Higher, faster, further! Competitive athletes permanently push their limits in competitions as well as in training. This leads to high stress on tendons, ligaments, bones and joints. Tailor-made sports nutrition can help to maintain physical performance and prevent injuries. GELITA offers specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides® for a variety of applications.
“I’ve been taking FORTIBONE® for about 12 months and have benefited enormously from it,“ reports the successful middle-distance runner Rorey Hunter. He is now able to withstand high training loads of more than 130 kilometers per week without the bone stress or tendon injuries that used to hinder him. “The ability to recover faster has enabled me to significantly improve my performance,“ says the 27-year-old Australian happily.
Rorey‘s experience is reflected in a new study showing that supplementation with the specific collagen peptides in FORTIBONE® can support bone health by increasing bone mineral density. The Bioactive Collagen Peptides® stimulate osteoblast cells to increase production of the extracellular bone matrix, the essential framework that supports calcium mineralization.
GELITA exploits the cell metabolism stimulating properties of Bioactive Collagen Peptides® in the development of specific nutritional supplements for sports nutrition. The basis of all these products is collagen – an important component of the human body, which makes up around 30% of our body protein. Collagen is therefore indispensable for flexible joints, stable bones, healthy muscles and strong ligaments and tendons.
GELITA’s Bioactive Collagen Peptides® have been specifically adapted to different cell types. They are optimized for the specific stimulation of the different human cell types involved in the biosynthesis of collagen. Their effect on the enhanced extracellular matrix synthesis is based, on the one hand, on the supply of typical collagen amino acids as valuable building blocks, and on the other, on the stimulation of cell synthesis.
GELITA has been conducting extensive research and development for many years in order to open up ever new applications for its Bioactive Collagen Peptides®. Thanks to intensive clinical research, no other company can today better document the mode of action and success of its collagen peptides than GELITA. GELITA has so far launched four collagen peptide solutions for the sports nutrition sector. In addition to FORTIBONE® mentioned above, these are FORTIGEL®, BODYBALANCE® and TENDOFORTE®.
FORTIGEL® has proven itself for many years as an effective ingredient for the regeneration of joint cartilage. Numerous studies have shown that it activates the growth of new cartilage. This is done by stimulating cells that help to make joints supple and mobile, thus alleviating joint complaints.
With BODYBALANCE®, GELITA offers an innovative ingredient for a strongly growing market. The product helps active people enhance their fitness, improve their figure and gain strength for day-today life. In combination with strength training, the highly specialized collagen peptides in BODYBALANCE® have been proven to help reduce fat mass, increase lean body mass and boost muscle strength.
The specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides® in TENDOFORTE® have in turn been optimized to improve the health and quality of ligaments and tendons. Preclinical and clinical studies show a positive effect especially in combination with physical activity. The risk of injury is significantly reduced while flexibility is improved (see also report on page 20). Further studies are in progress.
Product developers at GELITA are currently working on a completely new Bioactive Collagen Peptide® called PeptENDURE®. These are special “performance peptides” that are developed specifically for greater strength and stamina in typical endurance sports such as cycle racing or marathons. The product launch is scheduled for later this year.
As different as the individual collagen peptides from GELITA are, they all have some important properties in common: they are natural, easily digestible foods that are free of allergens and have no E-numbers (Clean Label). GELITA also cooperates closely with independent research experts to provide scientific proof of the effectiveness of collagen peptides. This provides an important foundation for suppliers of sports nutrition and nutritional supplements to be able to successfully advertise the benefits of GELITA ingredients for their products (keywords: health claims)!
Bioactive Collagen Peptides® from GELITA are also convincing the experts. This is evidenced by the awards received at important international competitions.
Dr. Stephan Hausmanns
Tel. +49 (0) 6271 84-2109
Fotos: Dmytro Aksonov/istockphoto.com (Cyclist), Alex Kravtsov/shutterstock.com (Bar gymnast)