Written by Dr. Vanessa Craig

Formettā's complementary ingredients

Increasing collagen consumption has many benefits, but Formettā takes supplementing wisely a step further by pairing collagen peptides with carefully selected co-ingredients. But these aren't just thrown in for color or flavor, each component is backed by scientific evidence and, most importantly, delivered in dosages that are clinically effective.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

Referred to as the beauty mineral, MSM is a naturally occurring sulfur compound that is necessary for collagen production. Supplementing with MSM delivers improvements in a range of areas including inflammation, joint/muscle pain, oxidative stress, and antioxidant capacity.

Besides benefitting skin (1) and hair health (2), MSM supplementation is shown to improve chronic pain, neuropathy, osteoarthritis, joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, wound healing, and other inflammatory conditions (3).

Each serving of Formettā contains 1g of high-grade MSM powder.

Organic aloe vera

Renowned for promoting collagen production (4), aloe vera supplements increase collagen and hyaluronic acid production while also decreasing collagen degradation (5,6,7), which can improve skin elasticity and decrease facial wrinkling. In one study (8), patients who took aloe vera orally for 90 days showed an increase in collagen production and a decrease in matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 gene activity.

Each serving of Formettā contains 20mg of organic freeze-dried Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) in a 200:1 concentrate.

Organic Acerola cherry

Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and assists in antioxidant protection against UV-induced photo-damage (9). Studies show that natural forms of vitamin C have a longer half-life in the body and are more readily absorbed than their synthetic counterparts (10). Acerola (Malpighia emarginata DC) is a particularly rich natural source of vitamin C and also contains a plethora of phytonutrients such as carotenoids phenolics, anthocyanins, and flavonoids (11).

Each serving of Formettā contains 200 mg of vitamin C.

Natural astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring and powerful anti-inflammatory carotenoid, derived from the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. A large body of research (12) shows that astaxanthin can enhance overall skin health by:

  • Improving elasticity by strengthening the collagen layer. It has been shown to inhibit matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) that break down collagen and elastin (13).
  • Reducing the size of wrinkles and improving skin texture by stimulating collagen production (13).
  • Revitalizing photo-aged skin by quenching free radicals in all skin layers. Astaxanthin acts as an internal sunscreen as it provides UV protection by decreasing oxidative stress (14,15).

Natural AstaReal® astaxanthin has advantages that extend beyond skin health, too-studies also show benefits for the heart, immune system, muscles, and eyes.

  • Clinical studies indicate that natural astaxanthin supplementation supports gastric health (16-29).
  • Several studies demonstrate the positive impact of natural astaxanthin on brain health (30-34).
  • A substantial body of research (35-39) shows the power of natural astaxanthin as a potent anti-inflammatory, with particular effective results against chronic inflammation. Natural astaxanthin has a strong ability to both balance and strengthen the immune system.
  • A number of clinical studies (40-45) show that natural astaxanthin supplementation enhances eye health and vision.
  • A large body of clinical and experimental research (46-53) concludes that natural astaxanthin can contribute to improved cardiovascular health. Studies show that natural astaxanthin reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, improves lipid profiles, and promotes better blood flow in capillaries.
  • Natural astaxanthin improves muscle endurance through its ability to support muscle function and improve aerobic power. In a range of studies (54-77) natural astaxanthin has demonstrably reduced lactic acid build up and decreased fatigue.

Each serving of Formettā contains 2mg of natural AstaReal® astaxanthin.

Organic grape seed

Grape seeds are a potent source of antioxidant polyphenols, specifically proanthocyanidins, which are powerful at removing potentially damaging oxidizing agents. Clinical studies show that supplementing with Grape Seed Extract (GSE) can improve skin damage caused by UV light and ageing (78-80). In studies conducted with animals, GSE was found to help treat arthritic conditions and promote collagen health (81-84).

Each serving of Formettā contains 100mg of grape seed-derived proanthocyanidins.

Mineral powders

Proper hydration is essential for overall wellbeing and correct body function-and of paramount importance for healthy skin. With a perfect balance of all six most important electrolytes (which help control the body's fluid balance, regulate blood pressure, and facilitate other important functions), Formettā's unique formula includes mineral powders to support optimal hydration.

The mineral powders are sourced from natural ingredients, like carrot, parsley, watercress, broccoli, and dandelion and infused with natural lemon flavor.

Each serving of Formettā contains 65mg calcium, 78mg chloride, 100mg of magnesium, 70mg of phosphorus, 250mg of potassium, and 1.4g of sodium.

Coenzyme Q10

An important coenzyme that is found in every cell of the body, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is required for mitochondria to make energy. Like collagen, CoQ10 levels decline with age and UV light exposure. Supplementing with CoQ10 is well-known for improving negative symptoms of ageing due to its antioxidant mechanisms on cellular energy levels. As a powerful antioxidant, CoQ10 reduces the production of free radicals (85), decreases inflammation (86), leads to vitamin E regeneration (87), reduces keratinocyte DNA damage (88), inhibits MMPs (89), and enhances the expression of collagen (90) and elastin (91).

Each serving of Formettā contains 50mg of ubiquinol (the reduced form of Coenzyme Q10, which is bioactive and much more easily absorbed than ubiquinone, CoQ10's oxidized form).

Components that work in harmony

A daily dose of Formettā not only counters collagen loss, it also uses research-backed complementary ingredients to combat common age-related concerns and improve overall health-inside and out.


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