This time, I am reviewing the product “Meiji Amino Collagen” which was given as a sample in the Vellvette Box in March 2013. I went ahead and purchased a full-sized product as a request from my mom. She was consuming it regularly. I too have consumed it although I am a vegetarian, but not by birth, so I had no qualms. The sample which came to us in the Vellvette box was a 7 gm size per packet for 7 days. The full size product comes with a measuring scoop to get that much quantity.
Meji is a Japanese venture in India; it has come to India by setting up a Meiji India Ltd. which is part of the Japanese global giant, Meiji Holdings Co. Ltd. The group has a presence all over the world and employs approximately 15,000 people globally. Meiji Group is a leader in confectionery, dairy, health food and nutrition products. They also have a very strong presence in the OTC (over the counter) drugs segment, apart from producing veterinary drugs and agricultural chemicals. Meiji India Ltd. has commenced operations with the confectionery products Hello Panda and Yan Yan, and Amino Collagen. The Company claims that “Meiji Amino Collagen is a Japanese beauty product that enhances retains and replenishes essential nutrients needed for a healthy glowing skin. It is a neutral flavor and fast-dissolving powder formula that can be served in hot or cold beverages and meals. Add it in coffee, juice, yogurt, or any of your favorite dishes and see the difference yourself in just 7 days.” Sounds wow. *happy dance*
Meiji Amino Collagen is made from high quality, low-molecular collagen peptide. Apart from this it also contains, Arginine, Vitamin C, Glucosamine and gum arabic. Collagen is supposed to be present in all the anti-wrinkle creams available in the market.
My Take on Meiji Amino Collagen Skin Glow:
I work with a Japanese Expat, so I went to him for an evaluation. According to the Japanese –san (that is how you refer to them suffix “san” after their name, they are very high on etiquettes), girls in Japan start taking this supplement right from the age of 20-21. He gave a word of caution that collagen is derived from the skin of pig or fish and thus may not be liked by Indians. I think Meiji Amino Collagen is derived from fish. The product is basically free flowing powder which mixes quickly with any drink.
Okay, so now to the taste. YUCK is the word, especially for someone who does not eat non-vegetarian. My mom can tolerate the taste and takes a smaller helping than prescribed. Thus the taste may be subjective.
We usually mix it any drink, like lemon juice or Tang and drink it with our noses closed. I have given it a skip for few days as I was facing diarrhea and some minor breakouts on my skin. Yes, that’s a possibility; it is even mentioned on the Amino collagen website FAQs. It has also been advised to take this with any Vitamin C rich product. (Humble Nimbu pani) *Jai ho*
My mom has seen visible changes on her face and yes I believe that too. For me, I did not take it regularly, so cannot comment much on this.
Pros of Meiji Amino Collagen Skin Glow:
- Result oriented.
- Easy to consume either with hot/cold food items.
- Easily dissolves in any drink.
- Easily available in any country, in India it is available at Vellvette.com.
- Imparts glow to skin.
- Relatively cheaper than the anti-wrinkle creams (I am comparing with high-end ones).
- Vellvette is offering discounts. : D
Cons of Meiji Amino Collagen Skin Glow:
- Smells bad and taste is a bit overwhelming.
- Can cause diarrhea and skin breakouts for a short while.
- Not available at a retail store yet.
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