What is Hydrolyzed Collagen?
Hydrolyzed collagen is the broken down form of collagen found in most supplements. Using enzymatic hydrolysis, collagen fibers are reduced to smaller amino acid chains. The resulting peptides have a lower molecular weight than regular collagen, which makes them even easier for our bodies to absorb.
It’s important to ensure that the hydrolyzed collagen products you choose actually contain hydrolyzed collagen. Some products on the market may claim to contain hydrolyzed collagen when in reality they’re only made of Glycine, Proline and Hydroxyproline — while these three amino acids are an important part of collagen’s molecular makeup, they only account for 50% of collagen’s triple helix chain. That’s only half of what should be present in a quality supplement!
Because hydrolyzed collagen contains many of the essential building blocks for internal collagen production, it can greatly assist with skin health. It can improve skin thickness and elasticity, helping slow the signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines, repair UV-related damage and even reduce the prominence of cellulite.
Hydrolyzed collagen also helps support easier aging by promoting joint health and keeping production booming in our internal collagen factories, which normally declines with age. This can help humans live longer lives at a higher quality since the joint relief that hydrolyzed collagen provides means fewer painkillers and NSAIDS that can have undesirable effects in the long term.
Finally, hydrolyzed collagen supplements can support the health of the gut barrier, helping alleviate symptoms of conditions like leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). By keeping leaky gut and IBD in check, many autoimmune disorders can also be avoided. A happy gut equals a healthier body!
There are three main types of collagen found in abundance in the human body, and that can benefit our bodies when taken as supplements:
- Type I: the most abundant form, which makes up 80% of your skin’s dermis layer and 90% of your body’s overall collagen supply. It supports healthy joints, hair and nails and is often used in skin treatment products.
- Type II: found mainly in joints, making up 50% of cartilage protein. As such, this type of collagen is used for arthritis treatments and relieving other forms of joint pain and discomfort due to weakened cartilage.
- Type III: the second most common form, which is gradually replaced by Type I as we age. Type III is a more pliable collagen that’s also found in skin, hair and nails.
Therefore, if you are creating products or supplements that could benefit your customers’ or patients’ skin health, you should include hydrolyzed collagen types I and III. For cartilage health products, use Type II.
Collagen is derived from the skin, bones and connective tissues of animals, mainly cows, pigs, chicken and fish. Each have their benefits, although bovine (cow) and marine (fish) are the most advantageous. Beef hydrolyzed collagen is rich in collagen types I and III which is great for promoting joint, hair and skin health. On the other hand, marine hydrolyzed collagen has 90% bioavailability — it absorbs into the body more easily than almost any other kind and is also great for skincare. Consider the types of collagen available in certain animals and how easily they’re circulated when taken.
Grass-Fed or Pasture-Raised
If you want to choose bovine collagen for your hydrolyzed collagen products, make sure it was derived from ethical farming operations. Look for “grass-fed” or “pasture-raised” labels. Custom Collagen sources all of our bovine collagen from grass-fed sources, which not only supports ethical farming but also ensures that the hydrolyzed collagen you receive is free of toxins like antibiotics and steroids, which are needed to support cows on a grain-based diet. This not only means your customers and patients receive a healthier product, but that the cattle get to live happier lives.
Quality collagen shouldn’t be a strange color, have a strong scent or contain artificial ingredients (unless they are natural sweeteners like vanilla, stevia or monk fruit). If the collagen has a dark yellow or brown color, it likely isn’t as pure as it should be. Additionally, if you open a product and find that it has a strong smell (particularly marine collagen), it is most likely less than premium quality.
Custom Formulation & Packaging Solutions
Throughout the R&D process on your product, you may come to the realization that you need a unique solution that can’t be found in standard hydrolyzed collagen products. With over seventy years of knowledge and experience in the collagen industry, Custom Collagen is able to provide bulk hydrolyzed collagen formulation and packaging solutions perfectly suited to our customers’ specific needs. In this way, we partner with our customers to help manufacture the highest quality, healthiest solutions for their product concepts.