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  • Functional Characterization of Undenatured Type II Collagen Supplements: Are They Interchangeable? - J Diet Suppl 2021 Jun 1;1-16 - "Undenatured (native) type II collagen is a dietary supplement ingredient reported to support joint health in healthy individuals by providing relief from symptoms of stiffness and discomfort and improving mobility. This benefit is thought to occur through oral tolerance, a mechanism whereby the immune system distinguishes between innocuous material in the gut and potentially harmful foreign invaders. The presence of antigenic epitopes in undenatured type II collagen, but not in denatured (hydrolyzed) collagen, is thought to be the basis for the therapeutic benefits ... Collagen type II supplement powders (raw material) and capsules (products in the market) were examined for color, particle size, quality profiles, fatty acid profiles, electron microscopy, and were analyzed for amino acid content as well as antigenic potential via an ELISA assay. Powders labeled as undenatured type II collagen were found to have markedly different properties, including the size of collagen fibers as per electron microscopy and antigenic configuration as per the ELISA assay. As significant differences were found between products, it allows consumers and practitioners to not assume that products labeled as undenatured (native) type II collagen are interchangeable." - See NOW Supplements, UC-II Type II Collagen with Undenatured Type II Collagen, 120 Veg Capsules.
  • Oral administration of a novel hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage extract (BioCell Collagen®) reduces UVB-induced photoaging in mice - J Funct Foods. 2020 May - "Excessive exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation causes skin aging (a process known as photoaging). This study examined whether subchronic (14-week) oral administration of a novel hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage extract—comprising naturally-occurring primarily hydrolyzed type II collagen peptides, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid, extracted from a single source—could reduce signs associated with photoaging in hairless mice. Administration of the extract to UVB-irradiated mice led to significant increases in skin elasticity and hyaluronic acid content, compared with UVB-irradiated controls. Matrix metalloproteinase expression, transepidermal water loss, dermal inflammatory cells and wrinkles were all significantly reduced by administration of hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage extract. This study is the first to demonstrate that oral administration of this novel extract, containing a unique single-source complex of primarily hydrolyzed type II collagen (rather than the more widely studied type I form), chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid, reduces UVB-induced photoaging in hairless mice." - [Nutra USA] - See Biocell Collagen II at Amazon.com and Biocell Collagen II at iHerb.com.
  • Novel Hydrolyzed Chicken Sternal Cartilage Extract Improves Facial Epidermis and Connective Tissue in Healthy Adult Females: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial - Altern Ther Health Med. 2019 Jun 13 - "The intervention consisted of twice daily oral administration of a supplement containing BioCell Collagen, a chicken sternal cartilage derived dietary ingredient composed of a naturally-occurring matrix of hydrolyzed collagen type-II (≥300 mg), chondroitin sulfate (≥100 mg), hyaluronic acid (≥50 mg) ... For the 113 participants completing the study, the dietary supplementation compared to a placebo: (1) significantly reduced facial lines and wrinkles (P = .019) and crow's feet lines and wrinkles (P = .05), (2) increased skin elasticity (P = .008) and cutaneous collagen content (P < .001) by 12%, (3) improved indicators associated with a more youthful skin appearance based on visual grading and wrinkle width (P = .046), and (4) decreased skin dryness and erythema. No difference existed between the supplement and the placebo for skin-surface water content or retention. The supplement was well tolerated, with no reported adverse reactions" - [Nutra USA] - See BioCell Collagen at Amazon.com, collagen UC-II at Amazon, hyaluronic acid at Amazon.com and chondroitin sulfate at Amazon.com.
  • Efficacy and tolerability of an undenatured type II collagen supplement in modulating knee osteoarthritis symptoms: a multicenter randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study - Nutr J. 2016 Jan 29;15 - "One hundred ninety one volunteers were randomized into three groups receiving a daily dose of UC-II (40 mg), GC (1500 mg G & 1200 mg C), or placebo for a 180-day period ... Western Ontario McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) ... Lequesne Functional Index (LFI), the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) for pain ... At day 180, the UC-II group demonstrated a significant reduction in overall WOMAC score compared to placebo (p = 0.002) and GC (p = 0.04). Supplementation with UC-II also resulted in significant changes for all three WOMAC subscales: pain (p = 0.0003 vs. placebo; p = 0.016 vs. GC); stiffness (p = 0.004 vs. placebo; p = 0.044 vs. GC); physical function (p = 0.007 vs. placebo)" - See collagen UC-II at Amazon.
  • Undenatured type II collagen (UC-II®) for joint support: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in healthy volunteers - J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013 Oct 24;10(1):48 - "After 120 days of supplementation, subjects in the UC-II group exhibited a statistically significant improvement in average knee extension compared to placebo (81.0 ± 1.3º vs 74.0 ± 2.2º; p = 0.011) and to baseline (81.0 ± 1.3º vs 73.2 ± 1.9º; p = 0.002). The UC-II cohort also demonstrated a statistically significant change in average knee extension at day 90 (78.8 ± 1.9º vs 73.2 ± 1.9º; p = 0.045) versus baseline. No significant change in knee extension was observed in the placebo group at any time. It was also noted that the UC-II group exercised longer before experiencing any initial joint discomfort at day 120 (2.8 ± 0.5 min, p = 0.019), compared to baseline (1.4 ± 0.2 min). By contrast, no significant changes were seen in the placebo group"
  • Safety and efficacy of undenatured type II collagen in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: a clinical trial - Int J Med Sci. 2009 Oct 9;6(6):312-21 - "Previous studies have shown that undenatured type II collagen (UC-II) is effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and preliminary human and animal trials have shown it to be effective in treating osteoarthritis (OA). The present clinical trial evaluated the safety and efficacy of UC-II as compared to a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin (G+C) in the treatment of OA of the knee. The results indicate that UC-II treatment was more efficacious resulting in a significant reduction in all assessments from the baseline at 90 days; whereas, this effect was not observed in G+C treatment group. Specifically, although both treatments reduced the Western Ontario McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) score, treatment with UC-II reduced the WOMAC score by 33% as compared to 14% in G+C treated group after 90 days. Similar results were obtained for visual analog scale (VAS) scores. Although both the treatments reduced the VAS score, UC-II treatment decreased VAS score by 40% after 90 days as compared to 15.4% in G+C treated group. The Lequesne's functional index was used to determine the effect of different treatments on pain during daily activities. Treatment with UC-II reduced Lequesne's functional index score by 20% as compared to 6% in G+C treated group at the end of 90-day treatment"
  • Effects of orally administered undenatured type II collagen against arthritic inflammatory diseases: a mechanistic exploration - Int J Clin Pharmacol Res. 2002;22(3-4):101-10 - "A pilot study was conducted for 42 days to evaluate the efficacy of UC-II (10 mg/day) in five female subjects (58-78 years) suffering from significant joint pain. Significant pain reduction including morning stiffness, stiffness following periods of rest, pain that worsens with use of the affected joint and loss of joint range of motion and function was observed. Thus, UC-II may serve as a novel therapeutic tool in joint inflammatory conditions and symptoms of OA and RA"