What are collagen peptides and hydrolyzed collagen?

What Are Collagen Peptides?

Since your body can’t effectively absorb and utilize collagen in its native state, 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.” This makes them more bioavailable; able to be absorbed into your bloodstream more easily once digested. As the peptides begin repairing various areas of your body, your cells will build them back up to their full-length size to continue repairs and provide energy.

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:

  • Glycine
  • Proline
  • Hydroxyproline 

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 is simply another name for the same product; collagen peptides. Since hydrolysis refers to the process that collagen peptides go through in order to be broken down into smaller chains of amino acids, we use the terms hydrolyzed collagen and collagen peptides interchangeably.