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How does it work?
The health of your hair, skin, and nails depends on three proteins: collagen, elastin, and keratin. As we get older, these proteins become more difficult to produce, and are easily damaged by environmental and lifestyle factors. BioSil®'s patented ch-OSA® complex activates the production of new proteins, and helps protect what you already have.†
Collagen is a strong, flexible protein that makes up 75% of skin, but as we age it diminishes at a rate of 1% a year. Smooth, healthy skin contains a finely-woven matrix of collagen proteins, and increased collagen noticeably reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Elastin is the stretchy, versatile protein that allows your skin, blood vessels, and joints to move and recoil without damage. Elastin is what makes skin look tight, youthful and firm, and low levels are correlated with rigid, sagging skin.
Keratin is the protein that makes up 97% of your hair and nails. When BioSil® increases your collagen levels, your hair roots and nailbeds are able to produce more keratin as a result, making stronger, thicker, healthier nails and hair.†
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- activating key enzymes required for collagen generation, such as ornithine aminotransferase, prolyl hydroxylases, lysyl hydroxylase;
- performing other structural roles to strengthen collagen and keratin fibers.†
- neutralizing homocysteine to protect collagen and protect lysyl oxidase activity;
- regulating the stress hormone cortisol;
- regulating inflammation response.†
- stabilizing OSA molecules and preventing them from reacting with each other, proteins, or other minerals;
- allowing higher concentrations of OSA than otherwise possible;
- assisting in transporting OSA into collagen-generating cells (the complex can enter collagen generating cells via the silicon pathway or the choline pathway both.)†
Yes, it's fine to take BioSil® alongside collagen and/or collagen peptide supplements. These products work very differently from one another, but are potentially complementary.
BioSil® contains choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid, a uniquely effective complex clinically proven to activate collagen production and protect existing collagen levels. BioSil® works primarily by activating and supporting the enzymes your body naturally uses to make collagen.
Collagen supplements, on the other hand, do not activate these enzymes. However, they may be a source of the amino acids that are used as raw material for new collagen. As well, collagen peptides might be absorbed intact into cells, and might somehow signal the body to try to make new collagen. But in both cases, a specific series of enzymes must be activated to build new collagen. Collagen and collagen peptides do not activate these enzymes, BioSil® does.
All BioSil® products are meant to be taken twice a day, in order to achieve the results that have been proven in clinical trials.
BioSil® is not made from collagen, it generates collagen. When you ingest collagen your body breaks it down and digests it as food. Your body views collagen supplements like any other protein-rich meal: meat, seafood, poultry. In this way, many collagen supplements aren't very different from drinking a protein shake.
BioSil®, by contrast, turns on your body’s collagen-producing cells. In your skin, these cells are called fibroblasts. In bone, they’re called osteoblasts. When your fibroblasts and osteoblasts begin to slow down with age, collagen production diminishes. BioSil® has been clinically proven to increase collagen formation by supporting these cells, and helping them operate at full capacity. What’s more, BioSil® protects the newly formed collagen, as well as your existing collagen, from damage.†
BioSil® is not the same as biotin. BioSil® and biotin are both involved in naturally activating enzymes in your body; however, BioSil® and biotin activate different enzymes and work differently and independently from one another.
Biotin is a B vitamin essential to metabolism, and it can aid in nail and hair health. One common proposed mechanism of action is related to its ability to activate an enzyme involved in forming the cortex of hair fibers and nail plates.†
BioSil® does not contain biotin. It contains ch-OSA®, a uniquely effective complex that is clinically proven to activate multiple biological pathways that generate collagen, elastin and keratin. BioSil® works primarily by activating and supporting enzymes your body naturally uses to make these proteins. In addition, BioSil® helps protect collagen by neutralizing homocysteine, a metabolite that destroys collagen throughout the body. Emerging research also suggests that BioSil® may also help protect collagen from the stress hormone cortisol.†
BioSil® is a unique, clinically proven complex containing choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid, or ch-OSA®. Some of BioSil®’s benefits come from orthosilicic acid (bioavailable silicon), some are from choline (a B-vitamin-like essential nutrient), and some are from the complex as a whole.
The benefits of orthosilicic acid :
The benefits of choline:
The benefits of the ch-OSA® complex overall:
ch-OSA® is transported and metabolized very differently than other silicon-containing compounds. Several gold standard, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials published in respected medical journals have proven ch-OSA®'s unique effectiveness for hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints. In other words, BioSil®’s proven benefits are unique, and can’t be extrapolated to other silicon-containing products.
Recently, a major mineral water company sponsored a bone study using about 80 mg/day of silicon (in the form of orthosilicic acid), which is found naturally in their water. Researchers terminated the trial after one year without significant results. Meanwhile, a one-year study in a similar population testing BioSil®'s ch-OSA® found a 15% increase of bone collagen production and an increase of bone mineral density at the hip, using only 6 mg/day of silicon (that is, 12 drops of BioSil® a day.)†
This is in part because OSA molecules are highly reactive on their own. Without the stabilizing influence of choline, OSA reacts with proteins or other minerals in the blood, and the resulting complexes are generally useless to the body and are quickly be filtered out by the kidneys.
Yes. The biological processes Biosil® supports are identical in women and men. Biosil® generates and protects collagen, elastin, and keratin—it has absolutely no impact on sex hormones.†
BioSil® can be beneficial for everyone. Collagen production typically peaks around age 21, and levels decline an average of 1% per year thereafter, though degradation rates vary with genetics and lifestyle factors.
People usually observe the effects of collagen loss in their skin, hair and nails, and feel the changes in their bones and joints. BioSil® helps rejuvenate these collagen-dependant tissues at any age.†
Absolutely. BioSil® does not contain any animal-derived products whatsoever.
BioSil®'s only active ingredient is ch-OSA®, a patented complex clinically proven to activate the biological pathways that generate collagen and elastin, as well as keratin.
ch-OSA® contains orthosilicic acid (the bioavailable form of silicon), which is stabilized with choline (a B-vitamin-like essential nutrient). Both components in the ch-OSA® complex have their own benefits, as well as unique benefits that only occur when they're paired together.†
First, ch-OSA® triggers the production of new collagen, keratin, and elastin.†
Many collagen supplements are made of ground livestock (hooves, hide, scales, bones, and other meat byproducts), but even the plant-based or protein peptide supplements rely on the idea that you can increase your collagen levels by eating enough of it. However, when you eat collagen your body treats it like any other protein: it breaks it down and digests it as food. Instead of eating foreign, non-human collagen, taking ch-OSA® activates your own cells to produce fresh collagen, elastin, and keratin.†
Secondly, ch-OSA® also protects your existing collagen, keratin, and elastin from degradation.†
The choline in ch-OSA® is proven to neutralize homocysteine and regulate cortisol, two "anti-collagens" which destroy existing collagen and suppress new production. In this way, ch-OSA® protects existing elasticity and strength in your hair, skin, nails and bones.†