Hydrolysate vs Peptides: What’s the Difference?

Hydrolysate vs Peptides: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to collagen, you may have heard it described in different terms: Collagen ‘Hydrolysate’ and Collagen ‘Peptides.’

What’s the difference? Great question! Besides one being easier to say and spell, there is no difference! Hydrolysate and Peptides are synonyms and can be used interchangeably. 

At Great Lakes Wellness, you’ll see both terms used. When we gave our packaging a refresh in 2021, we updated it to include ‘Peptides’ instead of ‘Hydrolysate.’ While the terminology changed, the product inside is still the same high-quality collagen with the same manufacturing process used since we offered the first Collagen Hydrolysate powder to US consumers in 2010.

Hydrolyzed vs Peptides


What is Hydrolyzation and why the need for it?

In its unhydrolyzed form, collagen is too large to cross the intestinal wall and can be difficult to break down during digestion. The hydrolyzation process—enzymatically adding a water molecule across the peptide bond—breaks down the collagen protein’s amino acid chains. These smaller protein chains resulting from hydrolysis are referred to as collagen peptides. This enables our bodies to absorb the nutrients, leading to healthier hair, skin, nails, and joints when consumed regularly*.


Hydrolyzed Collagen Molecule


Great Lakes Wellness Collagen Hydrolysate / Peptides (see what we did there?!) is sourced from the hide of bovine. Our collagen powder contains over 90% protein and a distinctive amino acid group that are broken down further into peptides, dipeptides, and tripeptides making it easily dissolvable in hot and cold liquids as well as easily digested by the body. Making it a perfect addition to your coffee, tea, smoothies, yogurt and more!

GLW Collagen Smoothie Bowl

So, when you hear the terms Collagen Hydrolysate, Collagen Peptides, and Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides, rest assured there is no difference. Visit each of our product pages for the full amino acid profile. 

Amino Acid Profile of GLW Unflavored Collagen

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