Hydrolyzed collagen is a structural protein produced by hydrolysis of collagen found in connective tissue, skin, tendons, bones, cartilage, and other body parts. It supports tissues structurally and is involved in cellular functions such as tissue healing, immunological response, cellular communication, and cellular migration. Collagen is generally obtained from bovine connective tissues or marine sources. It has many applications across multiple end-use industries, including food & beverages, pharmaceuticals & nutraceuticals, and personal care. In the food & beverages industry, hydrolyzed collagen is used in yogurts, confectioneries, nutritional bars, ready-to-drink beverages, and others. Hydrolyzed collagen-induced foods and beverages enhance protein levels in the body; moreover, they help repair skin texture, improve bone and muscle health, and strengthen joints. Rising awareness regarding the health benefits of hydrolyzed collagen among customers is driving the demand for hydrolyzed collagen-induced foods and beverages.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, 5 g of collagen peptide per day in postmenopausal women can raise bone mineral density (BMD) and enhance bone formation. This can significantly reduce their risk of osteoporosis. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, ~5.2% of the UK population was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2019. Furthermore, Asia will likely account for over half of the total osteoporotic hip fracture count reported worldwide by 2050. Rising research studies over the effectiveness of hydrolyzed collagen on osteoporosis is expected to boost the market growth among the target audience.
Hydrolyzed collagen is becoming increasingly popular across the nutraceutical industry. They are used to manufacture dietary supplements and protein powders. In the past few years, the demand for dietary supplements has increased dramatically due to increasing consumer preference for products boosting physical strength and fitness. Hydrolyzed collagen is easy to digest and can slow down a body’s aging process, if consumed regularly. Manufacturers are launching a wide range of hydrolyzed collagen supplements. For instance, in November 2020, Life Extension, a US-based company, launched a new hydrolyzed collagen supplement for skin and joint health. There is a vast availability of various hydrolyzed collagen supplements and powders in retail stores. Moreover, hydrolyzed collagen is used in sports nutrition products to maintain joint and bone health.
A few players operating in the global hydrolyzed collagen market are Ewald-Gelatine GmbH, GELITA AG, Rousselot BV, Nitta Gelatin Inc, Protein SA, ConnOils LLC, Norland Products Inc, Tessenderlo Group NV, Titan Biotech Ltd, and Viscofan DE GmbH among few others.