Highly specialized bioactive collagen peptide with 12000 mg / serving specific Type I, II & III Marine Collagen for Athlete focusing on Ligaments, Tendons, Joint Cartilage, Connective Tissue, Bones & Muscles.
Collagen Athlete specific bioactive collagen peptide designed to support strong ligaments and tendons developed from research conducted with athletes and sports people with up to 1.5x more efficient absorption & superior bioavailability over regular hydrolized collagen.
Collagen Athlete has been shown to improve the strength and flexibility of ligaments and tendons plus help the liver by promote fat emulsifier into a high performance Ketone Energy, a benefit that is crucial for long-term wellness and physical activity.
Tendons and ligaments transform muscle contraction into movement, and the healthy collagen fibres in these tissues are what gives them the right elasticity, optimal strength and flexibility, so that the body can optimally perform and stay injury-free.
Injuries of tendons and ligaments are characterised by collagen fibre degeneration and are very common across all levels of sport. Soft tissue injuries of this type are often slow to recover and can significantly disrupt training, ultimately taking people out of play, with significant consequences to either the athlete or the exercise enthusiast.
Collagen Athlete can play a unique role in helping athletes and active people to gain and maintain indirect improvements to performance. These benefits are accrued from outcomes such as allowing more effective training, better recovery, optimised body composition, and reduced risk of injuries.
Muscles do not exist on their own. The whole musculoskeletal system is protected and connected by a network of connective tissue that includes tendons, ligaments, cartilage and fascia, crucial in sports to transform muscle work into efficient movement. Collagen Athlete target the protein turnover and renewal of the connective tissue proteins, of which collagen is the main structural component, making up about 30% of our total body protein.
- Collagen Athlete contains FORTIGEL® a bioactive component proven to stimulate joint cartilage regeneration.
- Collagen Athlete contains FORTIBONE® that contributes to bone health by promoting the biosynthesis of the extracellular bone matrix.
- Collagen Athlete contains BODYBALANCE® that contributes to body toning as it helps to increase muscle mass, to decrease body fat and to increase strength.
- Collagen Athlete contains TENDOFORTE® designed to increase the strength and flexibility of ligaments and tendons, helping to stabilize the musculoskeletal system and decrease the incidence of injuries.
Soft tissue injuries of the muscles, tendons and ligaments are extremely common in both amateur and professional sports. Athletes alternate periods of intensive physical training with periods of rest and recovery. This is a delicate balance, where an overly intensive training and an inadequate recovery leads to a breakdown of cellular reparative mechanisms and eventual tissue breakdown. Most of these injuries result from the overuse of tendons and impair performance, because strong tendons are necessary to deliver strength, power and speed. For this, an intact composition of the extracellular matrix collagens, proteoglycans and elastic fibers in tendon tissue is vital.
Collagen Athlete has been proven an effective nutrition solution to support optimal strength and flexibility of tendons and ligaments in athletes, contributing to high performance, whilst staying injury-free. It is also a nutritional intervention for overuse type of injuries, helping athletes to get back to sport and to their previous performance levels quicker and more safely.
Clinical trials have shown that specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides® stimulate the RNA-expression and biosynthesis of collagen, proteoglycans and elastin in Achilles tendons. Research has also demonstrated that the oral ingestion of specific collagen peptides improved the extension properties of finger joints, owing to strengthened tendons and ligaments. Most recently, a study performed in sports people, by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) showed that subjects with long-term symptoms of chronic Achilles tendinopathy were able to return to running within 3 months, when supplementing with Collagen Athlete, and were able to keep running for the remainder of the trial period.
Athlete and Osteoarthritis
More than 25% of the global population suffers from joint problems. The principal reason for these problems is wear and tear of the joint cartilage because of increasing longevity, being overweight or the mechanical stress of intensive sport. Despite considerable medical progress, there is still no cure for osteoarthritis. However, Collagen Athlete can assist. It is an optimized collagen peptide scientifically proven to stimulate the regeneration of cartilage tissue, providing cushioning to the joints and counteracting the wear & tear. After oral administration, the collagen peptides stimulate the cartilage cells to increase the production of both collagen and proteoglycans — the two major components that make up almost 90% of the cartilage dry mass.
A clinical study undertaken by Penn State University tested the effect of FORTIGEL® in Collagen Athlete on sports students who were suffering from joint problems resulting from mechanical stress. Compared with the control group, the students who took collagen peptides showed a significant reduction in joint symptoms as well as improved mobility. These positive effects were obvious in participants with knee joint problems derived from mechanical strain. Similar findings were observed in a previous study on active sportspeople at the Rhein-Rhur Olympic Support Center in Germany.
Bone Health and Stress Fractures in Athlete
Bone-related ailments including atrophy, loss of bone density, stability and osteoporosis are also major concerns, as healthy bones are a prerequisite for being able to do sports, even in old age.
In sports, bone problems are significant, with stress fractures accounting for 0.7% to 20% of all sports medicine clinic injuries (Fredericson et al., 2006). Track- and-field athletes have the highest incidence of stress fractures compared with other athletes, and sites of stress fractures vary from sport to sport.
Usually, when we think of healthy bones, we think of calcium; but our bones need more than just calcium. Bone is a mixture of mineral crystals held in an organic collagen matrix. On their own, the minerals would be extremely brittle and prone to breakage. Collagen makes up 95% of the organic bone matrix and is essential for bone health.
Specific collagen peptides have been optimized to support bone health. The FORTIBONE® in Collagen Athlete stimulate osteoblast activity to increase the production of the extracellular bone matrix, which is the essential framework for calcium mineralization. In addition, they regulate the degenerative processes that affect bones by reducing osteoclast-based protease production. Hence, these ingredients supply the body with the basic components needed for a strong and stable bone structure, supporting overall bone stability and flexibility.
One study in this field investigated the impact of Collagen Athlete on healthy postmenopausal women suffering from osteopenia or milder forms of osteoporosis. The results of this study indicate an anabolic effect, by revealing a pronounced increase in bone mineral density after Collagen Athlete supplementation. Hence, this new data supports the assumption that Collagen Athlete could be an interesting option for the prevention, treatment and adjuvant treatment of stress fractures in sports, and more studies are underway.
Calcium supplements are everywhere, yet more and more people are suffering from osteoporosis and osteopenia. Bone is a mixture of mineral crystals held in an organic collagen matrix. On their own, the crystals would be extremely brittle and prone to break. Like a bridge is built out of concrete and steel, collagen in the bones is essential for bone flexibility and elasticity. It is important to keep the skeletal system healthy. Osteoporosis (OP) is a condition characterized by low bone mass and micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue, which leads to enhanced bone fragility and a consequent increase in fracture risk. Osteopenia, the early stage of osteoporosis, can begin at the age of 35 years where bone mass progressively declines. The likelihood to get a fracture increases with age. The risk of contracting a bone fracture is doubling every ten years in both genders.
The specific peptides of FORTIBONE® in Collagen Athlete stimulate bone cells to increase the synthesis of bone components such as collagen. They have a kind of ‘signaling effect’ on osteoblasts to counterbalance the collagen degradation in the extracellular bone matrix, which is the essential framework for bone mineralization. In addition FORTIBONE® influences degenerative processes in bones by reducing osteoclast activity. The result is a considerably higher synthesis of collagenous bone matrix.
Collagen Athlete – These highly specialized collagen peptides have been shown to decrease fat mass, increase lean body mass and to provide more muscle strength in combination with resistance training.
Collagen Athlete has positive effects on two main components of the human body: lean body mass and fat mass. Lean body mass, also called fat free mass, comprises mainly muscle mass but also bone mass, connective tissue and body water.
Muscles are essential for physical activity, stability and posture, they enable blood circulation and help during the digestion of food. A loss of muscle mass over the course of life time means a loss of mobility, which is followed by a loss of independence and a loss of quality of life. In summary, the studies confirm that the intake of Collagen Athlete results in improvement of mobility in healthy individuals.
The BODY PROTEIN mechanism
The mechanism of Collagen Athlete current data suggest, that the mode of action is based on the multifactorial impact of Bioactive Collagen Peptides® on various metabolic processes and the overall functional unit of muscle: e.g. muscle and fat metabolism.
Recent investigations revealed, Collagen Athlete significantly stimulates the mTOR pathway. Availability and activity of this key protein are essential for the protein metabolism. The protein metabolism ensures the balance between protein synthesis and protein degradation. More synthesis than breakdown indicates an anabolic state that builds lean tissues, higher breakdown than synthesis indicates a catabolic state that decreases lean tissues.
Moreover, Collagen Athlete influences the fat metabolism. A sufficient energy supply is mandatory for the proliferation of muscle cells and the synthesis of new muscle tissue. The AMPK enzyme is responsible for the energy transfer in the muscle cells. The stimulation of AMPK leads to an increase in fatty acid metabolism, which provides more energy for the cells and results in a reduction of fat mass. Due to its specific amino acid composition and its excellent bioavailability Collagen Athlete stimulates fat and muscle metabolisms, finally leading to an improved body composition.
Studies confirm the efficacy of Collagen Athlete
Several randomized, placebo-controlled, double blinded studies have demonstrated the efficacy and potential of the daily intake of 15 g Collagen Athlete in combination with resistance training.
In the latest studies 2,3, the effect of post-exercise supplementation on lean body mass, fat mass and muscle strength in combination with resistance training was tested. 114 healthy, physically inactive men, aged 35-60 participated. The primary outcome was to compare 15 g Collagen Athlete supplementation with placebo. Changes in body composition were measured by DXA scans. DXA represents the “Gold Standard” in body composition measurement. Total body scans using DXA give a precise measurement of body composition, including bone mass, lean body mass and fat mass.
In addition, muscle strength, waist circumference and various blood parameters were determined. The results of the primary endpoint of the study revealed a statistically significant (p<0.05) increase in lean body mass after Collagen Athlete supplementation compared to placebo (fig 1).
Lean Body Mass
The positive effect was also reflected in the results of the secondary study criteria. Collagen Athlete treatment led to an improved muscle strength, a reduction of waist circumference and a statistically significant fat mass reduction (p<0.05), after collagen peptide intake (fig 2, 3, 4).
2 Zdzieblik, D. et al Collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training improves body composition and increases muscle strength in elderly sarcopenic men: a randomized controlled trial, doi: 10.1017/80007114515002810, British Journal of Nutrition, 2015
3 Unpublished data 2015 , publication pending
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Why Collagen Athlete is A Supreme Protein for Weight Loss, Athletic Performance, Anti-Aging, and Looking Good
Collagen Athlete provides essential proteins the body uses to build and repair bones, joint surfaces, skin, teeth, eyes, arteries, intervertebral disks, and more. Collagen is one of the most important nutrients needed to maintain a strong body, stay in healing mode, and counteract the degenerative effects of aging.
When taken long-term, it is practically impossible not to benefit from a gold standard supplement like Collagen Athlete. Once you provide your body with the necessary building blocks, many systems can improve such as:
Fast tissue repair – it provides the particular proteins that ensure cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, cartilage and bone.
Greater flexibility and mobility – it makes the main building blocks of connective tissue more bioavailable and better absorbed into joints for greater flexibility and mobility.
Stronger bones and joints – it supports strong, heavier, denser bones and is an excellent source of proline and glycine, two building blocks of cartilage that are essential for refueling after exercise and sports.
Revitalized skin – it promotes skin hydration, reduces the number of fine lines, prevents deeper wrinkles, and maintains the suppleness of your skin from the inside out.
Weight loss – being 97% pure protein, it helps with weight loss by delivering quick satiation of hunger.
Build Muscle – it supports muscle building by facilitating the synthesis of creatine in the body.
Reduce aging – it replaces the necessary proteins that diminish and breakdown from aging.
Deeper Sleep – when taken at bedtime it deepens sleep, provides arginine to stimulate growth hormone release, and provides nutrients necessary to perform tissue repair while sleeping.
Brain Function – Collagen Athlete provides glycine, a neurotransmitter involved in motor and sensory pathways as well as ATP synthesis.
Collagen for Athletes
The field of sports nutrition has increasingly been using hydrolyzed collagen to help quickly boost lean muscle gain, decrease recovery time, rebuild damaged joint structures, and improve cardiovascular performance. Athletes are also interested in collagen because it promotes new muscle growth post workout. Collagen Athlete is the ideal source for the less inflammatory amino acids like glycine because we use enzymes to break down the collagen, not acids and heat like most collagen on the market today. Intact, undamaged collagen tri and di peptides are valuable in their own right.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) places collagen among the very few supplements that may support athletes’ health and performance
The IOC addressed the use of supplements in sports for the first time, in its latest consensus statement on dietary supplements and the high-performance athlete, released 14th March, 2018 (Maughan et al. 2018).
In this milestone opinion, collagen has been recognised among the very few supplements that may support the health and performance of athletes.
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) is the highest authority in sports. The Committee organises the modern Olympic Games and are directly involved in the UN (United Nations) global agenda, promoting sports and assisting athletes and their supporting teams in making informed decisions.
The Medical and Scientific Commission of the IOC has recently brought together the leading experts in the field of dietary supplements to assess the evidence behind the use of supplements in the preparations of athletes.
The outcomes have formed the very first IOC consensus statement on dietary supplements and the high-performance athlete.
Today, about half of the world’s athletic population use some form of dietary supplements for a range of different reasons that vary from managing a nutrient deficiency to yielding direct or indirect benefits to performance. Such widespread use of supplements at all levels of sport has led to the need for an authoritative consensus opinion on the practical use of dietary supplements by athletes.
The IOC concluded that from the many thousands of different products on the market, only a few may provide performance or health related benefits to athletes, and on a situation-specific basis.
Collagen protein was recognised for its good and emerging evidence related to its potential to improve an athlete’s ability to train hard, by preventing injuries or accelerating return-to-play, as well as avoiding situations that are overall limiting to performance.
The IOC reinforces its long-standing advice that nutrition makes a valuable contribution to athletic performance, and that the use of supplements does not compensate for poor food choices or an inadequate diet. However, athletes are not immune to inadequate eating practices and may be at greater risk of deficiencies due to increased tissue turnover and losses, so that supplementation may be necessary.
It is not uncommon for athletes to have a diet low in collagen protein, as they look for the lean cuts of chicken, remove the skin of fish, or avoid offal and the tougher cuts of meat, when looking to reduce fat intake. For example, collagen can be completely absent from the diet of vegan athletes.
TENDOFORTE® is NSF® certified
In recent years, innumerous campaigns have led to a positive change in attitude towards the use of supplements by athletes. Most sports governing bodies that used to strictly discourage supplements, now embrace the sensible use of supplements that have passed a risk- versus-benefit analysis of being effective, safe and permitted for use.
TENDOFORTE® is NSF® Contents Tested and Certified and produced according to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). The certification ensures that GELITA meets NSF®’s strict standards of food safety and quality controls during the entire production process of TENDOFORTE®.
With regards to banned substances in sports, NSF® Contents Tested and Certifiedprecedes the Certified for Sport test which must ultimately be performed on the end consumer product, even if the product uses certified ingredients, due to risks that may originate from machinery, packaging materials and other raw materials.
On a case-by-case basis, GELITA performs batch specific testing for banned substance in sports with either NSF International or LGC (Informed Sport), if requested by a customer, athlete, sports club or researcher in direct use of samples of any product in the GELITA range of Bioactive Collagen Peptides®.
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