Hydrolyzed Collagen vs Amino Acids: Which Works Better?

  • By RenewAlliance, Inc.
  • 02 Sep, 2016

We did the research and compiled the results for you. Keep reading and find out which is the winner. 

Anyone who’s interested in maintaining a youthful complexion and reducing wrinkles has likely heard of collagen supplements. Collagen is a protein that serves as a key building block in connective animal tissue. It is the most abundant protein in the human body.

The dermis, or inner layer of the skin, is made up of mostly collagen, which gives the skin its resilience, strength, and texture. Aging leads to the breakdown of collagen, causing wrinkles, sagging skin, and rough texture. By the time we reach 30 years of age, we stop producing collagen and our body loses collagen at a rate of 1-2% each year.

There are two types of supplements that stimulate collagen growth for skin: collagen builders consisting of key essential amino acids and ingestible hydrolyzed collagen.


Collagen Builder - Stimulating Collagen Synthesis with Amino Acids

Collagen builders, or amino acids, are purported to support collagen production and help maintain moisture. They contain amino acids that supply nutrients to the skin, hair, and nails while strengthening connective tissue. Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins.  

Taking amino acid supplements to build collagen is cheaper than taking collagen supplements, but hydrolyzed collagen supplements are more effective at restoring collagen because they contain the complete concentrations and ratios of amino acids needed to build a complete collagen molecule chain.

What Is In A Collagen Molecule?

A collagen molecule is made up of 20 amino acids that are bound together in a helix chain. Collagen is composed of a triple helix, generally consisting of two identical chains and a third chain with a slightly different composition.  

Collagen is predominantly made up of the amino acids Glycine, Proline, and Hydroxyproline , which together represent about 50% of total amino acid content. Made from fish skin, hydrolyzed marine collagen peptides contain a higher concentration of hydroxyproline than other types of collagen. Hydroxyproline peptides stimulate cells in the skin, bones, and joints, leading to collagen synthesis.
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Replenish Lost Collagen with a Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen Supplement

Many companies have hopped onto the collagen bandwagon, so there are a number of different collagen drinks and collagen supplements out there to choose from. Not all of these collagen supplements are necessarily effective; however collagen supplements that contain hydrolyzed collagen from marine sources have been  proven to play a protective role in skin aging .

In their natural, unhydrolyzed state, collagen molecules are quite large and thus not effectively absorbed by the intestine. The process of hydrolysis breaks collagen down into small molecular fragments to enhance absorption, also known as collagen peptides.

Marine collagen peptides  are preferable to bovine, porcine, or chicken collagen because they have a  high concentration of amino acids that stimulate collagen synthesis .

When ingested, hydrolyzed collagen reaches the small intestine and then is absorbed into the bloodstream in the form of small collagen peptides and free amino acids. These collagen peptides and free amino acids are then  distributed to the dermis . The free amino acids provide building blocks for the formation of collagen and elastin fibers.

You need up to 18 different amino acids in the right quantities and ratio to create a collagen molecule. Collagen builders made with different amino acids typically only contain glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline, but not in their complete ratios and concentrations. They also lack other minor but important amino acids necessary to construct a complete collagen molecule helix chain. Hence, in comparison, Hydrolyzed Collagen is more effective  because it is already a complete molecule chain and smaller size,  contains the complete amino acid sequence and can be absorbed and transported to the dermis of the skin.

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As we age, the level of amino acids in our bodies diminishes, so taking a collagen builder with amino acids can be beneficial. However, if you want to achieve visible and effective results and take years off of your appearance, minimize wrinkles, and tone sagging skin, look for supplements that contain a high concentration of ingestible marine hydrolyzed collagen. Learn 7 tips to buy the best collagen supplement for skin. 

Taut® Premium Collagen Replenishment formula  contains 13,000mg of hydrolyzed marine collagen. This powerful dosage improves skin firmness and radiance while diminishing wrinkles. Most luxurious, powerful, and effective for youthful radiant skin. You will start to see a transformation in your skin after drinking just one bottle every night for 21 days. Featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, New Beauty and many more. Loved by millions of women. 

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By RenewAlliance, Inc. 22 Mar, 2017
Bye-bye Botox. The new beauty secret on everyone’s lips right now is collagen. There’s always been pressure to be ageless in Hollywood, but today’s celebrities are nixing the usual topical remedies and invasive treatments in favor of collagen of the consumable variety. Collagen drinks have been popular in Japan for years, but they have started generating more buzz among women in the rest of the world, including the rich and famous.

What does it take to achieve glamorous looks and a youthful complexion worthy of the red carpet? Celebrities often have access to a team of hair and makeup pros who can glam them up at a moment’s notice, but they also cling to their fair share of anti-aging beauty secrets – collagen drinks being one of them.

The likes of Drew Barrymore, Lady Gaga, and the Kardashian sisters swear by these nutrient-rich beauty drinks. Below are some of the reasons why more and more celebrities are incorporating collagen drinks into their routine.

1.   Repair, strengthen, and rejuvenate skin with collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is a major structural protein, making up about 75% of our skin. Skin with healthy collagen levels looks smooth, plump, and youthful. After the age of 25, however, collagen production slows and you start to lose approximately 1.5% of your collagen each year. The breakdown of collagen causes the skin to get thinner and leads to the formation of wrinkles.

Collagen gives the skin its strength and smooth appearance, so it’s crucial to protect and promote collagen growth. The active collagen fragments in collagen drinks are absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body and to the skin. Skin cells called fibroblasts produce collagen. 

Collagen drinks containing hydrolyzed collagen promote collagen synthesis by stimulating these fibroblasts to produce new collagen. Clinical studies shows ingesting 10,000mg a day for a period of 8 weeks help to increase skin thickness and collagen density, reduce wrinkles. See Clinical studies.


2.   Hydrolyzed collagen can be absorbed into the bloodstream, and stay in the dermis of our skin

In their natural state, collagen molecules are too big to penetrate the skin’s surface, so the effectiveness of many topical collagen products is limited. Collagen molecules are also too large for your body to absorb when ingested. The process of hydrolysis breaks collagen down into fragments that are small enough for your digestive enzymes to break down completely. Hydrolyzed collagen consists of small peptides with low molecular weight that are easily digested, absorbed, and distributed throughout the body.

 While traditional collagen serums only penetrate the top layer of the skin, hydrolyzed collagen is more easily absorbed by the body and can thus boost collagen in the deeper layers of the skin. A 1999 study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatology showed that orally administered hydrolyzed collagen was digested and more than 90% of it was absorbed within 6 hours, with measurable accumulation in the skin and cartilage.


3.   Collagen drinks are better than powder or pills

Collagen supplements come in all forms, including tablets, capsules, chewables, softgels, powders, and even marshmallows. The problem with collagen pills and powders is that they could pass through your digestive system without being broken down. Pills are also hard for some people to swallow. Moreover, they typically contain fillers, binders, stabilizers, and chelating agents, making them less potent than liquid supplements.

The secret to success with collagen supplementation is taking collagen in liquid form. Collagen drinks are absorbed into your bloodstream faster than other supplements because the collagen is already dissolved in the liquid. Collagen drinks are also a lot more convenient than pills and powders. They come ready-made in small bottles that you can easily carry in your purse, so you can drink them on the go. No messes or mixing necessary.  Additionally, collagen drinks are a lot more potent than other collagen supplements, so you can get a higher dose of collagen.


4.   The higher the potency, the better

While there is no recommended daily allowance for collagen, high-end supplements typically contain more than 5,000mg of collagen. For maximum results, drinking a collagen supplement with at least 7,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen is recommended. Anything less than that simply isn’t potent enough. LAC Taut® Premium Collagen drink contains 13,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen per 1.7oz bottle,  which is two to six times the concentration of other collagen drink brands.


5.   There’s more to collagen drink benefits than meets the eye

In the first few weeks of taking a liquid collagen supplement, you might not notice any physical differences in your skin, but skin readings would suggest otherwise. Skin graphs showing the facial images of a 60 year old woman who drank one bottle of LAC Taut® Premium Collagen every night for the first 8 nights and then every other night after that showed a noticeable increase in skin thickness and hydration levels after just four weeks.

Drinking high-potency marine hydrolyzed collagen is also shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Several controlled clinical studies have been performed that prove the efficacy and benefits of collagen peptides in the reduction of wrinkles. A study conducted by Rousselot SAS France showed a 30% decrease in the formation of deep wrinkles after supplementation with 10g of hydrolyzed collagen. In another study published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging, daily supplementation with 1g of hydrolyzed collagen for 12 weeks led to a significant reduction in skin dryness and wrinkles. The authors of the study suggested that dietary supplementation with hydrolyzed collagen can physiologically counteract natural and photo-aging processes. Hydrolyzed collagen is an important weapon in the fight against wrinkles and aging skin.


So the question is "Can we drink our wrinkles away?"

Yes we can! 

Drink Your Way to Firmer Younger-Looking Skin with Taut® Collagen

LAC Taut® Premium Collagen drink contains 13,000mg marine hydrolyzed collagen with active ingredients that work together synergistically to make your skin look younger and healthier while boosting hydration and elasticity. In addition to hydrolyzed marine collagen, LAC Taut® Premium Collagen contains key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, Vitamin C, and Co10. The drink contains collagen peptides that can be readily absorbed and penetrate the dermis layer of the skin to produce new collagen. Drink one bottle a day for three weeks to see the most intense, visible results.

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By RenewAlliance, Inc. 07 Mar, 2017

Collagen masks have been popular in East Asia for years, but they’re starting to receive recognition around the globe. Made with cloth drenched in hydrolyzed collagen and other anti-aging ingredients, collagen masks are like super food for your face. By using them on a regular basis, you can make your skin smooth and supple while reducing the signs of aging, all in a matter of minutes.

There are a number of ways to increase your skin’s collagen production, but one of the most convenient and effective way is by using a collagen mask. Applying the mask is quick and easy, but the benefits are immense.

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By RenewAlliance, Inc. 01 Mar, 2017

Collagen supplements and skincare products derive collagen from four main sources: bovine (cows), porcine (pigs), chicken collagen and fish (marine) collagen. Bovine, porcine and chicken collagen are cheaper and more common than fish (marine) collagen.

Collagen from cows, pigs and chickens are extracted from their skin, tendons and cartilage. They are mainly Type II collagen (for joints and tendons) and very little Type I.

Fish collagen, also known as ‘ marine collagen ’, is extracted from either the meat or scales of cold sea fish and is primarily Type I and Type III collagen. 

Fish collagen has been shown to have superior “ bioavailability ”: the rate at which it is absorbed into the blood stream through our intestinal wall.  This means that fish (marine) collagen enters the bloodstream more quickly than other types of collagen, so it is the best source of collagen for your skin. 

In fact, fish (marine) collagen is up to 1.5 times more absorbent than bovine, porcine or chicken collagen, because of its optimum (low) molecular weight. Fish (marine) collagen is also the right type of collagen (Type I&III) needed for the building blocks of our skin. 

Because Marine Collagen is extracted from fish, it is free from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) (“ Mad Cow Disease ”), Hoof-and-Mouth disease and Bird Viruses.
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