Nutrition Integrated discusses ‘vegan collagen’

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and forms our hair, skin, nails and connective tissue. But it decreases with age, which can increase the risk of joint and/or bone health, whilst in the context of ‘inner beauty’ is associated with increased frequency of wrinkles and several other skin metrics.

It is also widely promoted that if we consume collagen, it can support collagen re-synthesis and slow the rate of decline.

It, therefore, doesn’t take a genius to imagine that lots of consumers want to move better (or without restriction and/or pain). Whilst perhaps of greater commercial interest, they want to look (and feel) better too.

The emergence of Vegan Collagen

It was never going to be long before there was a demand for plant-based alternatives to collagen. The sentiment that “plants are healthier” is a macro trend, whilst there are many vegans and/or flexitarians looking for suitable choices.

As a result, there is a growing number of plant-based alternatives available on the market – we are tracking over 50 at last count.

If you weren’t aware of these products, check out: Feel​, Dr Lewwin’s​, Bulk,​ and Revive​. These four products are good examples of brands using a ‘biomimetic’ or amino acid-matched formulation.

There is also a second group of products best described as ‘collagen boosters’. These products include plant-based ingredients shown or linked to boosting collagen synthesis but don’t try to match the amino acid structure per se.

Good examples of collagen boosters are: Golde​, Vivo Life​ and CNP​

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