Everything You Need to Know About Hydrolyzed Collagen
Collagen is a key structural protein in the body, forming the various connective tissues, which include the skin, bones, ligaments, blood vessels and muscles. It has great tensile strength, meaning strong when pulled, making it perfectly suited for its role. In the skin specifically, collagen is essential for maintaining strength, firmness, suppleness and elasticity.
Collagen is produced in the body by cells called fibroblasts, whose job is to secrete collagen, along with other important components of the skin and connective tissues. There is a constant turnover of collagen in the body, meaning it is continually being broken down and replaced by new collagen. If this balance is disturbed for any reason, for example by stress or a lack of correct nutrients, the result is collagen loss. As we age, collagen production also naturally slows down, leading to the typical signs of skin ageing such as sagging, loss of elasticity and wrinkles.
Minimising these losses and boosting collagen levels in the body is therefore a key target for ‘nutricosmetics’ and will have visible benefits for skin condition.
Nutrition + Cosmetics = Nutricosmetics. Nutritional supplements that support the function, structure and appearance of the skin, hair and nails. Designed to deliver natural beauty and anti-ageing benefits from within.
How Collagen Supplements Work
Research has shown that taking collagen orally enhances its availability compared with applying it in a cream. The positive effects of oral collagen are also longer lasting than those of a face creams. This is because collagen taken orally impacts the deeper layers of the skin, targeting the dermal layer, which is where collagen losses occur. Creams on the other hand, tend to have their effects primarily on the epidermis – the top layer of the skin. The visible improvements observed with creams are mainly due to increased hydration of the epidermis, rather than the deeper structural changes achieved with collagen supplementation.
When we take collagen internally, it is absorbed via the digestive system, in exactly the same way as other nutrients. It works by stimulating the fibroblast cells to produce more of your body’s own natural collagen.
The collagen in Beauty & Go is in the form of hydrolyzed collagen peptides, shorter fragments of collagen that are more easily absorbed by the body than whole collagen molecules. Studies have proven hydrolyzed collagen peptides to be highly bio-available – meaning they are readily absorbed and able to exert a beneficial effect1.
Bioactive collagen peptides (BCPs) are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, taking about 12 hours to arrive at the tissues. They are believed to work by sending a false signal to the body indicating that collagen destruction has occurred, thus stimulating more collagen fibres to be synthesised by the fibroblasts to replace it.
At the same time, the formation of other important components of skin are stimulated, including elastin, which gives skin elasticity and hyaluronic acid, which helps keep skin hydrated. Other health benefits of collagen include reducing the appearance of cellulite2, improving joint and bone health and increasing muscle strength3,4.
Hydrolyzed Collagen in Beauty & Go
Beauty & Go uses bovine sourced collagen, which is biologically closer to human collagen than other forms. Its effectiveness is backed by gold standard research studies. For example, a 2016 study using bovine sourced collagen found a 20% reduction in eye wrinkle volume after just 4 weeks. These effects also persisted 4 weeks after the subjects stopped taking the collagen.5
Beauty & Go contains 2.5g of bioactive hydrolyzed collagen peptides in each drink, which is the amount shown in studies to have a beneficial effect.
- Proksch E, Segger D, Degwert J, Schunck M, Zague V, Oesser S. Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2014;27(1):47-55.
- Schunck M, Zague V, Oesser S, Proksch E. Dietary Supplementation with specific collagen peptides has a body mass index-dependent beneficial effect on cellulite morphology. 2016. J of Med Food. Epub.
- Benito-Ruiz P1, Camacho-Zambrano MM, Carrillo-Arcentales JN, Mestanza-Peralta MA, Vallejo-Flores CA, Vargas-López SV, Villacís-Tamayo RA, Zurita-Gavilanes LA. A randomized controlled trial on the efficacy and safety of a food ingredient, collagen hydrolysate, for improving joint comfort. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2009;60 Suppl 2:99-113.
- Moskowitz RW1. Role of collagen hydrolysate in bone and joint disease. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2000 Oct;30(2):87-99.
- Proksch E1, Schunck M, Zague V, Segger D, Degwert J, Oesser S. Oral intake of specific bioactive collagen peptides reduces skin wrinkles and increases dermal matrix synthesis. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2014;27(3):113-9.