Infuse Issue 11 May 2020 - Page 27
There are three types of Collagen. Type I is the
most abundant in your body, followed by Type
III and then Type II. Types I and III are most
beneficial for skin health and elasticity, and
reducing the signs of ageing. Type II collagen
is found in the cartilage of your joints and is
the type taken by people with degenerative
joint problems such as osteoarthritis. If you
take Type II collagen then it is recommended
that you take it separately from the other
types to aid with its absorption.
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There are other claims made about collagen
such as benefitting hair, nails and gut health,
but the research is not clear. Better quality
trials are needed.
Monk fruit (or Luo han guo)
Monk fruit extract is derived from the fruit of
Siraitia grosvenorii, a perennial vine native to
southern China where it is used in Traditional
Chinese Medicine. Monk fruit is known for
its characteristic intensely-sweet taste. The
fruit derives its sweetness from its naturally
occurring glucose and fructose, as well as its
high-intensity triterpene compounds known
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Because of these sweet mogrosides, monk
fruit extract is approximately 20 times sweeter
than other fruit juices. It has a very clean
flavour profile with no lingering bitterness.
This makes the extract an obvious solution for
replacing sugar in beverages.
Currently monk fruit can only be used as
a food and drink flavouring. But you could
soon see it on supermarket shelves as a table
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Infuse | May 2020