It’s like Magic, But actually Science.
Sproos makes health simple. Our lifestyle-focused supplements are easy for you to incorporate into your busy daily routine - providing you with purposeful, clean and sustainable nutrition.
With Sproos there’s no mystery ingredients, no multi-step instructions. Just one scoop, once a day. And suddenly, you’re taking care of you.
We start with collagen...
The science is clear: collagen is a key component for the maintenance of healthy skin, gut and joints. It is our mission to source the highest quality collagen from non-GMO, sustainable sources. Our marine collagen is sourced from North Atlantic, wild-caught fish. Our bovine collagen comes from grass-fed cattle. We didn’t like the idea of any contaminants in our products, and we knew you wouldn’t either.
...and then we go further.
We didn't stop there. We consulted with experts, including naturopathic doctors, to develop unique formulas with multiple active ingredients, added in purposeful quantities, to target skin, gut and joint health. Even better, we then turned it into a delicious sugar-free beverage that can be enjoyed as part of a daily health regime. With Sproos, it's one scoop, once a day - and done.
Collagen is a protein made up of long chains of linked amino acids. It’s actually the most abundant source of protein in our entire body. You can think of collagen as a foundational building block, providing strength and structure for our connective tissues. Which means it’s essential to the function of skin, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and the digestive system.
Sadly, our body’s natural collagen production peaks in our early twenties and slowly declines as we age, by about 1.5% per year, to be exact. The good news is that consuming collagen has been found to curb this natural decline, so we don’t need to accept joint stiffness, skin changes and digestive issues as the natural results of an aging body.
The main dietary source of collagen is derived from animals, specifically, the parts of the animals that aren’t popular in today’s recipes. Traditional diets that included the whole animal were also rich in collagen. Modern diets need a boost – so unless you are a fan of substituting bone broth for your coveted morning coffee – it’s time to discover collagen supplements.
When ingesting collagen, we need to be sure that it’s in a format that our body can easily access and use. Dietary collagen is hydrolyzed, meaning that it contains a smaller molecular structure. Once you eat hydrolyzed collagen, it becomes available as peptides in your bloodstream – where it then gets carried off to the areas that need it most. The hydrolyzed collagen used in Sproos products is derived either from the hides of North American grass-fed cattle or the skin and scales of wild-caught fish from the North Atlantic.
Science is showing that by taking collagen supplements, we can regenerate, repair and strengthen connective tissue. Resulting in global benefits for our entire body.
Benefits of Hydrolized Collagen
- Maintains joint health and flexibility
- Reduces risk of joint deterioration
- Strengthens ligaments and cartilage
- Improves pain associated with joint degeneration
Skin & Hair Benefits
- Improves skin elasticity and hydration
- Visibly improves overall skin tone and appearance – Get that glow!
- Reduces and prevents fine lines
- Hydrates and smoothes dry, brittle hair
- Optimizes immune function of the intestines
- Helps maintain integrity, growth, and function of intestines
- Helps repair digestive tract and prevent ‘leaky gut’
Hydrolyzed Collagen (from North Atlantic wild-caught fish skin)
Collagen is an essential component for the maintenance of healthy skin and hair. The collagen derived from fish is type 1, which is the most abundant collagen in the body and is also the type found in the skin. As we age, our body loses its natural ability to replenish collagen, at a rate of about 1.5% per year. These less than optimal collagen levels, along with the changes in the collagen protein network, are connected to a whole host of negative effects in the area of skin elasticity and suppleness: like thinning, rigid skin, wrinkles, and a dull, dry appearance.
When we take hydrolyzed collagen, it’s absorbed in the small intestine, and then efficiently distributed throughout the body as collagen peptides and free amino acids. These peptides and amino acids provide the building blocks for the formation of new collagen and elastin fibers: it stimulates the production of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. These superstar ingredients are a dream team for your hair and skin.
We specifically chose marine collagen for our Skin & Hair blend as the science shows it to be the collagen type with the highest bioavailability and therefore the most effective type for skin health. And of course, we selected the highest quality fish available to provide the purest source for our marine collagen. Giving you more of what you need, and less of what you don’t.
Hydrolyzed Collagen (from grass-fed bovine hides)
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body and is an integral part of our connective tissue, including the gut. Collagen types 1 and 3, found in grass-fed bovine collagen, play a significant structural role, where they contribute to the elasticity, strength and integrity of tissues. Hydrolyzed collagen is a valuable source of both essential (which must be obtained through diet) and non-essential amino acids, which are the building blocks for the formation of new collagen in the body. These amino acids benefit our gut, joint and skin health. In terms of gut health, research has shown that the specific amino acids found in hydrolyzed collagen are essential to optimizing the immune functions of the intestine, and help to maintain the integrity, growth and function of the intestine. In addition, studies have shown hydrolyzed collagen to provide benefits in maintaining joint health and reducing the risk of joint deterioration, as well as improving the pain associated with degenerative joint changes.
Ginger is one of the most widely consumed spices in the world. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, known to reduce pro-inflammatory markers in the blood. It contains a number of potent substances, such as gingerols and gingerone, which possess a variety of biological activities that may support gut health. Gingerols, for example, have proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities, so may protect and soothe the gut lining. Gingerone is also an inflammatory and possesses anti-diarrhoeic and antispasmodic effects, easing gut discomfort; gingerone may also act as an appetite stimulant.
Organic Acerola Powder (Vitamin C)
Organic Acerola is one of nature’s richest natural sources of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is required in order for the body to form collagen and works in tandem to contribute to the maintenance of optimal collagen density in the skin. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, and may actually limit the damaging effects of free radicals. When the science speaks, we listen. That’s why our Skin and Hair blend contains Vitamin C, as a contributor to the maintenance of optimal collagenic density in the skin.
Turmeric (4:1 extract)
Turmeric root is a prized spice that contains a number of curcuminoids with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. It has been shown that oxidative stress destroys cartilage cells, damaging cartilage and leading to an increased risk of degenerative joint changes and inflammation. Curcumin may prevent such destruction of cartilage cells. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and is associated with decreased joint inflammation, reducing further damage to cartilage cells, and improving joint pain and physical function.
Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Gel
Aloe vera gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf. Aloe vera gel is a demulcent with gastroprotective properties: it soothes irritation and inflammation in the gut. Aloe vera gel may reduce overall severity of gastrointestinal symptoms in those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It has been shown to improve abdominal pain and discomfort, as well as flatulence, in patients with constipation-predominant IBS.
Organic Inulin (from Organic Jerusalem Artichoke)
Inulin is a soluble plant fiber and prebiotic. In the colon, inulin is fermented to produce short chain fatty acids, fuel for beneficial bifidobacteria. Inulin helps to stimulate beneficial bacterial growth in the gut, and reduces the number of potentially harmful bacteria and species. Inulin has also been shown to improve constipation in constipated individuals, reduce the risk of colon cancer, and improve the management of inflammatory bowel diseases. We source our organic inulin from organic Jerusalem Artichoke.
Hyaluronic Acid (from fermentation)
Hyaluronic acid is found in our bones, the synovial fluid of joints, and tendons throughout the body, and is also a bit of a rockstar when it comes to hydration and lubrication. For joints, it is notably present in a type of cartilage called hyaline cartilage, which covers the ends of bones, thereby supporting the hydration, lubrication, and cushioning of joints. With age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the body is depleted, which results in degenerative joint changes, reduced joint elasticity and also lowers our body’s ability to deal with the effects of physical stress.
One of the most remarkable features of hyaluronic acid is its ability to retain moisture, which is key for so many of the body’s functions. About half of all of the hyaluronic acid in our body is found in our skin. With a dramatic decrease in hyaluronic acid, our skin’s ability to hold onto moisture is also dramatically reduced. This leads to a wide range of negative effects in the appearance of our skin. Happily, taking hyaluronic acid has been shown to improve the moisture balance in our skin.
Zinc is a mineral that supports the maintenance and development of immune cells. Zinc has been shown to modulate the immune response, meaning that it is it critical for a controlled and well-adapted immune system. Zinc is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. While acute zinc deficiency has been shown to decrease the immune response, chronic zinc deficiency increases the risk of inflammation. When it comes to zinc supplementation, form matters: we use zinc picolinate because it is better absorbed than other forms, such as zinc gluconate and zinc citrate.
Silica (from Horsetail herb [Equisetum arvense])
The incorporation of silica within certain plant cell walls has been well documented. However, this ability varies greatly between plant species. Extensive analysis of silica uptake has been carried out and plants of the families Equisetaceae, for example, show high silica accumulation. Horsetail Extract is a valuable source of silica. Silica is a critical mineral for optimal collagen health and synthesis, which positively impacts skin strength and elasticity. Silica may also be associated with a lower rate of hair loss and increased brightness, and may be involved in structural integrity of nails.
Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin involved in the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates and fats. More specifically, biotin is necessary for the formation of fatty acids and glucose (which are used as fuels by the body). It is also necessary for the metabolism of amino acids and carbohydrates, and is a key regulator of gene expression. Biotin cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from the diet or through supplementation. Symptoms of biotin deficiency can include hair loss, inflammation of the skin, and skin rash. Studies have shown that women with brittle fingernails who supplemented with biotin experienced less fingernail splitting and an increase in thickness of their nail plates.
L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and is an important fuel source for intestinal cells. Glutamine is crucial for mounting an intestinal cell response against inflammation and injury. Dietary addition of L-glutamine improves intestinal integrity as well as the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Individuals with leaky gut (i.e. increased intestinal permeability) may benefit from supplemental glutamine in their diet.
Quercetin (from the flower of Styphnolobium japonicum)
Quercetin is a flavonoid with positive effects on the immune response and inflammation. Flavonoids, such as quercetin, have potent antioxidant capabilities and scavenge free radicals to protect gut cells. Quercetin halts the inflammatory process regulated by neutrophils (a type of white blood cell). This prevents the release of pro-inflammatory histamine and leukotrienes and minimizes allergic and gut symptoms.
MSM is a sulfur-containing compound that provides biologically active sulfur, a critical mineral involved in a wide range of body functions. Because it facilitates normal cellular activity and a healthy immune response, MSM is a potent anti-inflammatory. MSM has been shown to decrease joint pain, and to improve stiffness and physical functioning of the joints.
Glucosamine Sulfate (from shrimp exoskeletons)
Glucosamine is made from chains of sugars and proteins and is naturally found within the cartilage of joints. Glucosamine increases the amount of cartilage and fluid that surrounds our joints, which helps to prevent joint degeneration and subsequent pain. Research has demonstrated that supplemental Glucosamine Sulfate may help to modify joint structure and reduce joint space narrowing, and may disrupt the progression of osteoarthritis. Glucosamine sulfate may reduce also pain symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Organic Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)
Camellia sinensis is a plant that produces green, black, or Oolong tea. The consumption of green tea has been associated with a range of benefits, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Many of the health-promoting effects of green tea have been mainly attributed to its polyphenol content, most of which are flavonols, also known as catechins; epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant catechin in green tea. It also tastes delicious and contributes to the subtle flavoring of our Skin & Hair blend.
Organic Coconut Water
Tropical regions have always known about the amazing health benefits of tender coconut water, which comes from young green coconuts. Each nut contains about 200 mL to 1 L of coconut water. Coconut water is packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
Stevia is an intensely sweet natural sweetener that is harvested from the stevia rebaudiana plant. Research indicates that stevia sweeteners do not contribute calories or carbohydrates to the diet and do not affect blood glucose or insulin response. Organic stevia is a component of our sugar-free sweetener blend, alongside organic erythritol and monk fruit, and makes a good alternative to sweeteners that can spike blood sugar.
Monk fruit contains compounds which, when extracted, are 300 times the sweetness of cane sugar but with no calories and no effect on blood sugar. This fruit has been used as a sweetener for centuries across Asia. Thanks to its high antioxidant levels, it has also been used medicinally. Monk is a component of our sugar-free sweetener blend, alongside organic erythritol and organic stevia.
Erythritol is a sugar substitute that looks and tastes like sugar, but has almost no calories. Erythritol is described as having a zero glycemic index, and it has not been found to affect blood sugar or insulin levels. Organic erythritol is made by breaking down the starch from organic (non-GMO) corn to make glucose. Glucose is then fermented with yeast or another fungus to produce organic erythritol. Erythritol is almost fully absorbed in the small intestine, so does not typically cause the laxative effects that some individuals experience with other sugar alcohols, like xylitol and maltitol. Organic Erythritol is a component of our sugar-free sweetener blend, alongside organic stevia and monk fruit, and makes a tasty alternative to sweeteners that can spike blood sugar.
Pure sea salt retains all essential natural elements from the sea. Sea salt can contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and iodine. Each of these elements is essential for good human health.
Despite what you may have read on the internet, there is no hidden MSG or unmentionable parts of beavers in our Natural Flavours. The FDA defines “natural flavour” or “natural flavouring as “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavouring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavouring rather than nutritional.” At Sproos we only use flavouring from plant-based natural sources.
Sodium phosphate is a generic term that may refer to any sodium salt of phosphoric acid. It is commonly added to food, serving a variety of purposes, and has been well studied and is considered safe. We use it to mask some of the more unpalatable flavors provided by the medicinal ingredients contained in our Joint formulation. Sodium phosphate has also been found to help in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth, acts as a source of electrolytes for the maintenance of good health and helps to maintain the body's ability to metabolize nutrients.
Citric acid is a natural substance found in fruit and vegetables – especially citrus fruits like lemons and limes. In dietary supplements, citric acid may be used to enhance flavour, specifically an acidic or sour taste. Citric acid also may act as a natural preservative.
Malic acid is a natural substance found in fruit and vegetables, one of the most common sources being apples. It is also naturally present in our body’s cells and large amounts of it are formed and then eventually broken down again on a daily basis. It possesses many health-related benefits such as boosting immunity, maintaining oral health, reducing the risk of poisoning from a buildup of toxic metals and promoting smoother and firmer skin. Malic acid provides a safe and effective way for us to enhance the flavor and function of our blends.