Better Nutrition

Double duty

For pain- free joints and youthful- looking skin, nothing beats BioCell collagen

- By Vera Tweed

Our skin and joints may seem like very diff erent parts of the body, but both rely on some of the same nutrients to stay supple and youthful, and both can benefi t from BioCell Collagen, a patented substance found in many dietary supplement­s. Studies have shown that it improves mobility and decreases pain in achy joints, and helps restore moisture and structure to skin, reducing fi ne lines and wrinkles.

BioCell is a natural substance that contains three key nutrients: collagen, hyaluronic acid, and chondroiti­n. Although these are also available as individual ingredient­s, the combinatio­n in BioCell has unique properties because it comes directly from nature, rather than being pooled together by man. The diff erence is somewhat analogous to eating a whole carrot as opposed to taking a beta- carotene supplement.

BioCell comes from the cartilage in a chicken’s breastbone, which naturally contains all three ingredient­s. Aside from the fact that we don’t eat chicken cartilage, in its native state, the substance would not be eff ective because its molecules are too large to be absorbed and utilized by a human body. To solve the problem, BioCell is “hydrolyzed,” meaning that it undergoes a proprietar­y process that breaks down large molecules into much smaller ones.

More specifi cally, BioCell contains collagen peptides, which are chains of amino acids that are made of very small molecules. Studies show that this form is bioavailab­le and therapeuti­c for joints and skin. ( Many anti- aging skin care products contain various types of peptides for topical use, but BioCell works from within.)

Healing Joints

The ends of bones in our joints are protected and cushioned by a specifi c type of cartilage, known as articular cartilage, which acts as a shock absorber and prevents friction. In osteoarthr­itis, this cartilage has been damaged, either by chronic low grade infl ammation, wear and tear, or some type of earlier trauma ( sports injuries are common triggers).

Articular cartilage has no way to spontaneou­sly heal itself— painful surgi- cal treatments or experiment­al stem cell therapy are options for its repair, but they aren’t foolproof. Platelet- rich plasma injection has been shown to be benefi cial, but costly. BioCell Collagen, with a structure similar to that of human articular cartilage, off ers a natural alternativ­e that may bring relief or enhance the results of other treatments.

A study published in the Journal of Agricultur­al and Food Chemistry tested BioCell Collagen against a placebo on

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