What Is Hydrolyzed Collagen?

by Lamonica Gomez ; Updated September 28, 2017

Hydrolyzed collagen is another multifunctional supplement, whose potential to improve ailments and address various physical concerns seems endless. It can be used to help with firming and toning the body and increasing energy levels for weight-loss plans. It also helps to firm and to fight against the aging process. Finally, hydrolyzed collagen is also said to benefit sleeping patterns.


Hydrolyzed collagen is often found in vitamin or nutritional supplements. It is essentially a gelatin made from the connective tissues in the body and helps to connect ligaments, tendons and joints. It also helps to keep skin supple and prevent it from wrinkling and sagging. As if that were not enough, it also helps to keep muscles smooth and firm. It incorporates 25 percent to 30 percent of the protein found in the human body. Although taken as a protein supplement by many, it is not considered an adequate replacement for needed protein found in foods such as fish, beef, poultry and whey protein because of its inadequate amount of amino acids, cysteine and methionine. However, as an addition to a well-balanced diet and exercise routine, it could improve muscle growth, joint flexibility and the skin's youthful appearance.

Weight Loss

Hydrolyzed collagen contains amino acids that trigger your body to increase muscle formation. More lean muscle on the body leads to a faster metabolic rate, which leads to a faster fat-burning rate. Since it eventually leads to fat burning, many advertising pitches imply that hydrolyzed collagen itself burns fat, which is not exactly the case.

Increased Energy

The fat burned from increased lean muscle on the body is converted into energy. As a result, many people feel increased energy throughout the day because their bodies are rapidly using fat as an energy source. The liver also processes hydrolyzed collagen as a complex carbohydrate, which balances blood sugar in the system and enhances energy levels.

Joint Relief

Hydrolyzed collagen, also often known as collagen protein, has hydroxyproline, an amino acid that helps to keep bones and connective tissue strong and flexible. It is believed that the hydroxyproline leads to an ease of joint pain by its ability to strengthen the connective tissue.


Hydrolyzed collagen, when taken regularly, is said to optimize hydration and firmness of the skin. It improves the elasticity of the skin, combating the body's natural reduction in collagen production. The collagen is underneath the dermis in tight bundles, similar to springs in a bed. As it decreases, the skin begins to sag and wrinkle. By replacing some of the collagen loss, skin will start to look more youthful.

Improved Sleep

Arginine is another important amino acid found in hydrolyzed collagen. Arginine is known to improve the depth of sleep, resulting in longer and continuous sleep patterns. There are many hydrolyzed collagen supplements on the market today. It can be found at many supermarkets and health food stores in the vitamin section.

About the Author

Lamonica Gomez is a recent graduate with a Masters in internal management from Portland State University and a Bachelors of Arts in journalism with minors in English and history from Texas A&M University. She has had professional experience writing marketing and public relations material for previous positions held. Gomez has been freelance writing for Demand Studio and Examiner websites since May 2009.