Collagen in sports nutrition

Biohealth International presents tailor-made sports nutrition concepts for muscle build-up and healthy ligaments and joints with collagen. Advanced adult age is associated with profound changes in body composition. A principal component is a decrease in skeletal muscle mass. This age-related loss in skeletal muscle has been referred to as sarcopenia.1 Sarcopenia is directly associated with a loss of muscle strength and an increase in body fat. With a sedentary lifestyle, researchers estimate the loss of muscle mass to be:

  • Up to 8 % per decade in the age range 40-70 years
  • Up to 15 % muscle loss per decade after the age of 702

The current recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 g/ kg/ day. It has been estimated that approximately 40 % of people over the age of 70 do not meet the RDA.3 Scientists and nutritionists often recommend a combination of physical exercise and optimized nutrition and / or nutritional supplementation to fight the onset of sarcopenia. In order to maintain muscle mass, strength and body composition, the following factors are extremely important:

  • A healthy and balanced diet
  • A targeted nutrient supplementation
  • Resistance exercise

Innovative concepts for muscle formation

Biohealth International is now offering innovative health food solutions that support healthy aging. In cooperation with the GELITA AG, the experts at Biohealth International have developed a functional product based on coconut water that contains BODYBALANCE®, a specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides. BODYBALANCE® has been clinically studied, and the results published in the British Journal of Nutrition.4 This is the first study that has investigated the effects of collagen peptides on body composition and muscle strength.

The study demonstrated that a supplementation with specific collagen peptides further increased the benefits of resis-tance training in elderly people affected by muscle loss. The BODYBALANCE® group showed a statistically significantly higher increase in lean body mass/muscle and muscle strength compared to the placebo group. The gain in muscle mass was about 50 % higher, while muscle strength, measured as power output, increased by about 100%. The reduction in body fat was also statistically significantly higher with BODYBALANCE® supplementation. The BODYBALANCE® group lost about 50 % more fat compared to the placebo group.

In conclusion, the study results demonstrate that the combination of resistance exercise and specific collagen peptides supplementation is well suited to increase strength, to influence body composition and to fight the onset of sarcopenia. Within three months a person could gain the muscle mass he or she has lost in 10 years of natural aging.5

Because the product developers at Biohealth International also care for aging consumers, they have created a protein dessert with the benefit of a second collagen peptide. The delicious protein dessert has been fortified with BODYBALANCE® and FORTIGEL®. FORTIGEL® activates the growth of new cartilage, alleviates joint discomfort and helps to keep the joints supple and flexible.6) Since elderly people often have problems with an adequate fluid intake (insufficient drinking behavior), a 'dessert' format was chosen instead of a drink.

Proteins and vitamins

This product makes it easier for the consumers to integrate additional healthy nutrients into their daily routine and eating plan. Furthermore, high quality protein and vitamin ingredients promote the regeneration of muscles and serve as preventive measure for supporting a healthy and active lifestyle.

Individual solutions

”Emerging trends in development include protein drinks, sports nutrition as well as dietary food. We are also seeing an increased demand for protein containing products with added value for the food retail trade amongst others", explains Verena Claus, Product Manager at Biohealth International. “Based on these insights, we have developed the health food solutions with Bioactive Collagen Peptides.”

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