What is hydrolyzed collagen?
What exactly are hydrolyzed collagen peptides? What should I be taking
That’s a lot to know about this amazing protein that is collagen.
You may already know that collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, responsible for the structure of skin, hair, ligaments, joints, and gut lining.
You also may know that it decreases with age and that's what is contributing to the degradation of our skin elasticity, hair strength, and joints.
You also may be aware by now that collagen supplementation can help improve the health of your hair, skin, nails, gut, bones, and joints.
What else is there to know about collagen?
If you have investigated taking collagen supplements, you may have discovered there are different types of collagen (depending on the source), and different formats that you can consume collagen in (liquid vs. powder vs. capsule).
All of these are based on your personal preferences and lifestyle. As a brand that creates all types of collagen, we know this well.
The one thing you do need to absolutely make sure of, however, is that whatever collagen supplement you are taking, it is made up of HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN PEPTIDES.
What are hydrolyzed collagen peptides?
Collagen is a complex protein, meaning it’s made up of chains of amino acids. Sourced from bovine or marine, collagen needs to be further broken down so that the human body can use and absorb it.
This is done through hydrolysis.
Hydrolysis: Water molecules break chemical bonds, and the substances are separated.
Once collagen goes through hydrolysis, you are left with small protein chains, which are called hydrolyzed collagen. This is also known as collagen hydrolysate or collagen peptides.
What are collagen peptides?
Collagen peptides and hydrolyzed collagen peptides are the same thing. One is simply specifically telling you what was done with the original collagen molecules from the source.
Why does collagen have to be hydrolyzed into peptides?
Collagen is a big molecule. It’s difficult for the body to digest or absorb it as is.
When hydrolyzed, it becomes:
- Easily digestible
- Better absorbed by the body
- Tasteless and odourless
- Easily dissolvable in liquids
Collagen supplements mostly should be hydrolyzed collagen peptides. The label may or may not indicate that.