarantee and assurance that our products are exactly what we claim they are. Our beef Collagen hydrolysate is tested by HASTA, the leading Australian sports supplement testing specialists. HASTA independently tests for over 200 WADA banned substances to reduce the risk for high profile athletes.

By having our beef Collagen HASTA tested, we provide you with a certificate guaranteeing that there are no WADA banned substances detected, making it a safer choice for competing athletes. Our Collagen is sourced from pasture-raised bovine cattle that are grass-fed and free from chemicals such as growth hormones, antibiotics, herbicides and pesticides. These substances are commonly used for cattle taken to feedlots with the aim of speeding up the growth cycle prior to processing. Nutraviva select it’s sources very carefully to guarantee that customers are provided with a healthier and safer supplement when consuming our beef Collagen hydrolysate.
The additional athletic and health benefits of collagen hydrolysate:
The additional athletic and health benefits of collagen hydrolysate:

  • Speeds up recovery times from exercise. Collagen helps combat the oxidation, micro tears of muscle fibres and the inflammatory response due to exercise
  • Reduces injury time and strengthens connective tissue such as bones, ligament, tendon, muscle fibres thus helping to prevent injuries when taken regularly
  • Reduces joint pain and inflammation
  • Stimulates chondrocytes which generates cartilage cell formation
  • Arginine helps stimulate the release of growth hormones from the pituitary glands which assist in strength gains
  • Stimulates osteoblast production for bone strength
  • Helps with arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Is a very effective antioxidant and promotes good cardiovascular health
  • It is 40% more filling than Whey Protein or Casein. This makes it ideal for athletes wanting to reduce body fat and develop strength and size
  • The high levels of glycine, proline & hydroxyproline make it one of the best anti-aging supplements available
  • Promotes gut health and is effective in treating leaky gut issues
  • Helps regulate hormones
  • Promotes more restful sleep patterns
  • Very effective in helping people reach health and body fat goals as it stimulates fat metabolism and regulates hunger and sugar cravings
  • Helps boost the immune system particularly after strenuous exercise where athletes become vulnerable to illness
What is the difference between collagen and gelatin
Gelatin is extracted from connective tissue and bones using special processing equipment. It’s amino acid profile is the same as collagen hydrolysate, however, the amino acids are still bound together and are much longer in length, with the properties being slightly different. Gelatin will only dissolve in hot liquids and once this liquid cools, the gelatin will form a gel and set firm. It is ideal for gut health and repair, appetite regulation and weight loss due to its slower absorption and longer amino acid chains. It also provides the same health benefits as collagen hydrolysate, however a lower proportion of the amino acids make it to the cellular level.
Are there any side effects from collagen or gelatin?
There are no known side effects other then the listed health benefits when taking collagen products.
Collagen – Types 1, 2, & 3
Although there are at least 16 different varieties of Collagen in the human body, the three most abundant are Types 1,2 and 3. These three account for between 80-90% of the total Collagen within the body (Type 1 accounts for 90% of this total). It is important to note that even though the processing may vary, they all still offer similar health benefits due to the amino acid profile.

Type 1: The most common, and strongest Collagen in the body. This is responsible for the formation of ligaments, tendons, skin, organs, and bones. It is extremely important in the healing of wounds. Type 1 Collagen is what provides skin its stretchy, elastic properties. It is also found within the GI tract.Type 1 is found in our Collagen Hydrolysate and Gelatin)

Type 2: Is primarily found in connective tissue, cartilage, bone and bone marrow. This is very important for joint and arthritis related issues. It is anti-inflammatory and a strong immunity booster, hence the tradition of consuming chicken broth when sick. (Type 2 is predominately found in our Bone Broth)

Type 3: Typically found alongside Type 1 Collagen, Type 3 is a major building block of the extracellular matrix that forms our skin and organs. It is important for building the tissue and blood vessels within the heart, Type 3 Collagen deficiency is linked to a higher risk of ruptured blood vessels and early death. Type 3 is found in our Collagen Hydrolysate and Gelatin products.
The main 6 amino acids in gelatin and collagen hydrolysate
Collagen and gelatin contain 19 amino acids, predominantly glycine, proline & hydroxyproline, which together represent around 45% of the total amino acid profile.

Glycine (19.3%) promotes muscle growth, repairs and protects joints and cartilage, improves digestion, slows the effect of aging and boosts the immune system, calms the nerves and feeds the brain, helps fight fatigue, promotes restful sleep and helps increase red blood cell production.

Proline (12.3%) accelerates the regeneration of muscles, tendons and revitalises joints, maintains healthy skin, bones and other tissues. It is also involved in the strengthening of the heart muscle.

Hydroxyproline (11.6%) plays a key role in collagen stability, gives strength to bones, tendons, cartilage and skin. It is used to make collagen, tendons, ligaments and heart muscle.

Alanine (7.6%) is involved in the energy supply to muscle tissue, the brain and the central nervous system. It also plays a role in the metabolism of sugars, and strengthens the immune system through its contribution to the formation of antibodies. It also reduces the level of acidity in the body.

Arginine (7.4%) contributes in the stimulation of the immune system, involved in the wound ,healing process and hormone secretion. Helps to convert fats into muscle mass and energy, accelerates wound healing and damaged tissue repair, helps form collagen for healthy tendons and ligaments, diminishes blood urea levels, improves production of proteins for muscle growth.

Glutamic acid (8.8%) is not only an important stimulating neurotransmitter, but also accelerates the healing of ulcers and helps to fight fatigue
Recommended dosages
For general health and wellbeing we suggest starting off with 1 heaped teaspoon per day for 4 to 5 days and then gradually increase to 1 tablespoon (12 grams) per day. The health improvements will last as long as you continue supplementing with collagen.

For strength training and athletes who require a higher protein diet. Take one heaped tablespoon twice a day.

For weight control and appetite regulation using gelatin. We recommend consuming 1 heaped teaspoon in a drink 2-3 times per day or when a sugar craving starts to take hold.

There is little evidence to suggest any adverse side effects from consuming collagen or gelatin. Or in consuming larger quantities than suggested. If any underlying health conditions exist or if pregnant please consult with your doctor as a normal precautionary measure.
How to prepare gelatin for consumption?
How to drink gelatin for the health benefits.

Place 1 tablespoon of gelatin in a glass and stir in approx. 75ml of cold water, mix for 1 minute to allow the gelatin to bloom, then heat in microwave for 20 sec and stir, this dissolves the gelatin. Now add another 75ml of your favourite cold beverage and drink immediately. The solution must remain at room temperature otherwise it will begin to gel and become lumpy.

Gelatin can be used in:

*Hot or cold beverages (provided gelatin is bloomed).
*Making healthier fruit or vitamin enriched jelly snacks for the family.
*Thicken sauces, soups, gravies and stews.
*Baking as a binder.
*Making shower jelly soaps and face masks.
Can collagen assist with muscle gain?
Collagen helps promote the production of natural creatine in the body, which is needed for new muscle growth. The specific amino acids in collagen help preserve and build lean muscle, which in turn helps to regulate and strengthen metabolism. We recommend taking a BCAA with your collagen if you wish to promote muscle mass.
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