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Top 5 Benefits of Taking Collagen Supplements
Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG)
May 12, 2021
Collagen products are trending, and collagen peptides (which are better absorbed ) is a market valued at approximately $528.4 million in 2019 and is anticipated to grow more than 5.8 % over the forecast period 2020-2027. There’s no question about it, collagen—and especially collagen peptides—are popular products. Why are they so popular? Simply stated, they have some seriously meaningful benefits. This article will address the top 5 benefits of taking a specific collagen peptide material called Verisol®.
About Verisol® collagen peptides
So why am I writing about Verisol® specifically? Because not all collagen products are created equal, and I’m impressed by the human clinical research that has been conducted on this particular collagen material. Let’s start this discussion by explaining the meaning of “collagen peptide”. In short, a peptide is just a small protein chain. The significance of this is that smaller protein chains—or peptides—tend to be easily absorbed and distributed in the body. This was certainly shown to be the case for Verisol® collagen peptides.
Verisol® collagen peptides absorption and distribution
In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, collagen peptides could be detected in different organs and connective tissues after oral administration of Verisol®. Of particular interest is that almost 100% of the orally consumed collagen peptides were rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract as indicated by a pronounced increase of these peptides in blood plasma within first 12 hours. Later on, these peptides were detectable in several organs and tissues, including the skin. In fact, skin is one of the predominantly accumulating organs caused by a high blood flow rate and good absorption of small collagen peptides in this tissue.
Benefit #1 – Reduce eye wrinkles
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study with 114 women aged 45-65, 2.5 grams/day of Verisol® collagen peptides were found to promote a statistically significant 20% reduction of eye wrinkle volume (p < 0.05) in comparison to the placebo group after 8 weeks of intake.
Benefit #2 – Increase collagen and elastin production
In the same study, after 8 weeks of intake a statistically significantly higher content of procollagen type I (65%) and elastin (18%) in the Verisol®-treated volunteers was seen compared to the placebo-treated patients. Procollagen is converted into collagen in the body.
Benefit #3 – Improve skin elasticity
In another 8-week double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 69 women aged 35-55, 2.5 grams/day of Verisol® collagen peptides resulted in a statistically significant improvement in skin elasticity compared to placebo (p < 0.05). Furthermore, after 4 weeks of follow-up treatment, a statistically significantly 10% higher skin elasticity level was determined in older women
Benefit #4 – Improve skin moisture
In previously discussed study, a subgroup analysis found the same dose of Verisol® collagen peptides positively influenced to skin moisture, skin evaporation, and skin roughness.
Benefit #5 – Reduce cellulite
In a third, 6-month double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study with 105 women aged 24-50 years, 2.5 grams/day of Verisol® collagen peptides were shown to result in a statistically significant decrease in the degree of cellulite and a reduction in skin waviness on thighs (P < 0.05) in normal-weight women. Verisol® was also effective in overweight women, although the impact was less pronounced in comparison with women of normal body weight. Moreover, dermal density was significantly improved (P < 0.05) compared to placebo.
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3 Oesser S, Adam M, Babel W, Seifert J. Oral administration of (14)C labeled gelatin hydrolysate leads to an accumulation of radioactivity in cartilage of mice (C57/BL). J Nutr 1999;129:1891-5.
4 Watanabe-Kamiyama M, et al. Absorption and effectiveness of orally administered low molecular weight collagen hydrolysate in rats. J Agric Food Chem 27-1-2010;58:835-41.
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