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Did you grow up eating Jell-O? How about soup made with leftover chicken scraps? Both of these foods have one thing in common — gelatin. And they're known to get rid of wrinkles, too.
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Gelatin is a group of proteins that can be dissolved in water. You get gelatin by breaking apart the sturdy collagen that you find in animal bones, cartilage, and skin.
Manufacturers usually “wash” collagen-rich skin and joint tissue with an extremely acidic or alkaline solution. They then heat it up to break apart the collagen and create gelatin. This is similar to homemade chicken soup, which begins with a pot of water, chicken bones, and a few tablespoons of an acidic medium — like vinegar.
Eventually, the collagen in the bones and joint tissue breaks down, and you’re left with a rich, restorative broth.
Once you have gelatin, you can further process it with enzymes — similar to digestion. You’re left with hydrolyzed collagen, or enzyme-treated collagen.1, 2
Hydrolyzed collagen contains bioactive peptides. A peptide is a string of amino acids that is too small to be called a protein. In the body, peptides are often signaling molecules. They play an important role in the hormonal system.
The peptides in hydrolyzed collagen are easy to digest and immediately affect your health.3
For example, the skin of pigs, cattle, and fish contain peptides that have been found to support healthy blood pressure. These same peptides (also found in fish cartilage, squid, and sea cucumbers) have even been isolated and used as an alternative to medications that control blood pressure.4 Because hydrolyzed collagen naturally supports healthy blood pressure, it also improves sleep. Indeed, insomnia and poor sleep have been linked to high blood pressure.5
Depending on where the collagen comes from and which enzymes are used to break the collagen bonds, enzyme-treated collagen has been found to:
All thanks to the bioactive peptides in hydrolyzed collagen.
Hydrolyzed collagen is easy to digest. The small peptides quickly move into the bloodstream and accumulate in the skin. Research shows that collagen peptides build up in the skin for up to four days after supplementation.7
Hydrolyzed collagen helps the skin out in a couple of ways.
First, it gives your skin the raw materials that it needs to regain elasticity. When your skin loses elasticity, it begins to droop and hang. Wrinkles form.
But what about age spots and damage caused by UV light? The peptides in hydrolyzed collagen also act as an antioxidant — protecting the skin against oxidative damage and stress.8
We have a simple, revitalizing recipe that can help you sleep better at night and get rid of wrinkles:
Stir ingredients together until fully dissolved before drinking. As a note: For those struggling to control Candida, hydrolyzed collagen is not recommended. Hydrolyzed collagen can bind with Candida yeast and form a buildup of oxalates in the body, which can be dangerous. If you have Candida, we recommend drinking meat broths instead of using hydrolyzed collagen as a supplement. And if you suspect you have symptoms of Candida overgrowth, you can gain insight into your health by taking our personalized Candida questionnaire.
Favorite childhood foods like Jell-O and homemade chicken soup may have more benefits than we first thought. Both foods contain gelatin, made when collagen in animal bones, cartilage, and skin is broken apart.
Gelatin can be further processed with enzymes to create hydrolyzed collagen. Hydrolyzed collagen contains bioactive peptides. These peptides are easy to digest and can immediately benefit your health.
Depending on the collagen and the enzymes, hydrolyzed collagen can help to lower blood pressure and improve sleep, provide antioxidant protection, and control harmful bacterial overgrowth that can cause skin infection and food poisoning. Hydrolyzed collagen also supports aging skin by increasing elasticity.
If you would like to improve your sleep and your skin, try this simple recipe:
Stir ingredients together and let rest for ½ hour before drinking.
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