You’ve probably heard of collagen, especially because of its anti-ageing benefits, but you probably don’t know the difference between hydrolyzed or type II collagen. If it all sounds a bit like gibberish, let’s break it down so we can find out whether hydrolyzed or type II collagen is the perfect fit for you!
As we age, it’s no secret that the youthful glow we remember from our twenties starts to fade, this is because we produce less collagen — putting us at a deficit. To counterbalance that deficit, taking collagen supplements has become a favourable way to combat the signs of ageing.
What makes collagen protein so unique is that its focus is on repairing rather than serving as another “protein building block.” (but it is also a good source of lean protein/amino acids too). Collagen has been proven to help your muscles, joints and even your gut too; making it a potentially beneficial supplement to boost your overall health.
What is Hydrolyzed Collagen?
Since the most common sources of collagen for supplementation come from bovine hide, chicken or fish carcass, they need to be processed in order to make it more bioavailable and therefore, easier to digest.
This process is called hydrolysis, where water molecules break down the animal protein bonds into smaller peptides.
How to Take Hydrolyzed Collagen
The final product after the animal protein has been reduced to collagen peptides is a tasteless, odourless and easily dissolvable powder making it incredibly versatile.
You can incorporate hydrolyzed collagen into a beverage or consume it with a meal to reap its benefits. Like our Perfect Grass-Fed Hydrolyzed Collagen Powder.
Potential Health Benefits of Hydrolyzed Collagen
Hydrolyzed collagen offers an array of health benefits. But traditionally raised bovine collagen offers additional health benefits; above and beyond that of other sources of collagen!
- Skin, Nail & Hair: Your skin needs a lot of collagen, so if you want to retain your skin’s natural elasticity and youthfulness (texture and glow) then supplementation is essential. Studies have found that collagen makes nails less brittle while promoting growth. As for your hair, since collagen works miracles on the skin there is evidence to suggest it can help with your hair too (although there aren’t studies to prove it)
- Muscles & Joints: Collagen itself, contains more protein per calorie and less sugar and salt than other protein sources. What this means is collagen is excellent for building lean muscle and burning fat. As for your joints, collagen is in all your ligaments so by supplementing collagen there’s a growing body of research showing it can reduce joint pain (chronic or injury). Further, it may actually accelerate wound healing.
- Sleep Quality: Looking for a restorative deep sleep, bovine collagen is rich in glycine — responsible for deeper sleep — and when taken at night, studies show subjects sleep better.
- Gut Health: Bovine’s essential amino acids, like glycine work to soothe and prevent digestive complaints. This means better digestion for you!
Type II Collagen
What is Type II Collagen?
Type II collagen is primarily sourced from the cartilage of cows or chickens and is not as processed or “pre-digested” as hydrolyzed.
This is why type II collagen is geared towards protecting your joints while replenishing collagen stores for people that suffer from inflammatory conditions (arthritis) or injury.
Type II collagen can help to strengthen your joints but also improve joint flexibility, this is because the cartilage in your body is made up of type II collagen and as we age we produce less, so it goes without saying that supplementation (taking a type II collagen supplement) could be very helpful!
How to Take Type II Collagen
Most commonly type II collagen is found in capsule form, as it has a chalky taste if ingested as a powder (and not ideal in a smoothie like the hydrolyzed is). So if you’re taking our Perfect Supplements Type II Collagen Capsules follow the recommended daily intake.
Health Benefits of Type II Collagen
Type II collagen is ideal for people with joint conditions like arthritis or athletes that need a stronger more targeted version.
Hydrolyzed Collagen Vs Type II Collagen: Which is Right for YOU?
Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of collagen, all that’s left is to try one of our high-quality bovine collagen supplements!
We hope you enjoyed this blog today and if you have any questions or comments please be sure to drop us a line! Tam x
This article is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as health advice. Statements made have not been evaluated by the TGA and are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent and one should always consult with their trusted health professional before adding a new supplement to their diet