Three Reasons to Supplement with Collagen Hydrolysate

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Collagen hydrolysate is a supplement that can provide many of the benefits of bone broth. Learn what it is, how to take it and 3 reasons why you should.

Much has been written about the health benefits of bone broth in recent years. With a wide range of minerals, amino acids and proteoglycans (protein-sugar molecules that cushion and support joints) that support bones, joints, gut and immune health, is it any wonder that a simmering pot of broth was a staple in kitchens before the rise of pharmaceuticals and processed foods?

Soups, stews, gravies, sauces, aspics and jellies were traditionally made from bone broth and were a standard part of our diets in pre-World War II America.

And they contained a very key nutrient.

Collagen.

Collagen comes from the Greek word “kolla” which literally means glue and it’s the substance that in many ways keeps us glued together.  It is the most abundant protein in the body and forms our strong but pliable connective tissues, notably, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, joints and skin.

Key point: Collagen only comes from animal sources.

The Health Benefits of Collagen

Collagen has a unique amino acid profile including four amino acids – proline, glycine, glutamine and alanine – that although are not essential, are conditionally essential to many important functions in our body including:

  • Skin health
  • Supporting joint health
  • Improving gut function and digestion
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Building and restoring muscle
  • Supporting a healthy metabolism
  • Normalizing appetite
  • Promoting healthy brain function
  • Promoting healthy sleep

After World War II, supermarkets, fast food and industrial agriculture eroded our cooking traditions, and our food system basically went to hell.  One of the great tragedies was the loss of REAL collagen-rich foods like bone broth.

In its place came Campbell’s, Progresso, bouillon cubes and the countless boxed broth products that are now commonplace in stores. But they’re nothing even remotely close to real broths and soups, the way your grandmother made them, slowly simmered to break down the collagen and provide it in a highly absorbable form.

Is it a coincidence that millions struggle with all types health problems that require healthy collagen like joint and bone problems?  That knee and hip replacement surgeries have skyrocketed?  That Botox is even a real thing?!  Call me crazy but as a baseball fan I have a hunch that the rise in Tommy John surgeries for pitchers is partly associated with the decline in the very nutrient that supports good joint health.

OK, let me reign myself in before I go off on too far of a tangent (though I hope to one day write that baseball post).

Bottom line: few people today are getting enough collagen in their diets.

And while I’d love for everyone to start making bone broth at home, the reality is that we’re not all connected to our kitchens the way we used to be.  As simple as it is to make it, more people than not would prefer to purchase it or even take a supplement version of it.

Well, the good news is that there is a supplement that can provide many of the benefits of bone broth.

Collagen hydrolysate.

What is Collagen Hydrolysate?

Collagen hydrolysate (also called “hydrolyzed collagen”) is simply collagen that has been broken down via an enzymatic process into shorter collagen peptides.  These peptides have a low molecular weight and are very easy for our body to absorb. 

What’s the Difference Between Collagen Hydrolysate and Gelatin?

Not a whole lot. Gelatin is simply collagen that has been cooked.  It’s amino acid profile is the same as collagen hydrolysate but because those amino acids are still bound together, the chemical properties are slightly different.  In particular, gelatin only dissolves in hot liquids.  And once that hot liquid cools, the gelatin will form a gel, just like in a chilled bone broth or well… Jello.  However, collagen hydrolysate dissolves in both cold and hot liquids.

Three Reasons to Supplement with Collagen Hydrolysate

1. You understand the important benefits of bone broth but are not able/willing/ready to make it at home.

Of course, a real homemade bone broth is always the best option.  But since I came out with my book, Fearless Broths and Soups, I can’t believe the amount of people who’ve asked me to offer my own bone broth product (not gonna happen!).  While many people understand the difference between homemade and store-bought broths, they still have a hard time finding time between work and raising kids to make their own.

Supplementing with collagen hydrolysate is the next-best option.

2.  You have chronic digestive issues and gelatin-rich bone broths may be hard to digest.

As beneficial as gelatin is to our gut and overall health, gelatin does contain larger and heavier proteins that may be hard to break down for those with a weakened digestive system.  Collagen hydrolysate has a lower molecular weight than gelatin and is thus easier for the body to absorb.

3.  It’s tasteless and easy to include in all types of liquids.

Unlike gelatin, collagen hydrolysate dissolves easily in cold liquids.  It’s also tasteless so you can conveniently add it to whatever liquid you want – water, smoothies, milk, shakes, juices, etc.

Even coffee!

Why I Recommend Perfect Hydroyzed Collagen

Collagen hydrolysate is a supplement that can provide many of the benefits of bone broth. Learn what it is, how to take it and 3 reasons why you should.

Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen is a new collagen hydrolysate product from Perfect Supplements.

Here’s why I recommend it:

  • It is 100% pure hydrolyzed collagen
  • There are no fillers, flow agents or added ingredients
  • Sourced EXCLUSIVELY from Brazilian pasture-raised (grass-fed) cows
  • Non-GMO and 100% natural and pesticide and hormone free
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • There’s 60 serving per bottle (that’s a lot!)

Full disclosure – I’m an affiliate of this product.  But please understand, I RARELY recommend supplements here on my blog.  When I do, it’s because of two reasons.

First, because I really believe in that product and company.

A few things you should know about Perfect Supplements:

  • They are a certified cGMP (current good manufacturing principles) company and unlike most companies, they don’t use cheap fillers, flow agents, binder or any synthetic ingredients.
  • They only use organic ingredients and support Fair Trade principles.
  • They only support animal products from humanely raised animals.
  • They are a silver level green America certified business which is awarded to companies for surpassing standards of environmental protection and social justice.
  • They donate to charities and organizations that promote small farms and sustainability on a local, national and international level.
  • They are small, family run business located in Rhode Island.

And second, it’s because I take the product myself.

You might be surprised to hear that!  After all, if you follow my blog, you know I make A LOT of bone broth.  But I don’t make it as much in the summer and early fall months.

While I love a good broth for breakfast, I gravitate to smoothies in the warmer weather.  And that’s the primary way I take it.

How to Take Collagen Hydrolysate

Very simple. Put a scoop or two in any beverage you want and dissolve it.  It’s tasteless and odorless.

One scoop provides 10 grams of protein with no sugars, no “natural” flavors (which means artificial flavors) and no chemicals (which you’ll see a lot of in conventional protein powders).

That’s my blueberry-yogurt-banana-raw egg-liver smoothie in the cover photo (yes, I put a small piece of raw liver in my smoothies – you can’t even taste it, I swear).

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Comments

  1. What an interesting article. I didn’t know the difference between the gelatin and the hydrolysate. I like the versatility of the hydrolystate.

  2. I just started taking this stuff. It is a different brand. It is 100% organic, does not contain GMOs, and is made from grass fed cows that are free of hormones and antibiotics. I have taken it for 3 days. I have horrible bloating and gas. I read that some people have to ease into it by taking small amounts. The recommended dose is two tablespoons. However, I have only been taking about 1/4 of a teaspoon twice a day. Do you have any recommendations or is it just a matter of getting used to it? Any feedback on this topic would be appreciated!

  3. Baback says:

    Thanks for the great read mate, I was taking Glucosamine but heard about its side effects and will now switch to Collagen Hydrolysate.

  4. what time of day is best to take collagen hydrolysate? with or without food ? with amino acids 8 essential?

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