Early in life, our bodies can make all the collagen that it needs. As we age, these levels decrease. Add on lifestyle choices and environmental factors such as smoking, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and sun exposure, and we’re not only making less as we age but potentially destroying the collagen that we are still making. Ultimately, what less collagen production means is faster aging internally, as well as appearing to age quicker externally.
Hydrolyzed collagen is a form of collagen that has been broken down into smaller units, easily digestible and absorbable by the body. Two clinically researched ingredients, Verisol bioactive collagen peptides and Collactive collagen peptide complex, are both hydrolyzed collagen. To further optimize absorption, the specific peptide (amino acids) structure in these formulas includes higher amounts of glycine, lysine and proline. These amino acids increase collagen production in the dermal layer of the skin, resulting in reduced fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin hydration, and smoother looking skin in 28 days.1,2
Verisol and Collactive are both patented compositions of collagen peptides and are the only scientifically validated oral collagen peptides specifically optimized for skin improvement. Verisol (2.5 g/day) and Collactive (2g/day) help reduce wrinkles in 28 days. The collagen in Verisol is predominantly type I collagen (75 to 80%) and type III collagen, making it an ideal collagen source for beauty from within. Verisol has a low molecular weight and its special composition makes Verisol even more effective, as shown in numerous human clinical trials. Additionally, only Verisol has been shown to improve skin surface structure and decrease Cellulite. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study showed that the oral intake of 2.5 grams of Verisol daily significantly decreases the Cellulite score. First results were visible after three months, but more pronounced after six months.3
Collactive is a pescatarian-friendly formula sourced sustainably from wild-caught North Atlantic whitefish and guaranteed to have no fishy odor or after taste. Collactive is composed of 94% Type 1 hydrolyzed collagen and 6% elastin oligopeptides-the same ratio found in human skin. Clinically supported Collactive showed a synergistic anti-wrinkle action, stimulating skin to lift and tone sagging areas and minimize lines and wrinkles, while increasing skins ability to retain moisture. This was accomplished using a significantly lower amount (2 grams, with the unique blend of 1,880 mg hydrolyzed collagen and 120 mg hydrolyzed elastin ) than normally suggested for conventional collagen (ranges from 10 to 20 grams).
- Proksch, E., Seggar, D., Degwert, J., et al. (2014). Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 27(1), 47-55.
- Proksch, E., Schunck, M., Zague, V., et al. (2014). Oral intake of specific bioactive collagen peptides reduces skin wrinkles and increases dermal matrix synthesis. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 27(3), 113-119
- Schunck, M., Zague, V., Oesser, S., &Proksch, E. (2015). Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology. Journal of Medicinal Food, 18(12), 113-119
Michael Chase, MS, NTP
Nutrition Science and Dietetics