What are Collagen Peptides and Hydrolyzed Collagen?

BY DR. KELLYANN

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What are collagen peptides?

You body can’t effectively absorb and utilize collagen in its native state. Thus, it must first undergo a process known as hydrolysis. During this process, large molecules of collagen are broken down (via a reaction with water) into smaller units commonly referred to as collagen “peptides.”

Collagen peptides are short chains of amino acids typically sold as a powder. And they contain high concentrations of the amino acids used to build collagen.

Due to their small size, they easily dissolve in both hot and cold water. Not to mention they’re practically odorless and tasteless. And these are all highly desirable features when it comes to powder supplements.

What is hydrolyzed collagen?

Hydrolyzed collagen (and collagen hydrolysate) is the exact same thing as collagen peptides, which again have the following properties:

  • Short chains of amino acids
  • High concentration of collagen building blocks (i.e., glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline)
  • Dissolve in hot and cold water
  • Odorless and tasteless