TRR Pro Advanced Collagen
by Chris Galley
by Chris Galley
We’re are often asked to test various potions and new fashion trends. Most of the time we simply refuse, basing our philosophy on exercise, a healthy diet and the great outdoors.
My personal journey has been one of bumps, bangs, falls and broken bones, serious injury and several visits to the surgeon for some body-shop repairs. Yes, a life of sport and activity takes its toll as you get older. It seems to take longer to get over these issues and back to training. I eat a healthy diet and I look after myself; but now I find myself looking for something else to help get back to training quicker and stay fresh for longer. Step in TRR Nutrition.
This was one email in my inbox that I did stop to read, being directed to their website and searching through the usual marketing spin. However, the positive reviews drew me in and and I wanted to learn more from TRR Nutrition. Now, I have no allergies to fish or crustaceans, I’m certainly not a child, young person, pregnant or breastfeeding, because those people shouldn’t be taking these type of products. I have a balanced and healthy diet and this would be adding this product to that and not using it solely as a food substitute. I was also very pleased and reassured to see this product is approved by Informed-Sports with their stamp of quality assurance applied.
Off we go then. I contacted TRR and the review process was started. I was sent a 30 day supply of Pro Collagen and a tub of their Pro Collagen Powder to continue after the 30 day supply had been completed. If you are in any doubt about taking food supplements then seek the advice and help of a medical professional to see if it’s right for you.
My aim at the start of the review was two fold: to train hard one day and wake up over the next few days with less stiffness and soreness, and secondly, for my aching joints and my back to calm down from something like a yell to being more of a whimper, allowing me to train more consistently. That’s not too much to ask for from a product which claims to provide that kind of solution condensed down into a 50ml bottle. The product contains Marine Collagen, Turmeric, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, ginger, vitamin c and copper (please refer to their website for dosage amounts as it would take too long to write). If you didn’t know, Collagen holds tissue and cells together in your body. It’s a major part of your body’s structure but modern low fat diets don’t allow us to absorb enough collagen (unless you sucking on that horrible fatty bit on steaks…) The reason why fish collagen was used. It contains more type 1 than any other source and this is the primary building block of skin and cartilage, so it makes sense. Turmeric has been used throughout the ages for it’s perceived health benefits in particular with joints so it makes sense that’s in there too. Glucosamine is another building block for growth, repair and maintenance of cartilage and also makes sense. Vit C, Ginger and Copper are also either in there to promote healthy immune systems or to help the body process the other materials.
Copper did bug me a little, around the whole ‘adding a metal to my body’ conversation; but when reading about it, I found it helps process the collagen and supports a healthy body so I accepted that it was required.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be outlining how the review went, the changes and benefits and how my performance and recovery has been affected. It’s something new for me, but it could just be the ticket for an middle aged athlete – let’s wait and see.