Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human and animal body representing 30% of total body protein. Collagen gives the structure to tendons, cartilage tissue, bones, connective tissue etc. The collagen molecule is formed by 3 intertwined protein chains building a triple helix structure (with a molecular weight of ~300kD). The collagen plays an important role in providing strength and flexibility to cartilage tissue. Glycine, Proline and Hydroxyproline are major amino acids which contribute to the structure of collagen. Collagen is a rich source for Glycine, Proline and Hydroxyproline. These amino acids make collagen different from other proteins and are of great importance for collagen synthesis.
2. What is Collagen peptide?
Collagen Peptide is the hydrolysed form of Collagen. Collagen Peptide is easily digestible and soluble in cold water. Collagen peptide is also known as “Collagen Hydrolysate”, “Gelatin Hydrolysate”, “Hydrolysed Collagen”, etc.
3. What is Cartilage?
Cartilage is a stiff and inflexible connective tissue in the joints between bones. It is not as hard and rigid as a bone but is stiffer and less flexible than a muscle. Cartilage is composed of specialized cells called chondrocytes that produce a large amount of extracellular matrix composed of collagen fibres, an abundant ground substance rich in proteoglycan, and elastin fibres. Ageing and excessive use of joints causes wear and tear of the cartilage and leads to cartilage damage. Thus bones rub each other and cause stiffness and pain in the joints.
4. How Gelixer® CollagenPep™ works?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ contains amino acids Glycine, Proline and Hydroxyproline in rich quantity compared to other proteins. Gelixer® CollagenPep™ also contains Vitamin C. The amino acids and Vitamin C act as building blocks for collagen. By taking Gelixer® CollagenPep™ we can provide our body with the amino acids (collagen building blocks) needed for promoting the health of cartilage in joints. The unique amino acid composition of Gelixer® CollagenPep™ promote cartilage health and helps to maintain the flexibility and mobility in joints. Collagen peptide also contains all the essential amino acids except Tryptophan.
5. How does Gelixer® CollagenPep™ differ from other proteins?
It differs greatly from other proteins as it contains amino acids Glycine, Proline and Hydroxyproline in a concentration that is around 10-20 times higher than in other proteins. These amino acids play an important role in building fibrous tissues.
6. How should i take Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
Clinical studies recommend that a daily dosage of 10 g Gelixer® CollagenPep™ for a period of 3 months can be effective and this can be followed by a daily maintenance dose.
Take 1 sachet approximately 10 g, Gelixer CollagenPep in a glass. Add about 100ml of water and dissolve Gelixer CollagenPep in water and consume the solution. Take Gelixer CollagenPep daily 1 hour before food. To get the best results, use Gelixer CollagenPep for minimum of 3 months and this can be followed by a daily maintenance dose.
7. Who can benefit from Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ is an ideal supplement for anyone wanting to stay fit and well or who want to reduce risks of degenerative joint disease by constitutional nutrition. Gelixer® CollagenPep™ administration has an important role for use in individuals at risk from the development of joint degeneration. Such at-risk populations include:
· The elderly
· Those involved in hard manual labour
· People with existing joint or knee problems
· Middle-aged people with active lifestyles
8. Why is Gelixer® CollagenPep™ specifically important for cartilage in comparison to other proteins?
The amino acid composition of collagen peptide corresponds exactly to that of collagen – the predominant protein in cartilage.
9. Can children have Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
Gelixer® is a functional food for people who are suffering from joint pain due to osteoarthritis. In children, such conditions are not found. So we don’t recommend Gelixer® CollagenPep™ for children.
10. Do you want to know more about other benefits of Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
Collagen is a wonder protein and many researches are ongoing based on collagen-derived products. Some of the benefits of collagen peptide based on the researches are listed below
1. Improves skin texture
Skin is made of collagen. As we age, collagen production drops off and skin sags because it gets thinner, weaker, drier, and less resilient, or pliable. This deterioration is directly linked to amino acid content. Specific amino acids in the skin’s structure, like Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline, and Alanine – decrease with age and bad diet. Collagen Peptide also increases the diameter of collagen fibrils in the dermis by the same mechanism: fibroblast stimulation. This, in turn, increases cohesion of the dermal collagen fibres themselves, which is a true anti-ageing step. In the skin, this action means increased thickness, suppleness and resilience, as well as hydration. Studies show that daily use of collagen peptide (5 g daily) can increase the moisture content of the skin, its viscoelastic properties and its smoothness.
2. Improves Bone Mineral Density
The compact structures of bones are maintained by the combination of protein (collagen) and minerals. The loss of collagen from the body can cause the bones brittle. Studies show that Collagen Peptide supplements may improve the bone mineral density by making up the collagen loss.
Collagen Peptide is a good protein to use in blends with others for a weight management diet. It contains 8 out of 9 essential amino acids, and proteins are recognized as being the most satiating macronutrient. Collagen Peptide is also a good ingredient for a sportive diet. It is important for athletes to restore their protein content after an exercise, and the consumption of Collagen Peptide that contains more than 97% of protein can help it. Collagen Peptide also contains some glycine and Arginine, two of the three amino-acids of the creatine, a molecule which presents in the body and having an important play during the exercise, providing energy to the body. Finally, Collagen Peptide contains some Arginine, which has been shown to be efficient to improve the athletic performance.
In Cosmetics, Collagen Peptide is used as an ingredient in topical cream or facial masks to improve the skin texture and reducing the wrinkles. Therefore collagen peptide is one of the main ingredients in many cosmetic products: shampoos, conditioners, soaps, face cares, or even in make-up Collagen Peptide is also believed to control high blood pressure, diabetes, helps weight loss, improve hair and nail strength and researches are continuing to establish the effect.
11. Can pregnant/nursing women have Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
The effect of Gelixer® CollagenPep™ in pregnant is not studied. Being a product derived from natural sources and an ingredient in medicines the safety is proved. But please consult a doctor before taking the product.
12. Can people with special medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, consume Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ is free of Cholesterol, Fat, Sugar and Salt. So it can be taken by people with diabetes, cholesterol.
13. Is there a limit on the amount of Gelixer® CollagenPep™ that is consumed per day?
To make up for the daily loss of collagen from our body, it is recommended to take 7-10 g daily for maintaining the joint health.
14. What is the source of Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ contains collagen peptide derived from animal sources. Collagen Peptide is manufactured in the most hygienic process conditions by following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) under HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) principles.
15. Should the Gelixer® CollagenPep™ be taken under medical supervision?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ is a functional food and not a drug. So it can be taken without medical supervision. Pregnant women and children should take the product after a medical consultation.
16. Will Gelixer® CollagenPep™ interfere with prescription medicines?
In general, collagen peptide is characterized by the highest degree of safety with respect to possible interactions with drugs, excipients or other food components.
17. Does Gelixer® CollagenPep™ have any side effects?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ contains collagen peptide derived from natural raw materials with no reported side effects. It does not react with drugs or other food or food ingredients. Collagen peptide is a food and not a food additive or pharmaceutical drug. It has a strong safety profile: Studies demonstrate no significant side effects: in very rare cases diarrhoea or flatulence were observed.
18. What is the shelf life of Gelixer® CollagenPep™
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ can be kept without damage for a period of at least two years in sealed conditions.
19. Is Gelixer® CollagenPep™ natural?
Gelixer CollagenPep is produced from natural raw materials. It does not react with drugs or other food or food ingredients.
20. Can I consume the product in solid form?
It should be consumed after dissolving in water.
21. What is the salt content in Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
No, Gelixer® CollagenPep™ does not contain salt.
22. Is Gelixer® CollagenPep™ suitable for vegetarians?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ is an animal origin product. It can be an effective supplement for improving your joint health. So it is recommended that the people who are suffering from joint stiffness and pain should take the product.
23. What measures are taken by NGIL to ensure the safety of use of Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
Safety with use of Collagen Peptide has been evidenced by studies in animals and followed by studies in humans (clinical trials). Being a dietary supplement derived from a natural source, the possibility of toxicity in Collagen Peptide is unfounded.
24. Does the Gelixer® CollagenPep™ contain artificial sweeteners?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ contains artificial sweetener “Sucralose”.
25. Does the Gelixer® CollagenPep™ contain artificial colours, flavours, or added preservatives?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ contains only nature-identical flavours. It does not contain artificial colours or added preservatives.
26. What are the different flavors in which the product is available?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ is available in Orange & Vanilla flavours.
27. What is the storage conditions required for Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
The product can be stored at ambient conditions. Replace cap tightly after each use.
28. 20. What are the certifications and licenses that are taken by the company with respect to Gelixer® CollagenPep™?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ has License based on Prevention of Food Adulteration Act (PFA). NGIL is following GMP standards for manufacturing Gelixer® CollagenPep™. The collagen peptide in Gelixer CollagenPep certified Halal by
• Jamiat Ulama E- Maharashtra, India
• Majelis Ulama, Indonesia
• IFANCA International, USA
29. From where do I purchase the product?
Gelixer® CollagenPep™ is available for purchase online and at select medical shops.