Is Collagen Vegan?

The short answer is no, because it is derived mostly from animal sources.

Collagen is a protein that’s found predominantly in the nails, skin, hair, bones and ligaments of animals. So collagen supplements don’t quite adhere to a truly vegan diet,

Since vegan collagen is difficult to come by, the best option for those sticking to a vegan diet is to turn to supplements that help stimulate your body’s own collagen production. These products catalyze the body to produce more of its own collagen after the body has started to decrease its natural production (a process that usually begins after our mid 20s).

Below are supplements that mimic the benefits of animal collagen—providing glowing skin, stronger bones and nails and healthier hair—and that won’t interfere with your vegan lifestyle.

Garden of Life mykind Organics Plant Collagen Builder

mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and made only from organic plant foods. It helps to build the body’s own natural production of collagen.

Made from more than 30 real, nutritious, organic, family-farmed whole foods, with specifically chosen ingredients to help support the body’s own collagen production, Organic Plant Collagen Builder can help restore and maintain youthful levels of collagen, keratin and elastin—proteins that promote the body’s healthy, natural glow.

 

 

Natural Factors BioSil

Collagen is a fibrous protein that comes from fibroblasts, cells found in our connective tissue.  Researchers have discovered a way to trigger fibroblasts to produce more collagen with a natural compound called ch-OSA, or choline-stabilized OrthoSilicic acid. ch-OSA  is not actually collagen, instead it works by switching on the cells that make our body generate more of our own collagen.

BioSil, a daily supplement featuring ch-OSA, comes in two versions: liquid or micro-droplets of the liquid in capsule form. Both work the same way to generate collagen but allow you to choose the exact dosages for your specific needs. Natural Factors BioSil Beauty, Bones & Joints is ideal for those of us who want stronger bones; just 6 drops a day will boost collagen.

If you’re looking to achieve results like those in clinical trials for younger-looking skin and healthier hair and nails, choose the dosage found in Natural Factors BioSil Hair, Skin & Nails (one capsule taken two times a day).