February 01, 2022 4 min read
We’re a little obsessed with owning that vibrant skin glow and having a healthy, switched on body, which is why we are equally obsessed with collagen and our body’s ability to make it, preserve it and, most importantly, use it!
Collagen is naturally the most abundant protein found in the body and is fundamental for hydrated, bouncy, collagen rich skin. It’s considered the foundational building blocks of bones, skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons and ligaments, blood vessels and teeth. Collagen is ultimately said to be the ‘glue’ that holds us all together.
Our body naturally produces collagen in abundance in our youth, but as we age, our body’s production naturally depletes leading to tired, ageing skin.
“Our body naturally produces collagen in abundance in our youth, but as we age, our body’s production naturally depletes leading to tired, ageing skin.
There are actually 28 different types of collagen naturally found in the human body:
Type I: famous for minimising fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin elasticity and hydration.
Type II: main component of cartilage, used for joint health
Type III: found in large quantities in your intestines, muscles, blood vessels and the uterus, crucial for tissue that stretches and rebounds such as the gut, stomach and skin.
Collagen Molecules are a combination of 20 different amino acids bound together in a helix chain.
When you are supplementing raw collagen peptides, like in our Miracle Collagen, you’re providing your body with a pre-constructed, complete helix chain and not just the building blocks that it needs, like amino acids and antioxidants.
“Collagen is naturally the most abundant protein found in the body and is fundamental for hydrated, bouncy, collagen rich skin, hair and nails.
In the absence of animal proteins or collagen supplements, an alternative for Vegan or vegetarians is to provide the body with an abundance of the amino acids and nutrients needed to continue to produce and protect the body’s natural stores.
As the vegetarian diet doesn’t provide optimal amino acid intake, a little extra oomph is recommended to get the critical nutrients for healthy tissue cells.
Currently, there are two options:
Using a full range of nutrients and complementary ingredients to support collagen production (as found harmoniously in our Vegan Collagen Creamer is easiest and is composed of concentrated amino acids, antioxidants and key cellular hydrators.
Amino Acids in Collagen Production
Amino acids are organic compounds that bind together to make proteins, the building blocks of all cells. All plant based foods and nutrition contains all 21 forms of amino acids, including 12 non-essential (produced in the body) and 9 essential (not made naturally in the body).
In order to preserve, protect and enhance the body’s natural collagen production, the body uses these particular amino acids in abundance, in addition to other complementary vitamins and minerals.
Combining targeted essential amino acids from vegan sources, including, L-Glycine, L-Lysine and L-Proline, creates a synergistic compound that plays a critical role in protein formation, tissue repair, collagen production and increased collagen protection.
Our Vegan Collagen Creamer helps to deliver the most critical amino acids for collagen production and skin health, that are also less available in vegetarian diets:
L-Glycine: a critical amino acid for protein formation and for helping the body make glutathione and creatine, the main amino acids needed for collagen formation.
L-Lysine: fundamental amino acid required for both tissue repair, wound healing and the formation of collagen.
Proline: essential amino acids necessary for protein synthesis, metabolism and some immune responses.
Antioxidants for Collagen Protection
In order to support the body’s ability to sustain collagen synthesis, an abundance of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E are required.
Tocotrienols or Tocos from Rice Bran Solubles have one of the highest nutrient density of all superfoods, providing phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in a water dispersible format.
Tocotrienols are incredibly health promoting, immune system boosting, antioxidant delivering, anti-inflammatory creme de la creme.
“In order to preserve, protect and enhance the body’s natural collagen production the body uses these particular amino acids in abundance.
A water soluble, stabilised rice bran derivative is also enzymatically broken down to provide a more user friendly, bio- available source of nutrition, including: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, B7, B9 and B15, Choline, Inositol, Vitamin C and Vitamin E Complex (tocopherols and tocotrienols)
Cellular Hydration for Collagen Support
And finally The Beauty Mushroom, and favourite adaptogen, Organic Tremella, known as the giver of Eternal Youth and Beauty. Who wouldn’t want that?
Although this isn’t a typical ingredient for vegan collagen, but for our Vegan Collagen, it was crucial.
Maximising skin hydration and nourishment plays an integral role in collagen formation and skin health.
Tremella is unparalleled for its super hydrating, powerfully anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce wrinkles and smooth skin. Working to plump and hydrate cells, Tremella is also a rich source of antioxidants.
“Tremella is unparalleled for its super hydrating, powerfully anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce wrinkles and smooth skin. Working to plump and hydrate cells, Tremella is also a rich source of antioxidants.
Known for being the most concentrated, natural source of precursors for vitamin D absorption (called Pro Vitamin D), Tremella synergistically complements the amino acids, vitamin E and vitamin C and antioxidants, amplifying skin health, collagen production and collagen protection for radiant skin.
As always, our range is made with the backing of Science, Innovation and Sustainability at the forefront of our decision making. If you have any questions at all, reach out, we’re always happy to help.
This blog is based purely on the author's personal experience. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. The author is neither a medical nor health professional and cannot guarantee that the information in this blog post is accurate, reliable or complete. If you use this information, you do so at your own risk and should consult a qualified medical or health practitioner before relying on any information contained in this blog.