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Are there any vegan or vegetarian collagen protein powder options?

Collagen is a protein that is primarily sourced from animal-based products such as the skin, bones, and cartilage of cows, pigs, and fish. Therefore, traditional collagen protein powders are not vegan or vegetarian. However, there are now several plant-based options that claim to mimic the benefits of collagen, such as supporting skin, hair, and nail health. These vegan and vegetarian options typically use ingredients like pea protein, rice protein, or algae to provide a source of amino acids that are similar to those found in collagen.

One example of a plant-based collagen alternative is "collagen peptides" made from a blend of amino acids, such as glycine and proline, which are the primary building blocks of collagen. While these plant-based options may not provide the exact same benefits as animal-based collagen, they may still offer some health benefits.

It's important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of plant-based collagen alternatives. However, preliminary studies have shown some promising results, such as improvements in skin elasticity and hydration.


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  2. Bolke, L., Schlippe, G., & Gerß, J. (2019). A collagen supplement improves skin hydration, elasticity, roughness, and density: Results of a randomized, placebo-controlled, blind study. Nutrients, 11(10), 2494.
  3. Papanikolaou, Y., Brooks, J., Reider, C., & Fulgoni III, V. L. (2019). U.S. adults are not meeting recommended levels for fish and omega-3 fatty acid intake: results of an analysis using observational data from NHANES 2003–2008. Nutrition Journal, 18(1), 1-9.
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