Peptan, collagen peptides: a proven sports recovery solution

  • In a pioneering study, Peptan collagen peptides have been demonstrated to accelerate recovery and alleviate muscle soreness after intense exercise.
  • The study is the first to suggest that our bioactive collagen peptides reduce recovery time after physical activity, possibly due to accelerated repair of the ECM.

Peptan is the only collagen in the market offering proven benefits for sports recovery

"Muscle soreness was recorded on a VAS scale for pain after the performance of a squat (90° knee flexion) before and after a session of intense exercise by 24 participants supplemented with either Peptan or a placebo. Performance was measured by the height of a countermovement jump (knee flexion of 90° and jumping up as high as possible) before and after a session of intense exercise in 24 participants supplemented with either Peptan or a placebo."
I. Clifford, T, et al., 2019. 

"Performance was measured by the height of a countermovement jump (knee flexion of 90° and jumping up as high as possible) before and after a session of intense exercise in 24 participants supplemented with either Peptan or a placebo."
Clifford, T, et al., 2019

Bringing joint health a step closer

Adding an extra dimension to sports recovery by supporting joint health

  • Excessive stress on joints is a challenge in sports that involves repetitive, high-impact movements such as running and cycling. Joint stress can damage cartilage, tendons and ligaments.

  • Peptan and Peptan IIm both can support joint health backed by science

Multiple benefits from one single ingredient

As a true all round ingredient for sports nutrition, Peptan offers besides recovery also proven
effects on joint health. Peptan can

  • Prevent cartilage degeneration and joint inflammation as demonstrated in an in vivo study
  • Reduce joint discomfort

For low dosage solutions Peptan IIm is an ideal ingredient

Peptan IIm is a hydrolyzed collagen type II matrix. It includes type II collagen and GAGs
(glycosaminoglycans) and has been developed to promote joint health at a low daily dosage
and across a broader range of low dosage application forms. An in vivo study has shown that
Peptan IIm can

  • Protect cartilage from degeneration
  • Stimulate cartilage lubrication
  • Reduce and prevent joint inflammation

Raising the protein bar

Increasing protein intake contributes to improved sports performance

  • Physically active individuals need more protein than average: from 1.4g/kg up to 2.0g/kg of body weight.
  • Peptan bioactive collagen peptides and ProTake hydrolyzed collagen have unique application characteristics that enable them to increase protein content across multiple application forms.
  • Benefits of increasing total protein intake:
    • Promote muscle and strength during resistance training
    • Preserve and maintain muscle during endurance exercise
    • Prevent craving and help reach fitness and weight goals, collagen has been proven to produce high satiety levels in comparison to other proteins.


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  6. Soniwala, S. et al., 2018. Oral Hydrolyzed Type 2 Collagen Protects Against the OA of Obesity and Mitigates Obese Gut Microbiome Dysbiosis. Poster  presentation at ORS 2018 and OARSI 2018
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