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The New York Times Aug. 24, 2018

Do Collagen Supplements Help Skin, Hair, Nails and Joints? (Published 2018)


Any benefits from collagen supplements appear to be limited.

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J Agric Food Chem MARCH 8, 2017

Oral Ingestion of Collagen Hydrolysate Leads to the Transportation of Highly Concentrated Gly-Pro-Hyp and Its Hydrolyzed Form of Pro-Hyp into the Bloodstream and Skin

M Yazaki et al

Collagen hydrolysate is a well-known dietary supplement for the treatment of skin aging; however, its mode of action remains unknown. Previous studies have shown that the …

Skin Pharmacol Physiol AUG. 14, 2013

Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study

E Proksch et al

Various dietary supplements are claimed to have cutaneous anti-aging properties; however, there are a limited number of research studies supporting these claims. The obje …

J Sci Food Agric FEB. 10, 2016

Ingestion of bioactive collagen hydrolysates enhance facial skin moisture and elasticity and reduce facial ageing signs in a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study

N Inoue et al

This study demonstrated that the use of the collagen hydrolysate with a higher content of Pro-Hyp and Hyp-Gly led to more improvement in facial skin conditions, including …

J Cosmet Dermatol AUG. 8, 2017

Oral supplementation with specific bioactive collagen peptides improves nail growth and reduces symptoms of brittle nails

D Hexsel et al

This study demonstrated that the daily ingestion of BCP increased nail growth and improved brittle nails in conjunction with a notable decrease in the frequency of broken …

J Drugs Dermatol MAY 1, 2018

A Six-Month, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of a Nutraceutical Supplement for Promoting Hair Growth in Women With Self-Perceived Thinning Hair

G Ablon et al

This nutraceutical supplement safely and effectively promoted hair growth in women with self-perceived thinning. It provides a multi-targeted therapeutic approach to hair …

Br J Sports Med OCT. 10, 2017

Dietary supplements for treating osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

X Liu et al

The overall analysis including all trials showed that supplements provided moderate and clinically meaningful treatment effects on pain and function in patients with hand …

Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab MARCH 28, 2018

IOC Consensus Statement: Dietary Supplements and the High-Performance Athlete

RJ Maughan et al

Nutrition usually makes a small but potentially valuable contribution to successful performance in elite athletes, and dietary supplements can make a minor contribution t …

Osteoarthritis Cartilage APRIL 17, 2012

Symptomatic and chondroprotective treatment with collagen derivatives in osteoarthritis: a systematic review

JP Van Vijven et al

There is insufficient evidence to recommend the generalized use of CHs in daily practice for the treatment of patients with OA. More independent high-quality studies are …

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