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Carrot Hummus
We love hummus, and this delicious Carrot Hummus recipe is no exception. Try it with our delicious BONUS Recipe: Seed Crackers or try with cut up veggies! 
 

You’ll need:
1 cup of dried chickpeas (or 2 cans of tinned chickpeas)
3-4 medium-sized carrots
2 tablespoons of tahini
Juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
1 inch of ginger
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of cumin
½ teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ cup of water
 
Garnish
1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
1 small handful of fresh coriander

 

To make:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius.
 
Soak the chickpeas overnight. Rinse and place in a pot of water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 – 1.5 hours until tender. 
 
While the chickpeas are cooking, line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the carrots on the tray and place in the oven. Roast the carrots for 1 hour.
 
Whisk the tahini, the juice of one lemon, Bestow Beauty Plus Oil and rice wine vinegar to make a thick paste. Mince ginger and garlic and add to the paste.
 
Once the chickpeas are cooked, drain them and let them cool. Remove the carrots from the oven. Once the chickpeas and carrots are cool, put them in a food processer with the tahini paste and the remaining ingredients. Blend on high until it reaches the desired consistency. Add more water if needed. 
 
Garnish with fresh coriander, toasted sesame seeds and a swirl of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil.

Seed Crackers
These crackers take 2 hours to cook so plan to cook these when you are spending the day at home. Trust us, they’re worth it!
 

You’ll need:
1 cup of sesame seeds
1/3 cup of flaxseeds
1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons of psyllium husk
1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon of dried onion flakes 
1/2 teaspoon of dried garlic flakes
1 tsp salt
2 cups warm water

To make:
Mix all the dry ingredients together, add water and mix.
 
Allow the mixture to stand for 15 minutes to become thick and gooey. It will resemble a dough.
 
Preheat the oven to 140 degrees celcius on fan bake.
 
Depending on how thick you would like the crackers to be, line one or two baking trays with baking paper.
 
Spread the dough evenly over the baking tray. Bake for 1 hour, removing after 30 minutes to score lines in the dough indicating where you would like the crackers to break apart once baked.
 
After an hour, check the colour of the crackers. If you would like them to be more golden in colour, bake for a little longer. If you are happy with the colour,  switch off the oven, leaving the crackers in there to crisp up for another hour.
 
Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into crackers and storing in an airtight container.

Cheese-free Pesto
Pesto is a super multifunctional dip/sauce, but for those of us with congesting skin, the cheese in pesto can cause problems. This cheese-free option is a great recipe to keep up your sleeve.
 
You’ll need:
1 ½ cups basil
½ cup Italian parsley
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 cloves of garlic 
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup hemp seeds (or pumpkin seeds)
1 tablespoon Bestow Beauty Oil/Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
2/3 cup Olive oil 
Juice of 2 lemons 
½ teaspoon sea salt


To make:
Places all ingredients in the blender and blend well. If you need more liquid to get it moving use a touch more olive oil.
  • February 1, 2021

One benefit I wasn’t expecting to learn about collagen powder was its ability to act as an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect our body from the damage caused by free radicals by donating an electron or hydrogen to stabilize them.

Researchers found that he antioxidant properties of collagen powder were mostly due to the presence of hydrophobic amino acids it contains. However, more research is needed in order to investigate the exact way in which these amino acid acts as antioxidants. What is known is the antioxidant properties of collagen powder are directly linked to the size of the molecules it contains. The lower the molecular weight of the peptides in the collagen powder, the greater their antioxidant effect.

Bestow Collagen Boost contains the lowest molecular weight peptides available on the market with a size of only 1000 to 2000 Daltons.

Fish-derived collagen, like the type found in Bestow Collagen Boost can also counteract the effect of sun exposure on our collagen and elastin fibres. Typically collagen and elastin, when exposed to UV become abnormal or degraded. Taking these types of collagen powders, help their recovery.

Another added benefit is the affect collagen powder has on hyperpigmentation. A study carried out by dermatologists found that not only did their subjects notice an improvement in the texture and hydration of their skin within 60 days but a reduction in the intensity of any irregular pigmentation they were experiencing.

With all of these benefits, it seems very likely taking collagen powder is an excellent addition to our skin care regimes. All of this research is encouraging, but the final proof will be the improvements we see in not only our skin, but the growth of our hair and nails as well.

We would love to hear about your experiences.

  • January 31, 2021

This is the second blog in a series explaining exactly how collagen powders work and how they benefit our skin.

So far, we have discussed the fact that taking collagen powder can provide the nutritional building blocks required by our body to increase collagen production. In this blog, we will look at an additional benefit that involves protecting the collagen fibres we already have.

One of the things that destroy our existing collagen fibres are enzymes called Matrix Metalloproteinases, or for simplicity MMPs. Our body naturally makes MMP enzymes, and one in particular, collagenase, has the job of removing old matted fibres that are no longer doing their job. But certain things like dehydration, sun exposure, pollution or even just getting older, increase the production of these destructive enzymes too much and consequently, they breakdown healthy, well-functioning fibres and contribute to the rapid ageing of our skin.

It has been shown in several studies that taking collagen powder can help decrease the levels of the enzymes responsible for breaking down our collagen fibres. This helps us maintain the collagen we do have for longer and helps reduce the formation of wrinkles.

The exciting thing is that it is not only our collagen fibres that benefit from this property but our elastin fibres as well. Elastin is another type of fibre found in our skin. It is responsible for the elasticity of our skin, hence the name.  Whereas collagen fibres are responsible for our skin’s strength, elastin fibres give it its ‘snapback’ when pulled or stretched. Taking collagen powder also helps reduce the levels of elastase, an MMP enzyme responsible for breaking down our elastin fibres.

So taking collagen powder every day not only boosts the levels of collagen in your skin, it protects your collagen and elastin fibres as well.

In the next blog, I will share with you a very unexpected benefit of taking collagen powder. In the meantime, keep up with your daily collagen dose, your skin will thank you for it.

  • January 28, 2021

In my last blog, we discussed the research showing our bodies can absorb collagen powder. These studies showed the level of collagen peptides in our blood increases significantly one to two hours after taking collagen.

In the next series of blogs, I would like to look at how collagen powder works to increase the elasticity and hydration of our skin and address the visible signs of ageing by reducing the depth of our wrinkles.

There are many ways taking collagen powder can benefit our skin. So today I would like to look at one of the main benefits. This particular benefit is also associated with the most compelling research.

In this study, medical researchers were looking into potential treatments for osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition characterized by a loss of collagen in the cartilage. Because collagen is responsible for the tensile strength of a structure, a lack of collagen weakens the cartilage and contributes to the pain and discomfort experienced by osteoarthritis sufferers.

The researchers wanted to investigate the possibility of increasing the production of collagen to address this deficiency. They found that the answer was simply a matter of addressing the age-old problem of supply versus demand.

Collagen-producing cells demand a certain level of nutritional building blocks to produce collagen. Two of the essential nutrients required are the amino acids, proline and glycine. These form the basis or backbone of the collagen fibre. It used to be thought that our body could make these amino acids from other sources of dietary protein, but we now know that there is a significant problem with this process. 

Our bodies are very inefficient at producing proline and glycine, and when you combine this with the fact they are also hard to source in our diet, then we have a problem of supply and demand. Because of this it appears most of us are in a state of permanent deficiency, neither being able to source or manufacture enough proline and glycine to meet our biological needs. 

 

The researchers wanted to see if they could increase the amount of collagen produced simply by suppling our collagen-producing cells with more  proline and glycine. They found that this was in fact what happened and it was relatively straight forward to double collagen production by providing the collagen-producing cells with these important building blocks. The researchers concluded that this would most likely benefit not only our cartilage but our bones and skin as well. 

 

Collagen powder is a rich, bioavailable source of these vital amino acids. In fact, 25% of the dry weight of collagen peptides is pure glycine, the most effective of the two amino acids. This not only shows the benefits of taking collagen powder but also demonstrates the importance of nutrition for the proper functioning of our bodies. 

 

In the next blog we will look at the way collagen powders protect the collagen our skin makes from being broken down. 

 

  • January 14, 2021