Collagen vs Snow Mushroom – what’s best for you?

Posted by Veronica Sywak on

Snow Mushroom (Tremella fuciformis), the ingredient found in PURE SNOW, has been considered an anti-ageing beauty secret for millennia. It is a source of beauty that has been revered for generations.

To this day, Snow Mushroom is used in cuisine and herbal remedies to support skin health and overall wellbeing

Collagen: The facts

More recently, collagen peptides (sourced from animals such as cows, pigs, fish and sheep) have also been regarded as a popular skin supplement. 

However, collagen is not a suitable supplement for those seeking a plant-based or vegan approach to skin care.

Collagen can be a helpful skincare supplement for many people. However, if you’re currently taking collagen, we would encourage you to ask some key questions to ensure you are fully informed about the origins of the product you’re using.

Manufacturers of collagen supplements have no FDA standard that they must adhere to when sourcing collagen. In fact, the average consumer is not ingesting medical-grade collagen.

What grade of collagen are you ingesting daily?

The average consumer is not ingesting medical-grade collagen. 

Medical-grade collagen is the highest grade because of its compatibility with human cells, which enables rapid regeneration of tissue and other bio-structures.

However, medical-grade collagen products cost around $10,000 USD/kg. 

Given the average price of collagen supplements on the market, it is safe to suggest that most consumers are not receiving the highest grade of collagen in their supplements.

Are you sure your collagen isn’t sourced from unhealthy cattle stock afflicted with Mad Cow Disease?

Australia is the only country in the world with a BSE-free status. BSE stands for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as ‘mad cow disease’. 

Countries such as Brazil and China can undercut Australian collagen producers on price due to factors such as lower labour costs. Can you be sure that your collagen originates from a country or factory farm not afflicted with BSE?

Do you know what part of the animal your collagen is sourced from?

The majority of collagen supplements are sourced from the various body parts of animals. These include:

  • Type I: Skin, tendons, organs, bone
  • Type II: Cartilage
  • Type III: Skin, reticulate fibres (e.g. bone marrow)
  • Type IV: Basement cell membranes
  • Type V: Dermal junction, placental/foetal tissue

Once this skin and tissue has been extracted, it undergoes a rigorous manufacturing process where the raw material is heavily synthesised with industrial chemicals before it reaches the consumer. 

Collagen of the future? 

The collagen industry reports the value of offal, bones and hides has been dramatically increasing since 2017 and is projected to to continue. It may not be long until these secondary products are being used as the basis for collagen supplements. 

Is marine collagen sustainable?

Methods used in capturing wild fish are very damaging. Even with regulations and policies in place to reduce negative consequences on the environment, the general population of marine resources is in decline.

According to the World Bank, it is estimated that 90% of the world’s natural fish stocks are fully or over-exploited, depleted, or in a state of collapse. 

Plant-based purity removes uncertainty

Because skin supplements are ingested internally, it is important to find the most pure and potent products, untouched by additives or excessive manufacturing. 

It is our aim to provide skincare enthusiasts with a viable alternative to collagen if they are seeking a plant-based solution. 

The power of PURE SNOW is the polysaccharides naturally occurring within the Snow Mushroom.

PURE SNOW is a polysaccharide supplement that regenerates skin 

A polysaccharide supplement provides a biochemically different approach to collagen while improving skin hydration, hyperpigmentation and elasticity.

While collagen is a protein that helps cell structure, polysaccharides are the fuel of the cell and are essential for skin health. 

Polysaccharide supplements, such as PURE SNOW from Snow Mushroom, come from plant sources, providing a vegan alternative that offers the same – if not better – skin benefits as collagen.

PURE SNOW also has the extra benefits of plant polyphenols (antioxidants).

Learn more about the power of polysaccharides and polyphenols

(Spoiler: They reduce fine lines and pigmentation, and restore moisture loss in the skin)

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