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September 02, 2021 4 min read

Collagen is a protein, and it’s one of the most important proteins circulating within the human body. It forms an organic scaffold that connects the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons in order to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

While the body produces its own supply of collagen, many people take collagen supplements to maintain an ideal or above average daily supply of collagen within the body.‡  Some people even add collagen supplements to their morning tea or coffee to ensure the benefits enter their systems.

However, there are other ways to ensure collagen levels remain healthy without taking daily collagen supplements. This is especially important for people who classify themselves as vegan and prefer only plant-based products.

What are some of the vegan alternatives to collagen powder? Let’s look into the benefits of collagen powder and how to identify proper alternatives.

How does the body produce collagen?

The body organically produces its own collagen supply by breaking down proteins from foods and dietary regimens into amino acids. These amino acids produce many different proteins found throughout the body, and collagen is one of those proteins.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, some of the best foods you can eat to produce amino acids are protein-rich foods such as:

  • Beef
  • Beans
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy

Vitamin C is also a part of the production of protein. It is required for the biosynthesis of collagen and is involved in protein metabolism. Foods like citrus fruits and organic vegetables are great sources of Vitamin C. Many people include a glass of orange juice on their morning routine to ensure they ingest a healthy dose of Vitamin C into their bodies each day and support overall health.

Are collagen supplements vegan?

According to Medical News Today, there are genetically modified products that contain traces of collagen and are still classified as vegan. However, those products are very rare to come by for the average person, making it harder to find vegan-friendly collagen supplements.

The vast majority of collagen supplements are not vegan and many are not vegetarian either. Most supplements contain traces of animal bi-products, which are rich in proteins - think the popular foods of chicken, beef, and fish.

Are there vegan sources of collagen?

Aside from collagen supplements, which are derived from the skin, hair, and bones of animals, vegan collagen is developed through a complex medical process using genetically modified yeast and certain bacteria. In particular,  research has indicated that the bacteria P. pastoris is one of the most effective resources to produce genetically modified vegan collagen.

How to boost collagen as a vegan

In order to avoid using collagen supplements derived from animals, you need to think outside the box and look beyond traditional collagen powders to increase your body’s supply of this invaluable protein. But there is no need to fret, there are ways to boost your body’s collagen levels as a vegan.

Vegan alternatives to collagen powder

So what are some of the vegan alternatives to collagen powder? As we mentioned, there are certain types of foods that are rich in proteins, vitamins, and nutrients that can benefit the body. One food that was not previously mentioned was mushrooms.

Plant-based mushrooms are a valuable source of both protein and adaptogens that help support the body’s immune system. Rather than consume the mushrooms as a food, you can also integrate plant-based mushroom powders into your daily routine for health benefits that support the body, enable the mind, and enrich your quality of life.

Chaga mushroom powder

Chaga mushroom powders are revered around the world as an organic method of supporting the immune system. Chaga powders can be taken every day in your favorite drink of choice, ensuring the benefits of the powder enter your digestive system.

Plant-based chaga powders can be combined with astragalus root and schisandra berry,an immune-super duo which help maintain the body’s natural defenses.‡ Rritual’s Chaga powder also contains traces of Eleuthero root, which keeps your body in excellent form with full body stress support.‡

Lion’s mane mushroom powder

Lion’s mane mushroom powders have been used for generations in Eastern herbalism to support the brain and enable cognitive support. Lion’s mane powder has been identified as a nootropic, helping to activate and clear the mind to support healthy brain activity.

Plant-based lion’s mane powders can also contain traces of rhodiola, an adaptogen frequently used by athletes to ward off physical and mental fatigue.  Rhodiola helps promote physical endurance and supports peak cognitive function.

Reishi mushroom powder

Reishi mushroom powders are beloved around the world for the ability to relieve stress and calm the mind. Stress can cause a significant physical toll on the body, and many people use adaptogen-enhanced mushrooms to ease those stressful episodes.

Plant-based reishi powders can contain traces of ashwagandha root, which is one of the most popular adaptogens today. Ashwagandha root provides a balancing response to stressful moments, enabling both the body and the mind to relax from difficult days. Ashwagandha-enhanced reishi powders are often used to help people relax into a restful night of sleep during trying times.

Additionally, reishi mushrooms and mushrooms in general are excellent sources of Vitamin D, which has been shown to help produce collagen within the body.‡ A healthy dose of reishi mushroom powder can ensure your body receives the vitamins and nutrients necessary to support healthy collagen production, reduce stressful episodes, and live a more high quality life.‡ 

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