Can Collagen really be super-powered?  I thought Collagen was already a superfood?  Well yes, it is exactly that, a powerful superfood that gives your body the building blocks that it needs to slow down the signs of aging – fine lines, thinning skin, weak nails, aching joints – and even completely reverse the signs of aging in some cases.  In many people with arthritis, or general body aches and pains, this condition has been completely eradicated by the consistent, daily use of a good quality, pure Collagen powder.

So, is it possible to super power this already incredible product?  We believe it is!  And so, we have introduced Collagen.X.  This product is made with the finest quality, 100% pure Collagen sourced from Argentina.  The cattle are free range, grass fed and are given no routine antibiotics or hormones.  This ensures that the Collagen powder produced from their hides is of a superior quality.  But to make this product super powered, we have added the super-antioxidant Astaxanthin.

Often dubbed the “king of carotenoids,” research shows that astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. In fact, its ability to fight free radicals has been shown to be 6,000 times higher than vitamin C, 550 times higher than vitamin E and 40 times higher than beta-carotene. (reference

Some of the benefits of Astaxanthin are:

  1. Improves Brain Health
  2. Protects Your Heart
  3. Keeps Skin Glowing
  4. Eases Inflammation
  5. Enhances Your Workout
  6. Boosts Male Fertility
  7. Supports Healthy Vision

One of the most exciting benefits of Astaxanthin supplementation is the incredible impact shown on the skin.  Studies show that it can both improve the overall appearance of skin and may also be able to treat certain skin conditions.

One 2009 study showed that combining oral supplementation and topical application of astaxanthin improved wrinkles, age spots, skin texture and moisture content of the skin.  In addition, astaxanthin protects ‘against UV-induced skin deterioration and helps maintain healthy skin in healthy people,’ according to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in healthy study participants.  Surely this means that this supplement is as important a part of your daily skin care routine as any skin care products?

Equally exciting are the benefits of Astaxanthin to sports people.  Athletes at any level want a reliable source of energy to perform at their peak, and astaxanthin can help ensure that supply. One challenge is that when we work our muscles hard, cell-damaging substances called free radicals are produced. When the level of free radicals becomes excessive and the body is unable to keep up and detoxify or eliminate these cell-damaging substances, you are in a state of oxidative stress. As an athlete, you can experience inflammation as well as muscle fatigue, pain, and weakness.  Use of astaxanthin can facilitate recovery from exercise by protecting the body from overproduction of free radicals, inhibiting the production of excess lactic acid in the muscles, lessening fatigue, and improving muscle strength

Numerous studies support the use of astaxanthin for improved exercise performance, recovery, and strength. For example, a group of 40 trained male soccer players were randomly assigned to take either 4 mg astaxanthin or a placebo for 90 days. At the end of the study, those who had taken the supplement showed significant reduction in inflammatory response to exercise as well as a reduction in muscle damage when compared with men who had taken the placebo.

If you’re looking to improve strength while exercising, astaxanthin can also help. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 40 healthy paramedic students, half took astaxanthin supplements (4 mg) and half took a placebo daily for six months. When the participants where tested for fitness, strength, endurance, and strength using standard exercises, those who had taken astaxanthin showed a threefold improvement in strength/endurance over those who took the placebo. This finding caused the authors to conclude ‘that supplementation of Astaxanthin is effective for the improvement of strength endurance that may lead to better sports performance.’ (reference

We have sourced our Astaxanthin from seaweed and this pure product comes directly from Sweden.  In order to keep your Collagen.X as potent as possible we recommend that you keep it in the fridge and that you don’t heat this product when consuming it.  Our Argentinian Collagen is very neutral in flavour but our Astaxanthin has a slight seaweed flavour and so we find it is best to add your two tablespoons a day into fresh juice, a shake or a smoothie if you find that you don’t like the taste.

If you’d like to give this product a try you can find it on our website at  Follow us on Facebook at @TheHarvestTableSA or on Instagram @the_harvest_table to find out more about this amazing product and to keep up to date on our latest developments.