Clear all the doubts you have about collagen.
Our experts answer the most frequently asked questions.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a very complex protein that is made up of three peptide chains twisted together. It is very difficult for our digestive system to process it. On the other hand, its size does not allow it to pass through the wall of the intestine, so it cannot enter our body through diet.
Collagen is the most abundant component of skin and bones, covering 25% of the total protein mass in our body. It is also an important part of connective tissue, joints, skeletal muscle, and tendons.
This protein is manufactured naturally by our body. But as the years go by, collagen production declines, affecting different aspects of our health.
What is hydrolyzed collagen?
Hydrolyzed collagen is the result of breaking down the complex protein ” collagen ” into smaller fractions, by natural means. Now we have fractions of collagen called “peptide” of different characteristics, but with a size that allows entry through the digestive system.
What are bio-active hydrolyzed collagen peptides?
It is a breakdown of the complex protein “collagen” using processes that are also natural, but bio-targeted to obtain specific peptides.
These specific peptides, or bio-active peptides, have specific and stronger effects in different parts of our body.
What is plant collagen?
It is a name generated by marketing since the protein ” collagen ” is of animal origin. It is not present in the vegetable kingdom. The vegetable collagen that is communicated is actually a mixture of cereals, leaves and fruits that provide a significant amount of nutrients that participate in the generation of collagen in our body but that has nothing to do with the effect that collagen peptides generate or Hydrolyzed collagen.
What are the differences between bovine, porcine and marine collagen?
They don’t really have any difference. Collagen protein has only one structure. Although it can be differentiated according to whether it comes from the skin, connective tissue, muscles, tendons or bone. It does not have a real differentiation according to whether it comes from porcine, bovine or marine sources since the protein is the same.
There is a false belief that marine collagen is better attributing the benefits of eating fish to it. Benefits that are not present in hydrolyzed collagen.
The differences in consumption according to the source in different parts of the world have more to do with the proximity of the source than with the extra benefits that they are supposed to have.
What types of collagen are there?
Although there are different types of collagens, their differences lie in the grouping and conformation of the fibers. They have no differences in amino acid sequences.
There are more than 20 types of collagen. The main differentiation is:
Type I: It is the type of collagen that is most abundant. It can occupy 90% of all that is present in the body. We find it in the skin, bones, intervertebral discs, tendons and the cornea. The fibrils are grouped in such a way that they give the organ a capacity to stretch with resistance and flexibility at the same time.
Type II: It is the collagen present in cartilaginous tissues, in fact, it is its main component. Also present in intervertebral discs and in some embryonic stages. In addition, it abounds in the vitreous humor of the eye. Its main purpose is to provide resistance to the tissues when applying intermittent pressure.
Type III: This collagen is characterized by its ability to hold body organs. It is present in the muscular tissues, in the venous walls, in the intestinal walls, in the skin and in some glands of the body. It is a molecule twice the size of type I and type II collagen and is second in abundance in collagen. It is closely related to type I collagen.
Is vitamin C important for collagen absorption?
No. The absorption of collagen is through its passage through the intestine. Its small size gives it this capacity and reaches the blood where it generates stimuli that are beneficial to health.
There is a false belief that it is absorbed by Vitamin C or that vitamin C is essential for its proper absorption. But in reality vitamin C is one of the co-factors necessary for the creation of collagen in the body and has nothing to do with absorption.
How does hydrolyzed collagen work?
Hydrolyzed collagen peptides, once in the blood, awaken the signal for our body to start working on the production of new collagen.
Collagen peptides can then be used as sources of amino acids (the most elemental structure of proteins) or even as energy. But what we ingest from nutritional supplements does not travel to deposit on the skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons or bones. Rather, these peptides awaken the natural machinery of our body to produce collagen.
What is the recommended dose of hydrolyzed collagen to obtain its benefits?
Scientific studies speak of 10 grams daily as the minimum dose for hydrolyzed collagen and 2,5g for Bioactive Collagen Peptides (equals to 15g of hydrolyzed collagen).
Is it the same for hydrolyzed collagen bio-active peptides?
No. Bio-active peptides are a new generation of hydrolyzed collagen and depending on the type of peptide and the desired stimulus, the recommended doses vary.
How does hydrolyzed collagen help the health and aesthetics of the skin?
The hydrolyzed collagen peptides, once in the blood, generate the signal to awaken the natural mechanisms of our body to produce fibroblasts (collagen present in the epidermis). In this way, the new fibroblasts fill the empty space that was generated over time while this signal became weaker and weaker.
How does hydrolyzed collagen help joint health?
The hydrolyzed collagen peptides, once in the blood, generate the signal to awaken the natural mechanisms of our body to produce chondrocytes (collagen present in the joints). In this way, the new chondrocytes fill the empty space that was generated over time.
At what time of the day do I have to take my daily dose of hydrolyzed collagen?
It is indistinct. Although fasting is the time when the digestive system is freer and with greater “work capacity”, which could mean better absorption, the truth is that hydrolyzed collagen peptides can be easily absorbed at any time of the day .
A tip is to consume it in the middle of the morning so that its satiating effect (let’s not forget that it is protein) will allow us to make a lighter lunch favoring a lower caloric intake and subsequent weight loss.
How do I have to consume it?
It dissolves in cold water allowing it to hydrate and then mixing until completely dissolved. To make it even easier, you can dilute it in a small amount of warm water and then add cold water or ice. It can also be diluted in a tea or mixed in yogurt.
Why are collagen products fortified with other supplements?
The most important value is given by the hydrolyzed collagen, but in order to further enhance its action, other vitamins and minerals that are important in the production of collagen are usually added, depending on the aspect that is sought to improve. Be it skin health, joint health, bone health, ligaments, etc.
What origin do our raw materials have?
At Suppler Labs we look for suppliers from all over the world, subjecting their supplies to the most rigorous quality controls, guaranteeing that only the best reaches your hands. Depending on the product we have Argentine, German and Belgian raw materials.