Collagen is the buzz word in the beauty industry and it’s something that every body wants, whether its marine collagen, bovine or chicken we all have our favourites. But what options are there for those who choose not to eat animal products. Is there a vegan collagen supplement that can give skin firming benefits?
The good news is that you don’t have to eat animal products to get youth-boosting benefits, there is now a vegan collagen substitute available.
What is collagen?
Why has this protein become the wonder potion for everything from skin, nails and hair to joints, bones and digestion?
Collagen is a major component of all connective tissues including fascia, skin, muscles ligaments and tendons, even our bones. It provides the structure to support our body. The word ‘colla’ comes from the Greek word for glue.
Collagen is made up of amino acid proteins, the two most abundant ones are glycine and proline. Vitamin C is essential in the role of combining these amino acid proteins in the correct structure. Zinc and copper maximise the function of antioxidants including vitamin C leading to enhanced production of collagen and elastin.
However as with all good things once we reach the age of 25 the level of collagen diminishes every year by as much as 1 1/2 %.
Is there a vegan collagen alternative?
Collagen actually comes from the skin and flesh of meat, fish or eggs and if you choose not to eat animal products, you might be asking yourself how you can support your collagen levels. Up until now there hasn’t been a vegan collagen protein powder available to the market. However, our years of working with collagen supplements and amino acid proteins have led us to some exciting discoveries in vegan collagen peptide boosting ingredients.
Botani-col®: The Vegan Collagen Supplement
These exciting developments have led to the formulation of Rejuvenated’s vegan collagen boosting powder, Botani-col®. Company founder, Kathryn Danzey, commented; ‘We have many customers who are vegan and we set out 3 years ago to create a collagen stimulating product to suit their diets. We are delighted to have produced a complex with the potential to have many applications from a vegan collagen forming creams, pills, drinks and even for use in dressings for wounds.’
This formula has a patent pending and has already received much attention as a break through in science, offering the benefits of conventional collagen to those who choose a plant based diet. It has now been added to our hugely popular release: Skin Perfecting Complex.
What are the health benefits of collagen?
There is mounting evidence to show that the benefits of collagen go much further than skin deep. As the most abundant protein in our body it plays a part at every level:
Supporting fascia our body’s intricate support network.
Fascia is the framework of our body and forms a sheath around every organ and bone, it’s even forms the lower most part of our skin. Fascia is made up of collagen and plays an important part of our flexibility and strength.
Healing and wound repair
From the moment we injure ourselves collagen sets to work to repair the wound. Collagen along with other connective tissues work together to pull the cells and reduce the size of the wound. Once the site has healed over then collagen continues to work on remodelling and smoothing scar tissue.
Why does collagen play a crucial part in wound healing?
Supports healthy skin, hair and nails
For many years’ collagen creams have been on the market, however evidence shows that the collagen molecule in a cream is too large to be absorbed by the skin.
Collagen supplements are backed by many clinical trials and studies have shown that taking a good quality high potency supplement can indeed help to promote skin elasticity, promote hair and nail growth and improve overall collagen levels.
A combination of stress and poor diet choices can lead to an inflamed digestive system which can lead to undigested food and toxins leaking through the gut wall and into the blood stream. Supplementing with a collagen powder can help to soothe and repair the intestinal tract.
Supports cardiovascular health.
Collagen provides structure to our arteries and without enough collagen blood vessels may become weak and fragile. Researchers are studying the theory that taking a collagen supplement may help to reduce the risk of heart-related conditions.
Collagen helps to maintain the integrity of cartilage and bone health. In one study a group of athletes who consumed 10 grams of collagen daily for 24 weeks experienced a significant decrease in joint pain.
Collagen is a protein and helps to increase satiety levels. Taking a collagen powder can keep you to stay fuller for longer and reduce hunger hormones.
What is the best vegan collagen protein?
As collagen is from animals we can’t strictly say that there is a vegan collagen available, but the patent pending formula Botani-col® combines vegan amino acid proteins in the exact relationship of those in animal based products. The first product to be released using this ingredient will be Rejuvenated’s Clear skin formula incorporating Botani-col with skin calming botanicals and good bacteria to support natural beauty from within.
Read everything you need to know about Skin Perfecting Complex, our latest vegan collagen formula superstar for clearer skin.