Vegan Collagen 101
As more and more people learn about our Collagen Beauty Drinks, we are met with various questions about Beaumore’s origin and practices.
One of the most often asked focuses on where our drinks fit in various dietary preferences, including veganism and vegetarianism. Our drinks are made with fish scales, therefore they do not fall under that umbrella.
If you would like a quick lesson on vegan/vegetarian collagen options, keep reading!
Is there such a thing as vegan collagen?
In short, no. Vegan collagen does not technically exist as collagen is a protein only synthesized by animal cells. Plants, on the other hand, are structurally composed of cellulose.
So what are vegan “collagen” supplements made of?
Vegan collagen is a blend of plant products that contain the amino acids present in collagen. Scientists create blends that mimic the natural ratios of amino acids in collagen to make the supplement effective.
If you follow a vegan diet and are looking for ways to get your collagen dose, the main ingredient to keep an eye on is proline (and/or hydroxyproline) which comprises up to 23% of collagen protein structure.
Does vegan collagen work?
It ultimately depends on the particular product you are using. Every brand contains its own blend of plant products and unique ratios of amino acids, so it’s all about choosing the best blend for you. Check out this vegan Collagen Booster!
Similar to animal collagen, vegan collagen aims to increase natural collagen production. When you ingest hydrolyzed collagen supplements, you are flooding your body with the amino acids that your cells need to synthesize their own collagen.
While amino acids in collagen already exist in appropriate ratios within animal collagen, you may have to work a bit harder to ingest adequate quantities of said amino acids from plant sources. Try incorporating a collagen boosting powder into your morning routine.
What are the options available to vegetarians/vegans?
The best way to reap the benefits of collagen without compromising your values is to maintain a diet high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C facilitates and supports natural collagen production, so having a diet loaded with citrus fruits and leafy greens will keep your collagen production pumping!
Additionally, supplementing your diet with glycine and proline improves collagen production, as they are the primary amino acids of the collagen protein. Glycine is easily found in high-protein food sources like meat or dairy products, although vegetarians and vegans alike will benefit from incorporating lots of beans and legumes into their meals.
Meanwhile, proline is also present in high doses in meat, but can be ingested through soy and its derivatives such as tofu, veggies including cabbage and cucumber, and surprisingly, peanuts!
Any questions after our quick Vegan Collagen 101 info session? Don’t hesitate to reach out on our social pages or Contact Us page! We’d love to get a conversation started.
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