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Type II Collagen from Chickens May Help Alleviate Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Osteoarthritis is characterized by joint pain that results from a progressive loss of cartilage. A recent study suggests that taking a supplement of Type II native collagen from chickens may help relieve some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis.


Type II native collagen is the primary protein present in joint cartilage. In osteoarthritis, the protein is broken down, leading to degradation of the joints. Oral administration of type II collagen is thought to help by regulating the inflammatory response.


Participants in the study included 39 people with diagnoses of osteoarthritis of the knee. Over the course of three months they were given either 10 mg/day of B-2cool collagen and 1500 mg/day of paracetamol or 1500 mg/day of paracetamol as a control. B-2Cool® is native type II collagen extracted from chicken sternums.


The researchers used the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) to measure mobility and the Western Ontario McMaster (WOMAC) to measure pain. They found that the collagen plus paracetamol group had improvements in both joint pain and mobility when compared with the control group.


Researchers from Eskisehir Osmangazi University in Turkey conducted the study. It was presented at the WCO conference, which took place from March 26 to March 29, 2015, in Milan, Italy.


Approximately 25% of bone structure is collagen. It contributes to bone strength by lending a certain amount of flexibility to the rigid structure, allowing bone to give a little under pressure. Previous studies suggest that Type II native collagen from chickens may provide pain relief when exercising.

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