Collagen is within our bones, joints, nails, hair, skin, muscles and ligaments. It is derived mostly from animal sources including fish, meat and chicken. It is the extraction of collagen from these sources that can give us powdered collagen.
Collagen requires the composition of several amino acids to actually make up collagen. No plant source has a specific blend of amino acids to be able to mirror the components of collagen.
Even though there is not a complete collagen protein available in the plant world, there is now available a patent-pending vegan blend of amino acids to offer these benefits to non-meat and fish eaters. Botani-col® has been formulated from plant-based amino acids in the same ratio as collagen from conventional sources. This makes it a great vegan substitute for collagen.
The first product that it has been included in is Skin Perfecting Complex by Rejuvenated Ltd.
The amino acid blend is combined with skin calming ingredients to boost collagen levels and promote a more even complexion. Skin Perfecting Complex also contains vitamin C and zinc, that the body needs to stimulate collagen production. Reviews of this product have been very positive from those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
There are no complete studies to show the effectiveness of plant sources of collagen at this time. As the numbers who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet is increasing then this is an area that science will be looking closely at.
Currently, the most effective trials have been shown in high potency hydrolysed marine collagen supplements but these aren’t vegan. They are generally supplied in powder form and mixed into a beverage, one such award-winning supplement is Collagen Shots. It contains 10,000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, copper, zinc and açai berry.
At this time products offering plant-based amino acids are in capsule form so don’t offer the same volume of ingredient. However, they serve well as a vegan alternative for collagen to help you achieve glowing skin.
There is no one plant which contains the complete amino acid blend to create collagen, it is a very difficult procedure to combine the amino acids into the same ratio as those found in animal and fish proteins. Rejuvenated have achieved this with Botanicol, a patent pending formula.
Collagen synthesis is an intricate process, and it requires a number of nutrients to boost collagen levels within the body. Although there is no single food source of vegan collagen, some plants do contain specific amino acids which contribute to its formation.
Combining certain plants can potentially provide the building blocks to stimulate collagen synthesis, however it is difficult to ensure that you get a complete blend of ingredients.
To help get a collagen boost on a vegan diet you can try: