Health and Nutrition Benefits

Protein Enrichment

TruMarine™ Collagen is ideal for protein enrichment. Collagen is over 97% protein, is carbohydrate- and fat-free and retains a very distinctive amino acid profile. Globally the trend for protein enrichment is on the increase, and for a variety of reasons consumers are actively increasing protein intake in their diet. TruMarine™ Collagen lends itself as a preferred protein solution for avoiding muscle loss, aiding restoration and recovery post-workout or as a weight management tool for satiety.

Collagen is both a protein and one of the most important components of our bodies. Abundant in connective tissue – bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and skin – it comprises up to 30% of the human body’s total protein. As such, food and nutritional supplements containing collagen are an ideal way to deliver and improve the supply of protein to the entire body.

TruMarine™ Collagen is the perfect source of natural, allergen-free protein, and collagen is the ultimate protein boost for many products. Taste- and odor-free, it provides a healthy protein supply and multiple protein enrichment benefits. Easily combined and integrated with other forms of whey, soy or plant proteins, marine collagen peptides are a key protein bioactive on the upswing into the mainstream.

Collagen Peptides for Seniors

For seniors, collagen supplements are an excellent supplement to avoid lean body mass loss or sarcopenia, the progressive loss of muscle mass and function, which comes with aging and is associated with a decreased metabolic rate and reduced strength. Most people begin to lose modest amounts of muscle mass after age 35, and loss of strength increases considerably with age. Possible effects of sarcopenia include decreased muscle strength, problems with mobility, frailty and falls, weak bones (osteoporosis), fractures, decreased activity levels, diabetes, middle‐age weight gain and loss of physical function.

The recommended protein intake for seniors is one gram per kilogram of body weight per day. However, many seniors consume a relatively low-protein diet. Research suggests that the elderly should consume 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight to maintain lean body mass. As these protein requirements can be difficult to achieve for the elderly, collagen peptides offer an ideal solution for protein supplementation to help maintain lean muscle mass.

Overall, diet and exercise play a key role in reducing the rate of muscle and strength loss, as even active seniors will experience a decline in muscle function. Research has shown that the onset of sarcopenia can be postponed and its progress delayed by regular physical activity and resistance training. To counteract the effects of sarcopenia, it is necessary to receive adequate dietary protein to maintain lean body mass and to provide sufficient amounts of amino acids for protein and collagen synthesis in all tissues.

Age‐related muscle loss is inevitable, but exercise in combination with adequate protein intake is the key constituent of prevention and management of sarcopenia.

Effects of Whey and Fortified Collagen Hydrolysate Protein Supplements on Nitrogen Balance and Body Composition in Older Women

In a published clinical study, researchers examined the effects of a fortified collagen peptide supplement and a whey protein supplement on lean muscle mass and nitrogen balance in the elderly. The results revealed that the collagen peptide group had less nitrogen excretion than the whey protein group, signifying that collagen peptides promote healthy nitrogen balance. The collagen peptide group showed no change in body mass, while the whey protein group experienced a decrease in body mass, suggesting a potential decrease in lean muscle mass. This research illustrates that lean muscle mass can be preserved through protein supplementation with collagen peptides. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109:1082–1087.