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Collagen is the most prevalent protein in the human body by weight. It’s a key building block of tissue in our skin, hair, nails, joints and bones.
Hydrolyzed collagen is collagen that’s been broken down into smaller bits of protein called peptides. In this smaller form, collagen is easier for your body to absorb. That’s why most collagen supplements you’ll see are labeled either hydrolyzed collagen or collagen peptides—two different terms for the same thing. Taking a supplement like hydrolyzed collagen can help support your body’s natural collagen production, which naturally slows down with age.
Another benefit of hydrolyzed collagen is that it dissolves fully in both hot and cold liquids, so it’s easy to add to coffee, tea, smoothies or any beverage you like.
The human body produces collagen (mainly in the connective tissue cells), but it’s also found in the skin, bones and connective tissue of animals. Dietary supplements use collagen—which is then hydrolyzed or broken down into smaller, more easily absorbable bits—from animal sources.
The most common sources of hydrolyzed collagen types 1 and 3 are bovine (beef) and marine collagen from fish. Hydrolyzed collagen type 2 is typically sourced from chicken. While there’s not one definitive best hydrolyzed collagen, we recommend choosing bovine collagen products that are labeled “pasture-raised” and “grass-fed.”
No. Collagen is a protein found exclusively in the skin, bones and connective tissues of animals. Most hydrolyzed collagen supplements are made from either bovine collagen, sourced from cows, or marine collagen, sourced from fish. You might find vegetarian or vegan supplements formulated to provide support for natural collagen production (like Collagen Alternative), but they don’t contain actual collagen.
Collagen itself is a protein that’s found throughout the bodies of animals. Hydrolyzed collagen is a popular type of collagen found in supplements. “Hydrolyzed” just means that it’s been broken down via hydrolysis, a chemical process involving water, into very small bits called peptides.
If you’ve ever mixed NeoCell hydrolyzed collagen into coffee or tea, you know it dissolves quickly. That’s due to the smaller—hydrolyzed—fragments allow it to mix easily into both hot and cold liquids. Your body is better able to absorb hydrolyzed collagen (aka collagen peptides) versus unhydrolyzed collagen, too.
Hydrolyzed collagen supplements are a great way to promote your body’s own collagen production, which slows down as you age. And studies have shown that taking hydrolyzed collagen peptides can promote healthy collagen formation throughout the body, which helps support healthy skin, hair, nails and joints.*
Yes. The terms are interchangeable, and simply refer to collagen that’s been broken down into smaller fragments. Once collagen is hydrolyzed, it dissolves fully into hot or cold liquids and is also easier for your body to absorb.