Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. In fact, it’s the second most plentiful substance in our bodies (after water.) It’s found in our skin, muscles, blood vessels, bones, and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity. It’s literally what holds our bodies together.
At around age 25 our bodies see a natural decline in the production of collagen. This is one of the biggest factors in human aging and is responsible for stuff like wrinkles, joint pains, and digestive problems.
So what is Hydrolyzed Collagen?
Hydrolyzed collagen is a water-soluble powder made from the bones, skin, and connective tissue of animals. This powder can be added to hot or cold beverages to supplement the collagen that our bodies naturally produce. Hydrolized collagen is the most bio-available form of supplemental collagen, meaning that it is the best way for us to absorb the collagen and actually get all of the benefits of it. Daily intake of this supplement is known to soften skin, decrease stretch marks and scars, reduce cellulite, and help hair and nails grow faster and stronger.
All forms of collagen are good for your health but hydrolyzed collagen has a 90% absorption rate because it has a low molecular weight that is easily absorbed by the digestive tract. When you compare this to the 28% absorption rate from foods such as bone broth it’s obvious that hydrolyzed collagen is the way to go.
Hydrolized Collagen is also called:
Here I will review Great Lakes Gelatin’s Collagen Hydrolysate
- Builds connective tissue in hair, skin, and nails
- Boosts metabolism
- Bio-active product containing 90 percent protein
- Helps heal leaky-gut
- Repairs joints
- Slows aging
- Rapid absorption
- Will dissolve in cold, warm, or hot liquids
- Rich in glycene needed to build and repair healthy DNA and RNA
- Flavorless and odorless
- 11 grams of protein per serving
This is a reliable brand and a simple quality product that gives the consumer full transparency for what is in the product. The container has a detailed list of the product’s amino acid content. Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate is manufactured and packaged in the USA under strict sanitary conditions that meet specifications outlined by the U.S. Pharmacopeia. The gelatin is tested for gel strength, viscosity, pH, and moistureand lab results are listed plainly on the packaging making me feel like a kitchen scientist and also giving me good information to research.
This product contains enough protein to boost muscle mass when weight training without having to take whey (which makes my husband gassy.) It’s not totally flavorless so I haven’t been putting it in plain water but it hides completely in anything with a flavor so it’s excellent in smoothies, coffee, teas, and juice.
Personally, I noticed a definite improvement in my skin and hair by the second week that I was taking this supplement. My facial skin has never been this soft and smooth before, and I haven’t changed anything about my skincare routine. I started getting so many compliments about my skin that my husband has since also started taking the hydrolized collagen every day. We gave it to an acne-prone nephew who was having joint pain due to and his skin cleared up, even though that wasn’t what we were hoping it would help with.
After a few months of daily supplementation with this product I can honestly say my back and knee pain have improved (though I cannot prove this is what did it) and I even seem to have less gray hair than before.
I was introduced to the wonders of supplementing with collagen by Dr. Rhonda Patrick, an anti-aging and anti-cancer PhD researcher who publishes phenomenal web-content for those who are really into diet and nutrition. She’s basically my hero. This is not some old wives tale circulated by hippies and naturopaths on the internet this product is the real deal.
These packages do not come with their own scoop, so we have a dedicated tablespoon measurer for it. But honestly we go through so many of these that it would be wasteful to keep throwing scoops away like this. Also, you need vitamin C to absorb collagen hydrolisate and this product does not add it. But we get plenty of vitamin C from our diets, and too much can actually be bad for your kidneys, so I actually prefer that the C be left out of it. I just thought I would mention it because it’s something that this brand does differently from some of the more expensive ones.
As long as I can afford it I am going to take Great lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate every. single. day. Tim Ferris, Dr. Rhonda Patrick, and Jennifer Anniston are not wrong on this one.