Hydrolyzed collagen is a type of protein that is made up of amino acids. It is derived from animal products, such as skin, bones, and connective tissues.
To make a hydrolyzed collagen supplement, the raw materials used need to go through a complex process called "hydrolysis". Hydrolysis is the process of breaking down a molecule into smaller parts by the addition of water.
In the context of collagen, hydrolysis is used to break down the protein into smaller peptides, which can help with their absorption by the body.*
The process of hydrolyzing collagen can be achieved through different methods. One of them, enzymatic hydrolysis, is often used in order to help retain the nutritional and digestive properties of food proteins.*
Hydrolyzed collagen supplements are often made from the hides, bones or connective tissues of cows, chicken or fish and may mix hydrolyzed collagen sources with non collagen sources.
Different formats of hydrolyzed collagen supplements exist, including powder, capsules, and liquids. It can also be mixed in foods and drinks, both for its taste and texture.
Hydrolyzed collagen is today a popular type of supplement that is now used by many people around the world, often in their coffee. Consumers regularly take collagen peptides to support their skin, hair, nails, or joints as a collagen peptides supplement and may combine it with vitamins.*
On the other hand, the hydrolyzed collagen that is used in cosmetics and other beauty products, such as creams, is often referred to as “bioactive collagen”.
Different types of collagen
There are different collagen types that play specific roles in the human body. These are some of the main types of collagen that exist and some of their properties:
- Type I collagen: This is the most common type of collagen and is found in the skin, bones, and tendons. It may play a role in the strength and structure of these tissues.*
- Type II collagen: This type of collagen is usually found in cartilage and may play a role in its health and elasticity.*
- Type III collagen: This type of collagen is usually found in the muscles and may play a role in muscle mass and strength.*
- Type IV collagen: This type of collagen is usually found in the eyes and may play a role in vision.*
- Type V collagen: This type of collagen is found in the vascular system and may play a role in blood vessels.*
- Type X collagen: This type of collagen is found in the skin and connective tissues. It may help support strength and elasticity to these tissues.*
- Type XI collagen: This type of collagen is usually found in the heart.
- Type XII collagen: This type of collagen is usually found in the bones and teeth.
There are many other types of collagen which may play different functions for the body.
What are peptides?
A peptide is a molecule made up of two or more amino acids. When these amino acids are linked together, they form a peptide chain. Peptides can be important for a number of functions in the body.
Peptides are typically bonded by a covalent bond, which is a strong chemical bond that holds atoms together. There are also weaker bonds between peptides, such as hydrogen bonds, ionic bonds, Van der Waals forces, hydrophobic forces, and disulfide linkages. Each one of these has different effects on the way the body responds to peptides. In some cases, they can improve or decrease effectiveness.
Hydrolyzed collagen is made up of small chains of amino acids called peptides. Peptide chains are broken down into smaller pieces during digestion so that they can be absorbed by the body. They are then stored in different organ systems, where they may play different roles.
Collagen hydrolysate can also contain different amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins. There are 20 different amino acids, which can be divided into two categories: essential and non-essential.
Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body, so they must be obtained from food sources. Non-essential amino acids can be made by the body.
9 essential amino-acids
The nine essential amino acids are arginine, cysteine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan.
The rest of the 20 different existing amino acids are qualified as non-essential amino acids.
Amino acids can play a number of different roles in the body, including to support:
- Body tissues*
- Enzymes and hormones*
Codeage Multi Collagen
Codeage offers a variety of collagen formulas. We also offer multi collagen peptides in powder as well as multi collagen in capsules.
One of the formulas used by many of our customers is the Multi Collagen in powder which includes 5 types of collagen and comes with over 2 months of supply. The collagen powder is unflavored so it can be mixed in beverages such as coffee and tea, or can be used with food recipes.
Another collagen formula that our customers enjoy greatly is the Multi Collagen Platinum which offers collagen, a series of vitamins, biotin, keratin, and hyaluronic acid all-in-one. It also comes with an unflavored powder so it can be conveniently mixed into drinks.
Codeage also offers wild-caught marine collagen powder for those who prefer a meatless collagen solution. Fish collagen is a type of collagen that is derived from fish. Our wild-caught marine collagen powder also comes in an unflavored powder formula.
Some interesting metrics on why people use hydrolyzed collagen
We have recently asked our Codeage customers on our website why do they use collagen on a number of our offered products and provided 5 different choices to choose from. At the time of publication, the results based on the choices that were offered were:
- 32% use collagen for joints & bones
- 25% use collagen for skin & nails
- 18% use collagen for hair
- 14% use collagen for gut & digestion
- 11% use collagen for another reason
These numbers will continue to evolve as more people participate in voting on our website and you will be able to find the latest results and data on our website.
Collagen peptides in skin care
As we age, our skin can lose collagen and elasticity. This is one of the reasons why wrinkles may form and fine lines appear.* Applying a collagen peptide cream can help to support the skin's collagen levels, resulting at time in a more youthful appearance. Collagen peptide creams may also help to protect against the appearance of existing wrinkles and fine lines.*
Collagen and joints
Collagen is one of the main component of connective tissues, which is found in muscles, bones, and tendons. Collagen may help to support these tissues strength and elasticity. The collagen present in the body can in general also helps to lubricate joints and keep them healthy.*