Collagen Supplements are everywhere, and wellness-conscious people are raving about their benefits. Vegans have largely been left out of this conversation, but luckily recently many brands have started bridging that gap and offering vegan collagen products.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is responsible for bone and joints health, your skin, hair, and nails. With age, this protein naturally starts to diminish, causing saggy and wrinkly skin, as well as weaker cartilage in your knees, for example. This is where collagen supplements come in. They aim to replace these proteins and thereby many users are largely reporting improved elasticity and overall health in their skin, as well as a reduction in cellulite.
Four types of collagen are most relevant for your health concerns; Type I is the collagen type that can be found the most in your body. In fact, up to 90% of your body’s collagen is type I collagen. These fibres can be found in the skin, bones, blood vessel walls, as well as your connective tissue. Type I collagen is mostly known for its anti-aging properties. Marine and bovine collagen supplements are considered type I.
What is Vegan Collagen?
So far, bovine and marine have dominated the market, because the peptides are very similar, if not identical to the collagen peptides your body produces. Some brands have released vegan collagen boosters, which contain ingredients, such as Vitamin C, Zinc, or antioxidants, that are known to boost and support collagen production. Additionally, vegan collagen also tends to contain probiotics, as skin health is tightly linked to gut health – called the gut-skin axis).
The Beauty Chef Collagen Boost is one of our most popular collagen boosters. It boosts your collagen production and plumps the skin from within, with bio-fermeted goji berry, grape seed extract, zinc and vitamin C.
Ancient and Brave were the first UK-based brand that has formulated a vegan collagen that is an actual alternative to hydrolysed peptides. They are imitating the amino acids that are part of the collagen protein.
You can choose between three versions and flavours of the vegan collagen.
Ancient and Brave Naked Collagyn is a neutral-tasting collagen supplement for your body, formulated to support normal collagen formation and renewal.
Ancient and Brave Inspired Collagyn is an Ayurvedic inspired blend, formulated to support cognitive function and optimal daily wellbeing.
Ancient and Brave Radiant Collagyn is berry-flavoured and formulated to nourish your skin and general wellbeing from within by protecting your cells from oxidative stress.
Does Vegan Collagen work?
Our team have tried out various vegan collagen products and we are convinced of their efficacy! The Ancient and Brave Radiant Collagyn works perfectly in a morning smoothie and is a great source of vegan protein. We noticed a change in overall energy, smoother skin, and less hair breakage.
The Beauty Chef Collagen Boost is great for people who prefer liquid supplements, as there are no capsules to swallow or powders that don’t dilute properly. Here we definitely noticed smoother skin and a reduction in acne outbreaks.
Is vegan collagen better than conventional collagen?
With a rise in plant-based diets and vegan lifestyles, more and more people are looking to exclude animal products from their diet. However, is the vegan version as good as bovine or marine collagen? Given the novelty of vegan collagen, there haven’t been as many studies on it as there have been on conventional collagen products. Therefore we largely depend on people’s experiences to determine the overall effect of them for now. Products like the Ancient and Brave Collagyn range are very promising, as they contain all the collagen-specific amino acids, hence should work exactly the same as a bovine or marine collagen supplement.
Both vegan collagen and vegan collagen boosters contain beneficial ingredients, so even if you don’t see a difference straight away, at least you know you’re still nourishing your body.
The key to any supplement is to be consistent and to stick with it for at least 30 days. Have you tried vegan collagen already? What have you noticed in your body?