We have been getting asked a lot about collagen supplements in the shop over the last month or so, and also getting asked whether you can get a vegan collagen.
Collagen is a protein that is primarily found in the connective tissues of animals, such as skin, bones, and cartilage. Since a vegan diet excludes all animal-derived products, traditional collagen supplements are not suitable for vegans.
Until now most “vegan” collagen products don’t actually have collagen in, they contain the building blocks of collagen like Vitamin C, Silica, Hyaluronic Acid and other Amino Acids.
Well, as of today the answer is yes!
TerraNova have brought out Vollagen, a vegan alternative to Collagen. Vollagen is a complex of amino acids made using a fermentation process, providing precisely the same proportion as those found within human collagen.
Supplementing with Vollagen allows the body to use these building blocks in the most appropriate way depending on individual needs of each person.
1. Introduction to Collagen: Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, constituting nearly one-third of all proteins. It acts as the building block for various connective tissues, giving structure and support to the skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
2. Benefits of Collagen:
a. Glowing Skin: Collagen is the secret behind youthful and supple skin. It helps maintain skin’s elasticity and hydration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Embrace collagen for a radiant and glowing complexion.
b. Joint Health: Collagen plays a vital role in supporting joint health by maintaining the integrity of cartilage. By improving joint flexibility and cushioning, collagen can ease discomfort and promote mobility.
c. Strong Hair and Nails: Healthy collagen levels contribute to strong and lustrous hair and nails. It provides the essential proteins that build the foundation for these beauty features.
d. Bone Strength: Collagen is a crucial component of bones, contributing to their strength and flexibility. Adequate collagen levels can help maintain bone health, especially as we age.
e. Digestive Health: Collagen contains essential amino acids, such as glycine and proline, which support the gut lining and aid in digestion.
f. Muscle Mass: Collagen is essential for muscle structure and function. It can aid in maintaining lean muscle mass and supporting an active lifestyle.
3. Sources of Collagen: Collagen is found in various animal-derived sources, including fish skin, chicken bones, and bovine hide. Additionally, now we have a truly vegan source of Collagen, Vollegan.
4. Collagen Supplements: Collagen supplements come in various forms, such as powders, capsules, and liquids. When choosing a collagen supplement, consider factors like the source, quality, and additional ingredients. It’s essential to select reputable brands with high-quality products.
5. Promoting Natural Collagen Production: While collagen supplements can be beneficial, you can also support natural collagen production through lifestyle and dietary choices. Ensure a diet rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Stay hydrated and protect your skin from excessive sun exposure to maintain collagen levels.
6. Conclusion: Collagen is the cornerstone of holistic well-being, contributing to radiant skin, strong joints, and overall vitality.
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie – Helping your skin glow
This Tropical Turmeric Smoothie is like sunshine in a glass. Made from bananas, mango, pineapple and papaya, its tropical flavours are also boosted with anti-inflammatory turmeric, black pepper and ginger.
Top this with shredded coconut and cinnamon for simplicity, or get creative with fresh fruit and coconut whipped cream for a breakfast that’s more like dessert. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this fruit-filled smoothie.
Packed with antioxidants and turmeric, this beauty is perfect for your skin. Did you know that adding turmeric to your diet regularly can help care for your skin? Along with the vitamin C in mangoes that serves to keep your collagen production optimal and b-vitamins from the bananas which keep it moist, this smoothie packs a punch of much-needed ingredients for healthy skin. Make at home or come and enjoy one in our Vegan Cafe.
1 Fresh banana
1 Handful of frozen mango, pineapple, papaya
1/4 Tin coconut milk
1 Heaped teaspoon of organic turmeric, black pepper and ginger mix
A few ice cubes
Top up with pineapple juice
(Optional, desiccated coconut and cinnamon)
- Place all the above in a NutriBullet (or similar blender) add the pineapple juice as needed.
- Whizz until smooth.
- Poor into a large glass.
- Sprinkle with desiccated coconut and cinnamon if desired.
Wait for the sun to shine, then drink 🙂