BODYBALANCE® for perfect body composition and an active lifestyle
To retain an optimal body composition and to support an active lifestyle, GELITA has developed BODYBALANCE®. These highly specialized collagen peptides have been shown to decrease fat mass, increase lean body mass and to provide more muscle strength in combination with resistance training.
BODYBALANCE® has positive effects on two main components of the human body: lean body mass and fat mass. Lean body mass, also called fat free mass, comprises mainly muscle mass but also bone mass, connective tissue and body water.
Muscles are essential for physical activity, stability and posture, they enable blood circulation and help during the digestion of food. A loss of muscle mass over the course of life time means a loss of mobility, which is followed by a loss of independence and a loss of quality of life. In summary, the studies confirm that the intake of FORTIGEL® results in improvement of mobility in healthy individuals.
The BODY PROTEIN mechanism
The exact mechanism of BODYBALANCE® is still subject of ongoing research, but current data suggest, that the mode of action is based on the multifactorial impact of Bioactive Collagen Peptides® on various metabolic processes and the overall functional unit of muscle: e.g. muscle and fat metabolism.
Recent investigations revealed, BODYBALANCE® significantly stimulates the mTOR pathway. Availability and activity of this key protein are essential for the protein metabolism. The protein metabolism ensures the balance between protein synthesis and protein degradation. More synthesis than breakdown indicates an anabolic state that builds lean tissues, higher breakdown than synthesis indicates a catabolic state that decreases lean tissues.
Moreover, BODYBALANCE® influences the fat metabolism. A sufficient energy supply is mandatory for the proliferation of muscle cells and the synthesis of new muscle tissue. The AMPK enzyme is responsible for the energy transfer in the muscle cells. The stimulation of AMPK leads to an increase in fatty acid metabolism, which provides more energy for the cells and results in a reduction of fat mass. Due to its specific amino acid composition and its excellent bioavailability BODYBALANCE® stimulates fat and muscle metabolisms, finally leading to an improved body composition.
Studies confirm the efficacy of BODYBALANCE®
Several randomized, placebo-controlled, double blinded studies have demonstrated the efficacy and potential of the daily intake of 15 g BODYBALANCE® in combination with resistance training.
In the latest studies 2,3, the effect of post-exercise supplementation on lean body mass, fat mass and muscle strength in combination with resistance training was tested. 114 healthy, physically inactive men, aged 35-60 participated. The primary outcome was to compare 15 g BODYBALANCE® supplementation with placebo. Changes in body composition were measured by DXA scans. DXA represents the “Gold Standard” in body composition measurement. Total body scans using DXA give a precise measurement of body composition, including bone mass, lean body mass and fat mass.
In addition, muscle strength, waist circumference and various blood parameters were determined. The results of the primary endpoint of the study revealed a statistically significant (p<0.05) increase in lean body mass after BODYBALANCE® supplementation compared to placebo (fig 1).
Lean body mass
The positive effect was also reflected in the results of the secondary study criteria. BODYBALANCE® treatment led to an improved muscle strength, a reduction of waist circumference and a statistically significant fat mass reduction (p<0.05), after collagen peptide intake (fig 2, 3, 4).
2 Zdzieblik, D. et al Collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training improves body composition and increases muscle strength in elderly sarcopenic men: a randomised controlled trial, doi: 10.1017/80007114515002810, British Journal of Nutrition, 2015
3 Unpublished data 2015 , publication pending
BODYBALANCE® – Performance peptides with great market potential
Active, Sports and Medical Nutrition are experiencing a period of strong growth across a wide spectrum of markets. But to meet the demand of different target groups and participate in the market growth, product concepts need to deliver real benefits.
BODYBALNCE® supports what large target groups want: fitness, shape and power in everyday life
During a research based on focus group discussion conducted 2015 in the US, the UK and Germany, our researchers investigated the mindset of the following three target groups:
Men and women between 25 and 35 years, user of protein products
Determined, young and ambitious
Young males are interested in muscle gain – for visual effects but also increasing strength. Women are interested in losing weight or shaping and toning. Also the so-called ‘generation fitness’ is convinced that working on its appearance is expected from society. So the physical appearance is by far one of the main drivers!
Men and women between 40 and 55 years, do exercising occasionally
Men are fighting against ‘the belly’ and loss of masculine shape. Women fight against weight, flab and overall loss of shape and tone – in one word: gravity. Slogans like “50 is the new 40, 40 is the new 30” have positive connotations for this age group – but also pressurize and call for action in a society that values a youthful appearance. With longer living expectations and a natural wish for being attractive and healthy as long as possible, people are motivated to do something for themselves. But often fail due to the trivialities of everyday life.
Men and women between 60 and 80 years, suffering from age related muscle loss
Light at the end of the tunnel
The level of suffering depends on the overall state and accompanying ailments of the individual. Yet, all people are aware that everyday life chores are getting more difficult to achieve. The majority is aware about cause and effect between their struggling and muscle degradation, yet, blame it on a general side effect of aging.
Consumers are convinced by the BODYBALANCE® effect
BODYBALANCE® from GELITA bridges the gap that keeps consumers from reaching their goal by its offer to achieve significant results: it improves body composition and boosts the effect of workout.
• The promise of supplementing BODYBALANCE® in combination with resistance exercise is immediately understood, fascinates people and mirrors peoples goals.
• BODYBALANCE® products can be easily integrated into daily routines and support the growth of lean body mass and loss of body fat after just a few weeks. People achieve clear results within a credible time frame (10-12 weeks) and with reasonable investment (2-3 hours resistance training per week).
• After explaining the role of collagen in the human body, consumers are highly interested in the mode of action of BODYBALANCE® and BODYBALANCE® products.1
Tap the large market potential of BODYBALANCE®
BODYBALANCE® from GELITA is an effective ingredient for body toning in young and middle aged people and to counteract loss of muscle mass when aging. It represents a life science solution for everyday life. Due to its various technological properties BODYBALANCE® is an ideal protein to be combined with other food ingredients for a variety of food applications: for instance in beverages and bars, powders, soups and gels.