Great Lakes Gelatin and Collagen Hydrolysate offer very similar nutritional benefits. They are especially high in glycine, lysine and proline, all of which support the health and function of hair, skin, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and the robust growth of new cells. High glycine levels may also assist the liver in dealing with toxic substances – unavoidable in our modern life! Because it is more readily absorbed, hydrolysated collagen may be especially useful for repairing and rebuilding connective tissue and replacing the synovial fluids between joints - particularly helpful for athletes, enthusiastic gym-goers and those with connective tissue disorders.
One of the most common questions we’re asked is ‘What is the difference between Great Lakes Gelatin and Collagen Hydrolysate?’
Gelatin (sold in the red container) is produced from raw collagen using several cleansing and purification steps in manufacture. It congeals the liquids it is added to which can be used to great culinary advantage in the creation of sauces, sweet jellies and puddings and to enrich homemade bone broths and stocks. It will thicken when mixed with liquid.
Collagen hydrolysate (sold in the green container) is prepared by either heating or enzymatically treating collagen in order to reduce its molecular weight, thus limiting it’s ability to congeal. This means that the product simply dissolves and can be mixed into any hot or cold foods or drinks of your choice without affecting their texture. It is also tasteless, so goodness can be undetectably added to the glasses and bowls of children and fussy eaters! Collagen hydrolysate tends to have a faster assimilation and greater effect in improving hydration to connective tissue in comparison to gelatin. It is also slightly easier to digest, perfect for those healing the gut.
So, how to choose between the two?
We see a place for both gelatin and collagen hydrolysate in the pantry! Gelatin has a prime place in the preparation and cooking of wonderfully nourishing foods, while collagen hydrolysate can be quickly added to smoothies, juices, teas, cereals etc… to reap its benefits. Since the ideal dosage of gelatin, hydrolysated collagen or the two combined is a minimum of 2 tablespoons daily, keeping both allows for increased options and ease of use.
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