Collagen is an extremely functional and valuable protein, with many perceived health benefits. The functionality of collagen can be further enhanced through hydrolysis by action of proteolytic enzymes for use in a wide number of applications.
Collagen is an extremely functional and valuable protein, with many perceived health benefits. In its abundance from animal sources, collagen is widely used to add value across a breadth of different applications.
Collagen is a complex protein made up of three chains of amino acids. This triple helix is the main structure of collagen giving it it’s fibrous quality for specific binding in its natural form. Native collagen is insoluble and so is limiting in its use in applications. Collagen extracted from skin and bones, known as gelatin or extracted collagen, has a much more versatile functionality and therefore greater suitability in food and pharmaceutical applications. The functionality of gelatin can be further enhanced through hydrolysis. Hydrolysing gelatin, or extracted collagen, is the process of breaking down this larger complex protein structure into smaller peptides and can be achieved by the action of proteolytic enzymes. The degree of hydrolysis achieved by the proteolytic enzymes will impact the size and hence, the functionality of the peptides generated.
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