The difference between collagen and hydrolysed collagen peptides… and why it is SO important!

15 June, 2021

If you’ve been looking into adding collagen into your daily skin care / health routine, you may have seen the words ‘hydrolysed’ and ‘peptides’ floating around somewhere.

Now, unless you’ve done your research, you’ll probably have no idea as to what these terms actually mean, and why they are so important when choosing a collagen supplement.

Collagen is an important structural protein found in animals. Essentially it holds the body together, giving strength, structure, elasticity and cohesion to bones, skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Collagen (typically from fish, porcine and bovine) is the raw material from which products such as gelatin and collagen peptides are made.

But not all of the collagen supplements that you can find today contain HYDROLYSED COLLAGEN, or COLLAGEN PEPTIDES.

Collagen peptides are short chains of amino acids extracted from raw collagen via a process called enzymatic hydrolysis (also enzymatic hydrolyzation).

The raw collagen has to go through a softening process that allows the collagen peptides to be released from their bonds and safely extracted.  As a result, collagen peptides are part of a tough and insoluble matrix of collagen fibres. The collagen then goes through a process called enzymatic hydrolysis. This is where a specific enzyme is used to break down the peptide bonds so the collagen peptides can be extracted.

Collagen peptides are bioactive. This means that they are easily absorbed into the bloodstream, and once absorbed, they can influence the activity of cells in the body in multiple ways. For example, collagen peptides can stimulate fibroblasts in the skin to make more hyaluronic acid, which is essential for skin hydration. Collagen that is not hydrolysed will not be absorbed as easily or effectively by the body…

Bioactive collagen peptides can help the body repair damaged tissue. It can provide structural support for skin, contribute to healthy hair, and help maintain bone density. This is why collagen peptides are used for a range of health, beauty and fitness needs. For example, various scientific studies have shown that collagen peptides can help improve joint health by protecting cartilage from degradation and helping to reduce inflammation around the joint. This has beneficial effects for people with joint conditions as it can help improve mobility and reduce pain.

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