BioCell Technology, LLC: 2016 Science of Ingredients
BioCell Collagen: Feed Your Skin and Joints!
With the aging Baby Boomer demographic, the number of adults in ages ranging above 50 years is increasing. Not surprisingly, dietary supplement products claiming to slow aging or improve joint mobility and skin appearance for this demographic are heavily prevalent on the market. However, the science behind both aging related declines and mechanism of action of nutraceuticals needs to be understood in order for informed decisions to be made by consumers.
BioCell Collagen is a patented and clinically tested joint and skin health supplement that stands apart based on its providing hydrolyzed forms of three essential connective tissue components (collagen type II, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid) in a naturally derived and extremely bioavailable matrix. Six published studies support the safety and efficacy of BioCell Collagen. BioCell Collagen is self-affirmed GRAS (generally regarded as safe) and is protected by multiple U.S. and international patents. Furthermore BioCell Collagen has the following health claim approved by NHPD Health Canada: Helps to relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee and helps to maintain healthy skin.
The Science of Aging and Connective Tissue Health
Aging gradually weakens connective tissue via the depletion of collagen and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) contents. Collagen fibrils are universally found in all connective tissues. Therein, they provide a structural network that is both rigid enough to maintain the form of these abused tissues, but pliable enough to provide the cushioning or elasticity required for joint and skin health maintenance. Collagen comes in many flavors depending upon its location in the body. More than 20 different types of collagen have been identified, but generally speaking, you’ll find two types of hydrolyzed collagen in the supplement aisle: TYPE I/III, which is abundant and found primarily in the hides, bones, and skin of animals. TYPE II, which is rarer and purer because it is only found in cartilage where it naturally coexists with hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate in a blood-free environment.
Scientifically Proven in Multiple Human Clinical Trials
Dietary supplementation of collagen and its more bioavailable hydrolyzed forms have become obvious choices for combating age-related joint and skin issues as they provide necessary building blocks for the degenerating tissue(s). BioCell Collagen has proven to be a safe and effective means to help maintain connective tissue health in both joints and skin. Only one collagen-containing supplement, BioCell Collagen, has a natural matrix of hydrolyzed bioavailable forms of all three connective tissue components (collagen as well sulfated and non-sulfated GAGs). BioCell Collagen, a unique and patented nutraceutical that supports both collagen and GAGs with low molecular weight forms of each component, is clinically tested to improve joint comfort in >89 percent of test subjects. Clinical studies also indicate that BioCell Collagen promotes improved maintenance of normal musculoskeletal tissue and recovery during sports activity. Remarkably, still more clinical studies demonstrate increases in skin hydration and skin elasticity, indicating BioCell Collagen bolsters connective tissue health in the skin.
A quick trip around the floor of Expo West and it was easy to see the exploding popularity of dietary supplements for healthy aging. In fact, as the science behind BioCell Collagen improves and additional structure function claims are tested via clinical trials, this ingredient class is sure to only grow in popularity and use.
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2 Schauss AG, et al. Effect of the novel low molecular weight hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage extract, BioCell Collagen, on improving osteoarthritis-related symptoms: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Agric Food Chem. 2012. 60(16):4096-101.
3 Lopez HL, et al. Evaluation of the Effects of BioCell Collagen, a Novel Cartilage Extract, on Connective Tissue Support and Functional Recovery From Exercise. Integr Med. 2015. 14(3):30-8.
4 Schwartz SR, et al. A randomized double blind clinical pilot trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of hydrolyzed collagen type II in adults with osteoarthritis, 2004 FASEB J.P94.
5 Schwartz SR, et al. Ingestion of BioCell Collagen, a novel hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage extract; enhanced blood microcirculation and reduced facial aging signs. Clin lnterv Aging. 2012. 7:267-73.