Here’s everything for you to decide whether or not to choose plant-based collagen
Collagen is a vital structural protein that makes up our bodies' connective tissues, which is about a third of the protein in our bodies overall. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen.
Nowadays, collagen is available pre-mixed with coffee to help you start your day with a dose of it internally, as an anti-wrinkle day cream to apply on your face, or as pills to swallow.
In recent years, plant-based vegan collagen products have hit the market promising to be just as effective as animal collagen. Let’s find out all about them.
Plant-based collagens: what are they made of?
Collagen protein contains an array of amino acids, the precise combination of which cannot be found anywhere in nature. It’s the same as when bone broth began trending, and suddenly “vegan bone broth” recipes popped up everywhere.
Those broths don’t contain gelatin (the collagen protein in bone broth that makes it solidify when cold and is reparative for joints, bones, and skin), but rather assorted vitamins, amino acids, and minerals similar to some of the ones naturally found in the liquid left after boiling animal bones.
Plant-based collagen promoters are typically composed primarily of vitamin C. That’s because vitamin C is an antioxidant that human bodies utilize to create collagen. It’s an essential cofactor for two of the enzymes needed for collagen synthesis.
Plant-based collagen products: do they actually work?
Vegan collagen promoters are effective but to an extent. As vitamin C is the main ingredient in these products, it’s safe to rely on the study results of vitamin C in relation to collagen production.
The main message from that is positive, though not emphatic: “Overall, these studies provide evidence that vitamin C may be effective in promoting collagen synthesis in vivo, although further clinical studies are needed to strengthen the implications for postoperative vitamin C supplementation.”