Rousselot: Hydrolyzed Collagen
Since ancient times, Hydrolyzed Collagen has been known to be beneficial for human health. Nearly ten centuries ago, abbess Saint Hildegarde von Bingem investigated animal tissue extracts and discovered that they were able to relieve joint pain symptoms. In traditional Asian cultures, collagen has long been acknowledged as a cosmetic product, helping to prevent skin ageing. Long before the current trend of nutraceuticals, the need for health and the quest for beauty has led to the interesting benefits of Hydrolyzed Collagen being recognized. And, if the word “collagen” used to be a technical term, heard only in disciplines such as medicine and physiology, the times they are a-changing; the superior properties of hydrolyzed collagen have attracted attention from a wide range of fields.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the animal kingdom and represents almost 30% of mammalian protein matter. There are at least 16 types of collagen, but 80–90% of the collagen in the body consists of types I, II and III, with type I being the most common. The various collagens and the structures they form all serve the same purpose — to help tissues withstand stretching. Collagen plays a major role in the structure of the body, as it is the chief component of connective tissues, bones and cartilage.
Hydrolyzed Collagens are primarily available as powders — ranging from fine particle sizes to dust-free agglomerated forms. However, and as expected, it is as a dust-free and ‘instant’ form that Hydrolyzed Collagen is most versatile and easy to use. The dust-free form exhibits excellent flow properties with no cohesion and clogging in pipes or hoppers. The instant form enables the collagen to disperse quickly when poured into cold, water-based solutions and rapidly dissolve.
This article is available in full in the Spring 2009 issue of Nutraceuticals Now