Sponsored story: With the introduction of “Collagen” as a dietary supplement into the retail space some 15 years ago, consumers wanted to know “does it really work and if so, how does it work?”
First, you must understand what it is you are taking. Over the past 14 years of developing collagen peptide products, I have observed that a vast majority of consumers and salespersons possess little to no knowledge regarding collagen supplements and their pharmacological action.
How does it work then?
The “collagen” powder, granules or collagen peptides you are taking is native collagen hydrolysed to form peptides that are digestible by the human digestive system.
The smallest components in all the hydrolysed collagen products are free amino acids. The larger peptide structures are polypeptides and have to be digested by the human digestive system into smaller pieces for them to be absorbed.
Then there are the dipeptides and tripeptides. These structures, especially the tripeptides, are unique to collagen and have the ability to stimulate collagen synthesis. The biosynthesis of collagen is a story for another science lesson, but this is the bioactivity the marketers promise you, the claim so to say.
The premise is that the tripeptides and dipeptides stimulate the proliferation of fibroblast cells, the collagen-building cells, triggering the biosynthesis of new collagen fibres.
We can then deduce from this that the tripeptides are the most valuable of the peptides, the “stuff” that makes collagen powders work.
So, yes, collagen powders do work. But how effective are they?
To get the maximum number of tripeptides to the target tissue site to stimulate collagen biosynthesis, you need to take collagen with a higher concentration of tripeptides.
One such product is Sontal Marine Collagen Tripeptide manufactured and sold by SONTAL Nutricosmetics, the same brand to introduce Peptan, the first collagen peptide to the South African market back in 2010.
Sontal Marine Collagen Tripeptide contains a patented ingredient called *Morikol®. This is standardised to 15% tripeptides. These tripeptides reach the target tissue intact as bioactive molecules stimulating the endogenous proliferation of fibroblasts. Fibroblast cells are collagen-synthesizing cells, responsible for building new collagen fibrils and repairing damaged collagen. Tripeptides are also responsible for stimulating the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and for reducing the damage to collagen from MMPs created by UV rays from the sun.
Sontal Marine Collagen Tripeptide capsules containing 1 000 mg (2 x 500mg vegetable Capsules) of pure *Morikol®, no additives or excipients, standardized to 15% bioactive tripeptides, delivering 150 mg of tripeptides per dose, up to 85% more.
Considering that standard collagen powders typically contain less than 1% tripeptides; this equates to less than 90 mg per 10 000mg (10g) in comparison to 150mg of tripeptides from just 1000mg of *Morikol® tripeptides.
* Morikol® is a trademark of DolCas Biotech LLC.