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Collagen for Cellulite Treatment

By Prof. Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG)

Huntington University of Health Sciences

Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, making up from 25 to 35 percent of whole-body protein content. Though typically thought of as a product for skin wrinkling or joint care, collagen—or more specifically—Verisol collagen peptides (a material found in many dietary supplements)—have been shown to be effective for cellulite.

The Clinical Study
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study,1 researchers investigated the efficacy of Verisol collagen peptides on cellulite treatment in normal and overweight women. In total, 105 women aged 24-50 years with moderate cellulite received a daily dosage of 2.5 g Verisol or a placebo over six months. The degree of cellulite was evaluated before starting the treatment and after three and six months of intake. In addition, skin waviness (i.e. a measure of skin smoothness, or lack thereof), skin density, and the length of subcutaneous borderline were assessed. Verisol treatment led to a statistically significant decrease in the degree of cellulite and a reduced skin waviness on thighs (P < 0.05) in normal weight women. Moreover, dermal density was significantly improved (P < 0.05) compared to placebo. The subcutaneous borderline showed a significant shortening after Verisol intake compared to the beginning of the study, indicating cellulite improvement. The efficacy of Verisol treatment was also confirmed in overweight women, although the impact was less pronounced in comparison with women of normal body weight.

The results of the study demonstrated that a regular ingestion of Verisol over a period of six months led to a clear improvement of the skin appearance in women suffering from moderate cellulite. Based on the current data, it can be concluded that a long-term supplementation with Verisol leads to an improvement of cellulite and has a positive impact on skin health.

1 Schunck M, Zague V, Oesser S, Proksch E. Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology. J Med Food. 2015 Dec;18(12):1340-8.


Professor Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, the Provost for Huntington College of Health Sciences, is a nutritionist, herbalist, writer and educator. For more than 37 years he has educated and trained natural product retailers and health care professionals, has researched and formulated natural products for dozens of dietary supplement companies, and has written articles on nutrition, herbal medicine, nutraceuticals and integrative health issues for trade, consumer magazines and peer-reviewed publications. He can be reached at gbruno@hchs.edu.