You’re probably familiar with the term collagen and you might even associate collagen with marine or bovine ingredients. But did you know that you can now also get a plant-based alternative to collagen? We’ve just launched our brand new Vegan Collagen soft gel capsules that are designed to provide you with 100% plant-based ingredients to help support healthy collagen formation. Each of our capsules contain a blend of antioxidants including Vitamin E and Vitamin C, as well as key nutrients Zinc and Copper along with 11 amino acids. These nutrients are all essential for building and maintaining collagen levels for younger-looking skin.
To celebrate the release of our new plant-based collagen product, we’ve asked our plant-based nutrition expert to give us the lowdown on some of the most common questions we get asked about collagen!
Why is collagen important?
Firstly, let's clear up what collagen actually is...
Collagen is the general term given for a group of proteins that helps give a solid structure to our skin, hair, nails, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones. It’s actually the body’s most important structural protein in the body that acts as the “glue” that holds everything together! Thanks to collagen, our skin looks fresher, smoother and plumper (hello, beautiful skin).
What are the benefits of collagen?
In addition to providing strength and structure throughout the body, studies suggest that collagen can help prevent premature ageing of the skin, help maintain the health of our joints and relieve joint tension, can prevent bone loss, boost muscle mass and support athletic performance.
Can the body create its own collagen?
Yes! Your body can naturally produce its own collagen by breaking down proteins found in food into various amino acids, mainly proline, glycine and hydroxyproline.
If the body can produce collagen on its own, why do I need to supplement with it?
It’s all got to do with age! Whilst our bodies can naturally produce collagen on its own, our ability to produce collagen reduces as we age. Once we’re in our early-mid 20s, collagen production decreases by around 10% every 10 years- this partly explains why our skin goes from looking firmer to less elastic as we age. That’s why it’s important to take care of the skin from the inside to protect the quality of existing collagen and to encourage the production of new collagen.
How can Vegan Collagen help my collagen levels?
Our new plant-based collagen product makes an excellent choice for those looking to support healthy collagen formulation. Whilst it doesn’t actually contain any collagen itself (there are no vegan sources of actual collagen), the capsules provides you with the various ingredients needed to promote the formation of collagen within the body.