The Other Collagen – Is Vegan for You?

We all know about the importance of collagen. It is responsible for healthy maintenance of our skin, hair, bones, teeth, tissue formation, muscles, cartilage… is vital to our health. It is the most abundant protein in our body. It comprises three quarters of your skin and a third of the protein in your body.

Collagen is produced naturally by combining amino acids that are found in your food. You are what you eat!  To produce collagen, your body needs some basic things. Like:

Proline – an amino acid found in foods like egg whites, mushrooms and asparagus.

Glycine: – an amino acid found in pork skin, chicken skin, and gelatin.

Vitamin C – found in oranges, kakadu plum, bell peppers

Zinc – an essential mineral,  found in beef, pork, shellfish, beans, milk, cheese, nuts and seeds.

As we age, collagen breaks down and is harder to maintain. At what age does this happen?

At around age 25, collagen starts to decline by 1-2% per year. By age 40, you will have lost 10-20% of collagen. By age 50, most women (and men), will have lost up to half, 50%, of the collagen in their skin.

The collagen molecule itself is too large to penetrate the surface of the skin, which is why you won’t find an effective topical collagen solution. The collagen molecule is much too large to be absorbed.

The good news is, collagen is replaceable. But you have choices! Now you understand why the explosion in collagen supplements!

The most common choice HAS been a collagen protein, primarily either bovine (cow) or marine. These are sourced from the hides and connective tissues of cows, and marine is sourced from the skin and scales of fish. Perfectly fine if you’re not vegan and can trust the source and the lifestyle and process of the donor before it gets to you.

Your body takes the protein provided from this supplement; you must digest and break down the protein into amino acid building blocks that can then be used by your body to create collagen.

There is another choice. How about eliminating entire protein conversion step and going straight to those critical amino acids instead?

You can by considering a complete Vegan, sugar free formulation.  A daily serving of inner beauty, working for you from the inside out. A formulation with antioxidants like Vitamin C to help in collagen production and to protect cells against oxidative damage. A vegan-sourced amino acid Glycine, involved in muscle protein synthesis. With Biotin and Zinc to support and maintain hair, skin, and nail health.

My personal review….I tried the bovine route and it was not for me. You might appreciate a healthy choice, and not having to guess or imagine the source of animal collagen, I know I do. I really found the taste and texture, well, not so enjoyable.

Instead, imagine a super easy tiny scoop of refreshing light peach/raspberry flavor Collagen Key, packed with everything you need, and ingredients you can trust.

Choices, that’s what it’s all about. I hope this gives you some insight into collagen and its sources. The more you know…..and now you can unlock your collagen production with Collagen Key.

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