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Study Suggests Collagen Supplement May Help With Skin Health and Joint Health

In the skin and cartilage, aging leads to a decrease in the synthesis of collagen. A recent study suggests that oral supplementation with collagen bioactive peptides combined with chondroitin, glucosamine, L-carnitine, vitamins, and minerals may help improve skin and joint health.


Participants in the study included 120 people, predominantly women, between the ages of 21 and 70. Over the course of 90 days, the participants took either the collagen-based supplement or a placebo. Skin biopsies were conducted at baseline and at the end of the study to evaluate the skin architecture. Self-perception questionnaires about skin elasticity and hydration and joint pain and mobility were administered


Increases in skin elasticity were observed at 30 days, and an increase of 40% was achieve by the end of the study. The participants also perceived that their skin was more hydrated and more elastic.


The participants who took the collagen supplementation also reported a 43% reduction in joint pain and a 39% reduction in joint mobility.


Researchers from MINERVA Research Labs and Università degli Studi di Camerino conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on June 9, 2018, in Nutrition Research.

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