Hydrolyzed collagen refers to enzymatically or chemically processed collagen derived from marine life, though it can also be taken from bovine, ox, pig skin, and bone. It is water soluble and contains peptides like amino acids as well as glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and glutamic acid.
Hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin hydrolysates are similar and are used for bone and joint health purposes.
Hydrolyzed collagen is normally used to benefit nails and skin due to the presence of the amino acids. It is also used to regenerate cells for the body’s lean muscle mass, benefit arthritis, and even help the body burn off fat and enhance weight loss.
Though considered safe by medical studies and standards, it is advisable to first consult your personal physician before orally taking any hydrolyzed collagen as a supplement.
Topical Side Effects
Hydrolyzed collagen side effects from topical use may trigger dermatitis or inflammation of the skin. Initially, a mild rash may develop. Since dermatitis is an allergic reaction, the reaction may therefore depend on the person using the cream and doesn’t affect every user. Should allergic reactions persist, simply cease using the cream.
Before taking any supplement orally, you should check with your physician for any allergies to animal products. While marine collagen is very much safe, people might have allergic reactions to animal or plant hydrolyzed collagen. As usual, ceasing taking the oral supplements after allergic reactions is the best measure.
Caution with Chicken Collagen
Some hydrolyzed collagen supplements are now being made from chicken. While no studies yet show any bad effects from chicken based hydrolyzed collagen, other chicken based supplements aside from collagen have been known to cause mild cases of nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, drowsiness, skin reactions, and headache. People with known allergies to any animal meat products especially chicken should overall avoid taking this form of hydrolyzed collagen.
Other Medical Precautions
- Persons proven to have indications of negative reactions to any form of collagen should never attempt to take any orally or apply topically.
- Pregnant women and nursing mothers should completely avoid using any hydrolyzed collagen supplements.
- Those with liver failure and renal failure should first consult a physician before taking collagen supplements.
Hydrolyzed collagen side effects will therefore, only depend on who is taking the supplement and if all medical precautions have been heeded. Naturally, all supplements should be taken or applied following instructions and should not be abused in any way.