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Different types of gelatin

Gelatin comes in two forms:

(1) Gelling and (2) non-gelling. Also known as food grade gelatin (gelling) and hydrolysed gelatin (non-gelling).

The difference between the two products is simple. They are processed differently to produce powders with varying sizes of molecules and structures so different areas of the body can be targeted.

Gelling gelatin – Food grade

Gelling gelatin – Food grade gelatin aids digestion and absorption in the gastrointestinal tract and it naturally binds to water assisting the flow in the digestive tract.

Gelatin is fantastic for the gastrointestinal system, it contains the protein keratin which assists the structural integrity of the gastrointestinal lining.

Non gelling gelatin – Hydrolysed collagen

Non gelling gelatin – Hydrolysed collagen has been broken down to a very fine particle making it readily available to the body. It doesn’t need to be digested, it gets absorbed straight through the small intestine and into the blood stream.


All our Gelatin Health powders are made from 100% collagen, therefore all our products will strengthen skin, hair and nails. While all powders can assist muscles and joints, our hydrolysed collagen products, have been specially designed to target the body in different ways. This has been done by using different enzymes in processing to isolate and capture different qualities of the collagen This is why there are different products as they target different complaints.

The technical differences explained:

We receive many phone calls and emails daily asking about the differences between the collagen products. We are especially asked how the products can be so different when the amino acid profile provides common information on each packet of different products. So please let us explain in a way that is easy to understand without all the science words and terminologies.

All the collagen products will have the same amino acid profile. And this is something that we want. A different amino acid profile does not make them into a different product. The difference comes from where the amino acid chain has been split. That is what makes each of the products individual. During the processing and manufacturing of our collagen products, different enzymes are utilised during the manufacturing process and this allows the amino acid chain to be split in different places. By splitting the amino acid chain in varied places this enables the product to be produced with different molecular weight, size and structure – therefore providing a different product to perform differently in the body. So, for example,

Joint Care collagen may be split between amino acid points 3 & 4 in the chain.
Muscle Repair collagen may be split between points 5 & 6
Our other collagen products will be split at other points such as 4 & 5, 7&8 and so on.

Here are some other examples / analogies’ .
When purchasing meat you could choose to purchase steak or mince. Essentially they are the same product but are processed differently allowing people to cook in different ways and make different meals.


It could be like mixing different colours. Red is still red but when you add yellow with it the colour changes to become orange. Try mixing blue with it then you have purple. But the red properties still remain.

Collagen is hydrolysed or broken-downgelatin and when you mix it with certain enzymes it creates a different product by splitting the amino acid chain at different points.

We hope this will help with the understanding of the differences and will allow an explanation to others who will enquire.

Of course, if you still have questions then please email us and we will do our best to assist.


Joint Care

Muscle & Joints is designed specifically to strengthen joint cartilage and tissue, reduce inflammation and pain. MUSCLE REPAIR – Protein Fortification is designed to increase muscle mass and repair damaged muscle.

Joint Care & Muscle Repair

The JOINT CARE and the MUSCLE REPAIR powders have been hydrolysed or broken down, so that they can be easily absorbed into the blood stream.


The results from each product are individual to a particular person.  Some people say that the DIGESTIVE HEALTH – Food Grade has helped relieve joint pain, whereas others have said that they have gained amazing results from the JOINT CARE or the MUSCLE REPAIR.  Dosage and product variations may be needed for optimum results.