ch-OSA® is a complex of two components
ch-OSA® is a complex of two components:
orthosilicic acid (OSA): the biologically active form of silicon
choline (ch): an essential nutrient that neutralizes collagen-destroying homocysteine and helps regulate cortisol
When combined in ch-OSA® together, these two components stabilize each other for optimal absorption into collagen-producing cells.†
Imagine your skin is a silk dress: lustrous, soft, supple, and strong. Silk is a woven fabric of thousands of threads, not unlike the collagen matrix in your skin. Individual collagen fibers in your skin are similar to the raw threads of silk. The silkworms that spin the silk are like the enzymes that form the collagen. And ch-OSA®—the patented active ingredient in BioSil®—is like the mulberry leaf that nourishes the silkworms.
The history of the ch-OSA® complex
Twenty-five years of research and development
ch-OSA® was discovered in the early 1990s at the University of Antwerp by a Belgian medical microbiologist. Twenty-five years and $17 million later, researchers have not just tested but clinically proven ch-OSA®'s health benefits, while also optimizing its delivery and absorption into the body's cells.†
Finding the ideal partner
Before ch-OSA®, researchers had trouble studying the effects of silicon in the body. Depending on age and diet, people absorb silicon at tremendously different rates. Orthosilicic acid—which is the form of silicon the body uses, and is commonly found in mineral water—was also difficult to pinpoint, because it's so easily destabilized by other molecules. Even the process of bottling mineral water can render OSA completely ineffective.
Researchers needed an ideal partner nutrient to stabilize OSA in order to study its effects on skin, hair, and bone health. After extensive testing, they landed on choline, a vital nutrient similar to B vitamins. Choline is naturally produced in the body, and has the added benefit of neutralizing homocysteine and regulating cortisol, both of which actively destroy collagen. Choline also locates and locks on to the fibroblasts that produce collagen, which makes it the perfect transportation agent for bioavailable orthosilicic acid.†
Meanwhile, researchers noticed that the ch-OSA® complex itself offers unexpected benefits that don't come from choline or OSA alone, but from the complex itself.
Proof from outside experts
Many supplement manufacturers make grand claims about their health and beauty products, but not all of those claims have been verified, much less proven by international standards.
To test ch-OSA®, American and European dermatology and bone health researchers have undertaken years of clinical trials. The results of these double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies have been peer-reviewed and published in leading medical journals around the world.
Clinical trials show that ch-OSA® has significant benefits for hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints
Noticeably smoother, tighter skin
A double-blind, randomized study of women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s with sun-damaged skin found their fine lines and wrinkles reduced by 30% and skin elasticity improved by 89% after twenty weeks of taking ch-OSA® daily, compared to the placebo group† (Barel et al.)
Stronger, thicker hair
Women between the ages of 18 and 65 with weak, thinning, or dull hair found improvements after thirty-six weeks. Hair strength increased by 13.1% and hair thickness increased by 12.8%, compared to the placebo group in a double-blind, randomized German study† (Wickett et al.)
Stronger, less brittle nails
After twenty weeks of taking ch-OSA® daily, women found their nails to be significantly less brittle, compared to the placebo group† (Barel et al.)
Denser bones with increased collagen production
In a double-blind randomized study, ch-OSA® was found to increase collagen formation in bones by 15%, while bone density increased by 2% at the hip† (Spector et al.)
Less discomfort and stiffness in joints
In an osteoarthritis trial, ch-OSA® was found to reduce joint discomfort, improve physical function, and inhibit cartilage degradation† (Geusens et al.)
How is ch-OSA® different?
You're right to be discriminating, even skeptical, about the claims beauty and health products make. These are the facts we stand behind.
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.†
Protect the collagen you have
The choline in ch-OSA® is proven to neutralize homocysteine and regulate cortisol, two "anti-collagens" which destroy existing collagen and suppress new production. ch-OSA® protects existing elasticity and strength in your hair, skin, nails and bones.†
ch-OSA® is made of two natural substances
Both choline and OSA are naturally occurring substances that your body makes and uses in its everyday processes.
BioSil® is also vegan and GMO-free, meaning there is no risk of ingesting the heavy metals and other toxins that are potentially present in foreign collagen.
Not just studied or tested, but clinically proven
When advertisers claim that a product has been "clinically studied" it can be misleading. Just because a product has been studied doesn't mean the results were positive: they may have been inconclusive or even negative.
BioSil®'s clinical studies are subject to the gold standards of clinical science: double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials. This ensures significant, meaningful results on real timelines.
Look for the original ch-OSA® stamp
BioSil® is the only product on the market that contains ch-OSA®. However, knock-offs abound. Look for the gold ch-OSA® stamp on the packaging: it's the only way to ensure you're buying the real, clinically proven product.
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Explore some answers.
- orthosilicic acid (OSA): the biologically active form of silicon
- choline (ch): an essential nutrient that neutralizes collagen-destroying homocysteine and helps regulate cortisol†
Yes, we test every batch of BioSil® for heavy metals, including lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. We also test for a variety of microbiology parameters.
In addition, BioSil® is certified by ISURA, Canada’s only independent natural health supplement and food product verification and certification organization. ISURA does mass spectrometry and non-GMO testing, and confirms that BioSil® is free of GMOs and over 600 potential contaminants (i.e., pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, etc.)
No, BioSil® is free of common allergens including soy, dairy, egg, corn, wheat, gluten, fish/shellfish, nuts/tree nuts. If you have any specific concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
No, BioSil® does not contain any genetically modified organisms or ingredients.
No, BioSil® does not contain any ingredients derived from animal products. Vegans and vegetarians can take BioSil® without any concerns.
When a scientist says a result is “significant,” the definition isn't up for interpretation. This word is only used when the change is real, not based on chance or luck.
In placebo-controlled trials, a "significant" difference between the results of the active group and the placebo group indicates that the substance being tested is definitely responsible. For example, in the BioSil® clinical trials, one "statistically significant" finding was a 30% reduction in the depth of fine lines and wrinkles.†
Any product has seen real positive results in the lab will say that its results are “statistically significant.” If this phrase isn't used, the changes may well be negligible.
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.†
Absolutely. BioSil® does not contain any animal-derived products whatsoever.
No, BioSil® is a dietary supplement.
BioSil® is produced by Bio Minerals NV: a research, development and production company founded in 1994, and located in Ghent, Belgium.
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.†
ch-OSA® is a uniquely effective complex that activates the body's production of collagen, elastin, and keratin. It also has properties that protect existing collagen and elastin from damage. Clinical trials have found that taking ch-OSA® produces noticeable effects all over the body, including skin, hair, nails, joints, and bones.†
ch-OSA® is a combination of two components:
When combined together as ch-OSA®, these two components stabilize each other for optimal absorption into collagen-producing cells.
We're so glad you asked. Yes, not only does choline stabilize OSA, it also has several vital health benefits.
Choline is a precursor of phospholipids, which are essential in building cell membranes.†
Choline is also involved in cell signalling (e.g. neurotransmitters like acetylcholine), liver health, and lipid metabolism.†
Choline protects collagen from homocysteine, which is known to degrade collagen. Choline converts homocysteine into methionine, a beneficial amino acid.†