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Is there such thing as vegan collagen?

Many of my clients are vegan or vegetarian, and I get asked about this a lot, so just getting the info out there – Vitamin C ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‹ is what you’ll find as the main ‘active’ ingredient in most ‘vegan collagen products. If there is a form of protein in the ingredients, it is usually a pea-protein or other plant-based protein.โ โ 
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๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ, and is a protein found mostly in joints and skin. At this point, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ. There is some research into extracts from seaweed, but nothing on the market yet. โ โ 

While you can get most of the amino acids found in collagen in other protein sources (animal & plant-based), the abundance of glycine (Gly), hydroxyproline (Hyp), proline (Pro), and alanine (Ala) is what makes collagen special.ย  Also, keep in mind that hydroxyproline is an amino acid that isnโ€™t found in other proteins. It is only found in collagen.ย 
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Vegan collagen products are actually aimed at amping up your vitamins and antioxidants to help your body’s own production of collagen and don’t actually contain collagen themselves.โ โ โ 
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๐‹๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐ .

Make sure you read the fine print. You will often find “vegan collagen" in big bold letters and then the word “builder" drifting somewhere underneath. for my vegan/veg friends, my recommendation is to take a good quality vitamin C rather than spending extra money on collagen-building powders.โ โ 
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Nutrients that can help with collagen production: โ โ 
โ€ข Vitamin C – Citrus foods and peppers are a great sourceโ โ .
โ€ข Zinc – Sprouted pumpkin seeds are great!โ โ 
โ€ข Aloe Vera – Buy fresh, cut & freeze, pop into smoothies!โ โ 
โ€ข Antioxidants – Green tea is my choice here!โ โ 

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