What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that’s sourced from parts of the animal we don’t eat in our modern diets – like cartilage, bones and skin. It’s flexible, and very important for our bodies!

There are 16 different types of collagen, but most of the collagen in the human body consists of collagen types I, II, and III. As we age, our bodies start producing less and less collagen; this is where collagen supplements come in!

So, collagen supplements give us collagen?

Not exactly! Actually, they boost collagen production in our bodies–they aren’t a source of collagen themselves.

But if collagen is “sourced from parts of the animal,” then how can a vegan boost collagen production?

If you’re vegan, then never fear! There are still lots of ways to naturally boost collagen production.

How can we boost collagen production in our everyday lives?

Keep a healthy lifestyle! Prolonged exposure to the sun is out, and sunscreen is in. Also, smoking decreases collagen production as well. In addition, eating a healthy, diverse diet is important. Some collagen-boosting foods include dark green veggies, peppers, tomatoes, carrots and berries.

In addition, you can take vitamin C, proline, and copper supplements – things all needed for collagen production! Pescatarians can also take marine collagen.

Summarized from Sproos.

Vegan Collagen

What’s the difference between collagen supplements and collagen boosters? What is collagen, anyways? Is it important? If I’m vegan, can I still find a viable source of collagen? Find out answers to these questions and even more!

Wise Up About Sources of Vegan Collagen

You’ll learn all about collagen, including why there can’t be a vegan source and what vegans can do to still have a healthy amount of collagen in their bodies! Collagen even exists in our skin, which is the largest organ in the human body! So, it’s really important for us to understand its role.

What we learned

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Quiz Gratitude

Big thanks to Sproos for this informational blog post on collagen and collagen supplements!Thanks to Anna Pelzer on Unsplash for the quiz cover pic.Special thanks to Hope Tsai for creating this quiz.

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