The Science behind our Collagen Peptides

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U Perform - Bioactive Collagen Peptides®.

Why is collagen so important? It is well known that Collagen is a major component of the human body. Collagen accounts for about 1/3 of our total body protein. It is crucial for joint mobility, strong bones, healthy muscles, ligament and tendon strength, as well as things like smooth skin, glossy hair and healthy finger nails.

As one of the primary structural proteins of connective tissues, U Perform’s Bioactive Collagen Peptides® are also abundant in blood vessels, inter-vertebral discs, the blood-brain barrier, the cornea, dentin and the intestinal wall – you can see that collagen is a vital component of our whole body.

For the majority of our first 20-25 years, our bodies naturally produce collagen for everyday repair and renewal but from our early to mid-20s, the rate of collagen production begins to slow down. This means that we are all losing collagen as we age.

Scientific studies show that we lose up to 1.5% percent of collagen each year, which means that by the time we are 40, our collagen levels have dropped by about 30%.

By ingesting U Perform active collagen, active sports collagen or active whey + collagen, we can boosts collagen levels in the body. This ingestion of collagen can stimulate the body’s own collagen metabolism, triggering the production of more collagen and the net result is that extra collagen is available to support your body.


What makes U Perform’s Bioactive Collagen Peptides® unique?

U Perform Bioactive Collagen Peptides® are a composition of different specific peptides optimised for specific physiological benefits. The peptides are derived from a highly controlled production process of collagen which is determined by hydrolysation conditions.

As a result, our Bioactive Collagen Peptides® differ in physiological functionality. They are optimised to maximise stimulation of the human cell types involved in collagen biosynthesis.

U Perform Bioactive Collagen Peptides® have been the subject of a large number of studies, we pride ourselves on our ‘Science-Led | Performance-Driven’ brand values, ensuring that you get collagen products that actually make a difference to your performance, recovery and overall quality of life.


U Perform - Bioactive Collagen Peptides®

We use three very specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides®: FORTIGEL®, TENDOFORTE® & VERISOL®.

U Perform Product Bioactive Collagen Peptides®





Having strong tendons and ligaments are crucial for our wellness and to support physical activity.

We all know that ligaments bind bones together and tendons bind muscle to bone, but did you know that they are primarily made up of collagen? They are the connecting elements of the body, crucial for controlling our movement, stability, and overall mobility.

Soft-tissue injuries that affect muscles, tendons and ligaments are very common, especially for active people and become more common the more intense your activity or sport is. Whether it is running, swimming, cycling, climbing, gym workouts, crossfit, tennis, golf, rugby or football, most injuries result from the overuse of tendons.

These are very common because strength, power, and speed are dependent on rigid tendons. However, while harder tendons may be better for performance, they are also more injury prone.

High performing tendons and ligaments combine strength and flexibility. U Perform TENDOFORTE® Collagen fibres give them the right elasticity for optimal function and performance.

Tendon injuries are characterised by collagen fibre degeneration and are slow to recover and disrupt training with a number of personal, competitive and financial consequences to the high performance athlete or the exercise enthusiast.

U Perform specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides® - TENDOFORTE®, is designed to increase the health and quality of ligaments and tendons. Pre-clinical and clinical trials show the positive effects of TENDOFORTE®, especially when combined with physical activity.

The risk of injury decreases considerably, whilst flexibility improves. TENDOFORTE® significantly strengthens tendons and ligaments.

Strong tendons and ligaments contribute to the foundation of high physical performance and fast return-to-training in athletes. They are also the prerequisite for the fluid and flowing motion required in isometric, high flexibility exercises, such as yoga and Pilates.

The strength of tendons and ligaments depends on an intact composition of the extracellular matrix collagens, proteoglycans and elastic fibres.

U Perform TENDOFORTE® is a Bioactive Collagen Peptide®, optimised to stimulate the biosynthesis of new extracellular matrix molecules for healthy tendons and ligaments.

U Perform - FORTIGEL®

Keeping people physically active & mobile.

It is estimated that one in four of us suffer from joint problems, and that number is going up every day. The primary cause is the constant wear and tear of the joint cartilage, brought about by age, exercise and daily stresses on our joints.

There is help for those of us who need extra joint support.

U Perform use FORTIGEL®, an innovative collagen peptide optimised specifically for the regeneration of joint cartilage. We know that almost 70% of cartilage is made up of collagenous protein. FORTIGEL® collagen peptides have been proven to activate the growth of new cartilage, by stimulating cells, helping to ease joint discomfort and making joints smooth and mobile.

By helping people to stay physically active and mobile, U Perform aim to improve quality of life.

U Perform FORTIGEL® has been proven to be highly effective, in numerous scientific studies. According to published research, orally administered FORTIGEL® is absorbed via the intestinal wall and accumulates in the cartilage. This increase of collagen in the cartilage stimulates a statistically significant increase of cartilage tissue metabolism.

U Perform – VERISOL®

Collagen is the major structural component of skin, comprising about 80 % of its dry weight. Skin properties are known to be affected by endogenous and environmental factors including training environments, sweat and chlorine, ultraviolet radiation, hormones and nutrition.

U Perform VERISOL® can stimulate skin metabolism and counteract the loss of collagenous extracellular matrix from the inside. Consumers who ingest the natural Bioactive Collagen Peptides® VERISOL® specially optimised for active people can experience noticeably firmer and smoother skin.

The positive effect of VERISOL® also shows in an improved skin surface structure, reducing cellulite and a faster nail growth.

The specific peptides of VERISOL® are recognised by the fibroblast cells in the dermal layer of the skin as collagen fragments like those resulting from catabolic activities.

Therefore they are stimulated to increase their collagen metabolism to counter-balance the pretended collagen degradation in the dermis. The result is a considerably higher production of dermal collagen and overall extracellular matrix, replacing what is lost through aging and environmental influences.

Research & Evidence Link to paper

IOC Consensus on Dietary Supplements inc. Collagen

TENDOFORTE® Bioactive Collagen Peptides® & Achilles Tendinopathy

TENDOFORTE® Bioactive Collagen Peptides® & Ankle Injuries

FORTIGEL® Bioactive Collagen Peptides® & Knee Injuries

FORTIGEL® Bioactive Collagen Peptides® & Knee Joint Discomfort

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