April 08, 2020 – In a recent pilot study between Nitta Gelatin, Inc. (Osaka, Japan) and the Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine (Ehime, Japan), consumption of Nitta Gelatin’s Wellnex collagen peptides was found to have a beneficial effect on both brain structure and language cognitive function. Thirty healthy participants (49-63 years) were asked to consume 5g Wellnex collagen peptides once daily, over a 4 week period. Test participants were then assessed using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to analyse structural changes within the brain, including fractional anisotrophy (FA-BHQ), in addition to verbal learning tests including word list memory (WLM) and standard verbal paired associate learning (S-PA). Ingestion of Wellnex collagen peptides resulted in significant improvements in FA-BHQ (p = 0.0095), and scores for the WLM (p = 0.0046) and S-PA (p = 0.0007) tests. This exciting pilot study, published in MDPI’s Nutrients, opens the door to more research related to the benefits of collagen peptide supplementation on human cognitive function.