4LIFE RESEARCH Philippines, the local branch of a Utah-based direct-selling company focused on food supplements, has launched its newest product: a hydrolyzed collagen drink meant to promote healthy aging by slowing down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

“At 4Life, we take pride in providing our consumers products that are well researched and scientifically backed. 4Life Transfer Factor Collagen boosts the immune system and slows down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We are very proud of this unique formula,” Eileen Tan-Dario, general manager of 4Life Research Philippines, said in a statement.

The product, called 4Life Transfer Factor Collagen, contains 5,000 mg hydrolyzed collagen per 6.6 gm packet. The collagen is sourced from fish and comes from around the world. (Since the product is made from fish collagen, this supplement is not suitable for vegetarians and vegans.)

Aside from having collagen, which is said to improve skin health and “may also help increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss, and relieve joint pain,” according to healthline.com, 4Life’s collagen also includes “Transfer Factor,” a chemical taken from a human or animal that has already developed immunity against a certain disease.

4Life uses Transfer Factors taken from cow colostrum and egg yolk powder to help support the immune system. The 4Life transfer factor formula also contains Vitamins C and E.

“It is a product made by the immune system for the immune system. 4Life Transfer Factor can boost, educate, and balance the immune system,” the company said in a statement.

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body and is a major component of connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles) and has many important functions including providing skin with structure and strengthening bones. In mammals, 25% to 35% of all the proteins in the body are collagen.

Collagen, though abundant, starts to decline at age 25 and 4Life recommends taking the supplement as early as age 20 as a “proactive” measure.

“People age at different rates but if you think about in a proactive standpoint, which is always what we preach… If you really want to take a proactive approach, and really get the most benefit in Transfer Factor Collagen, you can take it in your 20s and 30s,” David Vollmer, chief scientific officer at 4Life Research USA, said in a digital conference on Aug. 7.

A box of 4Life Transfer Factor Collagen is priced at P2,248 and contains 15 sachets each weighing 6.6 grams. To use, mix one stick pack with “240 ml or more” of a desired beverage.

As a trial run, this writer (currently aged 26) tried one packet while writing, and the collagen powder tasted a bit salty with a hint of vanilla. Looking at the ingredients list, aside from the hydrolyzed fish collagen and the Transfer Factor formula, the product contains sweeteners and flavor-enhancers including salt and “natural vanilla-peppermint flavor.”

The 4Life Transfer Factor Collagen can be purchased on the 4Life Philippines website (https://philippines.4life.com/corp/product/collagen/1848) and 4Life representatives and distributors. — ZB Chua