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What’s the difference between collagen and hydrolyzed collagen (which is often considered one of the best forms)?
In addition to being derived from different sources, certain types of collagen — including hydrolyzed collagen peptides — have been processed differently (even down to the size of the peptides), leading to changes in the way that they’re handled by the body.
Pure hydrolyzed collagen peptides, in particular, are made in a way that typically makes it much easier for your body to put them to work.
Collagen is a type of structural protein found throughout the body, including in the muscles, tendons, joints, skin and digestive system. In fact, it’s the most abundant protein in the human body, accounting for 30 percent or more of connective tissues.
Collagen protein is also found in vertebrate animals, which are the source of collagen supplements. These supplements go by a number of different names, including hydrolyzed collagen powder (aka collagen hydrolysate) and collagen peptides.
While all collagen supplements are hydrolyzed to some extent, some are more so than others.
The definition of "hydrolyzed" is to break down a compound. Hydrolyzed collagen powder is the type that has been broken down into smaller individual collagen peptides, which are typically easier for your body to use and absorb. In this form, collagen protein is associated with several benefits including: generally supporting a healthy gut, skin, hair, nails and joints.
When collagen peptides are "fully hydrolyzed," this means they will dissolve in any temperature liquid, whether hot or cold, plus they won’t have any overly apparent taste or smell.
What is hydrolyzed collagen made out of? Hydrolyzed collagen is made out of multiple amino acids (called "the building blocks of protein") that are linked together, including the types called glycine, proline and arginine.
The hydrolyzation process breaks down chains that bind amino acids in collagen together. This is done via the work of enzymes that essentially help to do some of the "digesting" of collagen protein for you.
Once smaller units of protein are broken down, which is done in order to make them more absorbable, they are called collagen peptides. When it comes to supplement terminology, some of the time collagen peptides and hydrolyzed collagen are referring to the same things.
Hydrolyzed collagen peptides have been associated with many general health benefits, ranging from gut and digestive support to improved exercise recovery and performance.
Here Are A Few Of The Top Reasons To Consider Adding This Supplement To Your Routine
First of all, since colostrum is often compared to collagen let’s go over what collagen is.
Collagen is a protein in the human body, found naturally in bones, muscle, teeth, and hair. Collagen peptides have become a popular supplement that people believe can improve skin health and – for men in particular — contribute to better muscle mass and strength.
We generally consume collagen supplements in pill or powder form, mixed into foods, drinks, or smoothies: Which leads us to colostrum.
While we’ve been getting a man-glow by noshing collagen snacks, a new superfood called colostrum. crept into the game, which may have collagen beat.
Oddly enough, colostrum is the first food a mother creates for her offspring, which helps them thrive outside the womb. But we’re not talking about the potential of taking human colostrum. Instead, bovine colostrum has been the subject of new research that believes this superfood can improve skin health, athletic recovery, and even immune health. Some people are calling it "liquid gold".
Colostrum is known as "nature's superfood", and has historically been associated with human breastfeeding as the first form of food a mother provides her newborn. It’s packed with nutrients and is essential for newborns to help build and support their immune systems. Although it’s well established as a necessity for early life nutrition, substantial research has shown its components continue to play an important role in maintaining health throughout all stages of life.
Obviously, we’re not going to source adult-consumed colostrum from breastfeeding humans, but we will from dairy cows.
Still iffy about the process? Let’s talk benefits.
Research on colostrum from cows indicates bovine colostrum promotes and helps maintain a healthy immune and a GI system that is very unaffected by the usual adverse effects of NSAIDs (non-steroidal drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen) on the GI. In other words, it has more of a probiotic effect than collagen.
Colostrum naturally contains important and diverse probiotics important to gut health and contains immune and growth factors. It's safe for consumers to couple both colostrum and probiotics into their daily diet to help colonize the bacteria and stimulate strong gut health.
The bovine colostrum we’ve been talking about can help support digestive health including gut barrier integrity and function with issues such as leaky gut. Not sure if you have those? Check for symptoms like bloating, gas, digestive issues, and food sensitivities, then go to your doctor’s office to verify.
Cow colostrum has also been shown to support the body in fighting off bacteria and other nasty invaders while being beneficial for respiratory health. Many studies have found that it significantly decreased the risk of upper respiratory tract infections.
Colostrum may help you get big and strong also. Athletes may want to start taking Colostrum as an athletic supplement. Research shows that bovine Colostrum supports stronger, faster athletic recovery.
Going hard in a workout can also lead to leaky gut issues and other gut stressors, but colostrum may help with that.