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Collagen: The Sun-Protection Connection By Jason Sebeslav

Richard Passwater, Jr. works for Bio Minerals NV, the Belgian manufacturer of BioSil®. Richard has held a variety of technical, sales and quality control positions in the dietary supplement industry and has written over 90 articles, co-authored two peer-reviewed scientific studies and is a co-inventor of three patents. He speaks about collagen and related health topics around the world. Jason Sebeslav: I recently read a health article that suggested ditching toxic sunscreens and instead eating more carotenoids, flavonoids and polyphenols as well as collagen-forming foods, like bone broth and gelatin. I see also that some sunscreens now contain collagen. What’s the connection between these compounds and sun protection? Richard Passwater Jr.: Sunscreen products contain agents that can either absorb or reflect UV radiation at the skin surface thereby protecting the skin. A significant percentage of ingested carotenoids, flavonoids and polyphenols get deposited into the skin. These natural phytonutrients are capable of absorbing UV radiation to prevent direct damage to cells and DNA. Collagen makes up about 75% of the dry weight of skin. It provides strength, thickness, suppleness and also reflects light. Much of the light that hits the skin goes through the outer layer (epidermis) into the dermis. The more collagen someone has in their dermis, the more of that light gets reflected. JS: How does our age relate to our collagen levels? RP: Collagen production typically starts declining at 21 years of age, with a yearly drop in collagen of about 1% per year. Men generally lose collagen at a fairly consistent rate throughout their adult lives. But in women, collagen loss is complicated because estrogen helps keep collagen production high. As estrogen production starts to drop as women age, collagen production slows down. Also, after menopause collagen loss generally accelerates. In fact, it’s very common for a woman to lose about 30% of her collagen in the first 5 years after menopause. JS: What else does collagen do for our health? RP: Collagen also contributes greatly to the strength and flexibility of skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels. JS: What about eating certain foods or nutrients to make up for collagen loss? RP: Adequate protein intake is very important because collagen production relies on three amino acids found in protein-rich foods: L-glycine, L-proline and L-lysine. Some good choices would be foods like red meat, eggs, cheese, cod, sardines, nuts and legumes. Foods rich in the mineral silica, such as green beans and cucumbers, are also important because orthosilicic acid (the biologically relevant form of silicon/silica) can help activate an enzyme the body uses to produce L-proline. JS: You advocate a supplement called BioSil, which provides a particular type of collagen-building silica. RP: Yes. BioSil contains choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA), a unique nutrient complex, clinically proven by over 20 years of research and development. “Gold standard” human clinical studies prove that BioSil’s ch-OSA increases collagen production throughout the body. JS: What makes BioSil different from other collagen supplements? RP: BioSil doesn’t contain collagen. It is an advanced collagen generator complex. The OSA in BioSil is the biologically relevant form of silicon that activates collagen generating enzymes. But OSA is a highly reactive molecule. BioSil’s choline stabilizes the OSA and functions as its transporter into collagen generating cells. Once in the cell, ch-OSA stimulates collagen synthesis. Choline also neutralizes collagen-destroying homocysteine, WWW.HWSMAG.COM

An interview with Richard Passwater Jr.

which degrades collagen and suppresses new collagen production unless neutralized. BioSil’s clinical results include a significant reduction in the depth of fine lines and wrinkles as well as improved skin elasticity, hair strength and thickness, nail strength, bone collagen formation, and bone mineral density (BMD) at the hip. JS: Is there any indication that BioSil can help sun-damaged skin. RP: Yes. In a clinical study on women with sun-damaged skin, women taking BioSil reduced the depth of their fine lines and wrinkles by 30% and improved their elasticity measurements by 89% compared to women in the placebo group. JS: Most collagen supplements are animal-derived, which of

course is an issue for those following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Does BioSil contain any animal products? RP: No. BioSil is completely free of animal products and ingredients derived from animals.  Also, BioSil is 100% non-GMO and gluten free. BioSil is suitable for vegans. JS: At what age do you suggest people start taking the supplement? In other words, can BioSil be taken both as a preventative measure, as well as to address existing conditions? RP: The earlier you start, the more collagen you build up and the better off you’ll be as you age. Also, BioSil helps protect existing collagen, which is important at any age. HWS Jason Sebeslav is the owner of The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market, a full-service health and wellness store in St. Catharines. He has worked in the editorial department of alive magazine and his articles have appeared in many natural health publications. For more information about the store, visit

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