With a deep connection to New Zealand and the Mãori culture, Ora Organic is a company that develops more ethical, more sustainable, and healthier supplements. They don’t use any artificial ingredients, and the majority of the ingredients they use is organic, all of which must abide by high standards of quality, ethics, and purity.
Ora Organic aptly named themselves the ultimate plant-based nutrition company, and with reason, because their entire product line is 100% plant-based and vegan certified. This includes their Aloe Gorgeous which is an organic and vegan collagen-boosting powder made with aloe vera, protein, silica, and vitamins C and E.
While fully plant-based, Ora Organic is not necessarily marketed for vegans, so if you’re a health-conscious individual that appreciates clean, transparent, and organic supplements, this one might be up your alley.
Ora Organic Collagen Nutrition
One serving of 1 scoop (12 grams) and 50 calories contains 3 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbohydrates (1 gram of dietary fiber and 4 grams of sugar), and 1,5 grams of saturated fat. Based on the flavor you pick, these numbers will vary slightly, but for this review, we’ve used the vanilla flavor as the primary example.
On a micronutrient basis, you will find two vitamins associated with collagen production: vitamin C helps regulate the synthesis of collagen, and vitamin E supposedly helps protect against collagen cross-linking and lipid peroxidation – which are chemical events in the body that are both linked to the ageing of skin.
Amino acids are also essential in collagen production, and they’re present in protein. In each serving you have 3 grams of organic pea protein, which is naturally high in Lysine and Glycine – both being essential amino acids required in the production of collagen.
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Ora Organic Collagen Ingredients & Benefits
This supplement contains a blend called Aloe Gorgeous, which includes ingredients such as organic pea protein, organic acerola cherry extract, organic aloe vera gel powder, organic bamboo whole plant extract, and sunflower vitamin E.
Organic Pea Protein
Besides being an excellent option for those who want a plant-based source of protein, pea protein is allergen-free, which is good news for anyone with food allergies to dairy, wheat, soy, and egg. Of course, because it comes from plants rather than animals, it’s also the best choice for vegans and vegetarians.
Also as I’ve mentioned briefly, pea protein contains the amino acid lysine, which plays a role in the formation of collagen, the protein acting as a scaffold that supports your skin and bones. (1) However, pea protein is also high in glycine, which has been shown to have a greater effect in collagen production than lysine. (2)
Lysine seems to play a role in animal tissue by becoming more active at the site of a wound and helping speed up the repair process. (3) It may also act as a binding agent by increasing the number of news cells at a wound, and promote the formation of new blood vessels. (4)
While these are often mentioned as health benefits – the evidence behind them still needs more research, although it’s true that amino acids play a role in collagen production.
Organic Acerola Cherry Extract
Acerola Cherry is essentially the ingredient that provides this product with 90 milligrams of vitamin C, which is the equivalent to 100% of the RDA.
Naturally, its benefits are derived from its natural abundance in vitamin C, which compared to strawberries and oranges – acerola cherry does seem to outperform them, especially if organically grown. (5)
Vitamin C builds collagen, protects mucus membranes, prevents scurvy, and it also plays a role in keeping the immune system functioning and help the body fight against infections, viruses, and cancers.
In terms of collagen production, Vitamin C is vastly important, as it’s an essential co-factor for two enzymes required for collagen production: prolyl hydroxylase (which stabilizes the collagen molecule) and lysyl hydroxylase (that provides it with structural strength cross-linking). In other words, by playing a crucial role in collagen synthesis, vitamin C consequently provides anti-ageing effects. (6)
Organic Aloe Vera Gel Powder
As a plant, aloe vera has been used as medicine throughout the centuries, and today, it is included in creams, ointments, and gels to treat various skin conditions.
However, there is limited evidence in terms of its effects when taken as an oral supplement.
In the first clinical study (done in 2009), researchers discovered that aloe vera improved facial wrinkles and elasticity. It turns out that aloe vera contains glucomannan, a biologically active polysaccharide that has shown to increase collagen biosynthesis. (7)
Still, it’s important to note that this study, in particular, has a small sample, and the supplementation was done for a relatively short time.
As a topical solution, aloe vera does seem to have positive effects on the skin, but I think more evidence is required to confirm whether it’s effective as an oral supplement, particularly skin-wise.
Organic Bamboo Whole Plant Extract
According to bamboo advocates, bamboo is naturally abundant in silica, a compound which they claim to promote healthy skin and hair. Silica can also be referred to as orthosilicic acid, so If you want to conduct your own research, you’ll find that you can more easily find information by using that term.
The video above speaks on the therapeutic benefits of silica (or orthosilicic acid), namely in how it can stimulate collagen type 1, skin fibroblasts, bone mineralization, among other benefits, which I have found to hold some truth, according to a review published in 2013 with over 100 references. (8)
Sunflower Vitamin E
Sunflower Vitamin E is basically vitamin E derived from sunflower seeds.
Vitamin E has many forms (around eight), with the most commonly used being tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol which are often added to skincare products.
However, the role of vitamin E does not necessarily impact collagen production, but it contains antioxidant properties which fight off free radicals that cause oxidative damage.
Because vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, it protects fat-soluble structures, namely hormones like estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and cortisol, which are made out of cholesterol and fat, so consuming high levels of vitamin E keeps them from being oxidized.
Ora Organic Collagen Price
The price can range from $27.99 to $34.99 for a single tube. That amounts to 20 servings, so you’re looking at $1.75 per serving if just opt for a single tube.
Personally, I find that a bit expensive, considering that many collagen products come with the typical 30 servings, however, the quality of the ingredients seems to play a big role here, as they’re mostly organic.
By subscribing to a recurrent delivery service (which you can choose between 1 and 3 months), you can bring the price of the product down to $27.99 per tube, which would be equivalent to $1.39 per serving. That gets significantly less expensive, so it’s something to keep in mind.
Ora Organic Collagen Taste
By mixing it with almond and oat milk, you’ll notice that the powder dissolves very easily and that the taste is just right – it doesn’t have an overpowering fake vanilla taste, but a creamy vanilla caramel treat that is very addicting, which will keep you craving for more.
I have not taste the peanut butter and chocolate flavors, but I don’t see them being a disappointment either.
What I appreciate about Ora Organic, is that they’re not inventing new formulas or adding “never heard of before” ingredients – they’re sticking to plants with properties or compounds with extensive clinical research that link to collagen production, or that promote healthier skin and hair through other chemical events.
I would like the supplement to contain more servings per tube (at least to last an entire month), but at the same time, I can see why it’s a very popular alternative for ethical, health-conscious individuals.
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2 – de Paz-Lugo P, Lupiáñez JA, Meléndez-Hevia E. High glycine concentration increases collagen synthesis by articular chondrocytes in vitro: acute glycine deficiency could be an important cause of osteoarthritis. Amino Acids. 2018 Oct;50(10):1357-1365. doi: 10.1007/s00726-018-2611-x. Epub 2018 Jul 13. PMID: 30006659; PMCID: PMC6153947.
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5 – Pollyanna C. Cardoso, Ana Paula B. Tomazini, Paulo C. Stringheta, Sônia M.R. Ribeiro, Helena M. Pinheiro-Sant’Ana, Vitamin C and carotenoids in organic and conventional fruits grown in Brazil, Food Chemistry, Volume 126, Issue 2, 2011, Pages 411-416, ISSN 0308-8146, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2010.10.109.
6 – Karen E. Burke, Chapter 8 – Prevention and Treatment of Aging Skin with Topical Antioxidants, Editor(s): Nava Dayan, In Personal Care & Cosmetic Technology, Skin Aging Handbook, William Andrew Publishing, 2009, Pages 149-176, ISBN 9780815515845, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-8155-1584-5.50012-0.
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