If vegan collagen isn’t easily accessible, you can turn to these alternatives:

If vegan collagen isn’t easily accessible, you can turn to these alternatives:

Currently, actual vegan collagen is hard to come by. Most companies sell “collagen boosters” as supplements.

These boosters contain various vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and zinc that the body needs to make collagen.

Some may also include plant extracts and herbs that are also found to help stimulate collagen production.

You can add these vitamins and minerals through your diet, instead of a supplement, to help you meet your amino acids needs. The most abundant amino acids in collagen are glycine, lysine, and proline.

Plant-based foods high in all three amino acids include:

soy products: tempeh, tofu, and soy protein
black beans
kidney beans
many other legumes
seeds: especially pumpkin, squash, sunflower, and chia
nuts: pistachio, peanut, and cashew
Another way to get the benefits of collagen as a vegan is to take individual amino acid supplements. These are what many vegan-friendly companies sell instead of pure collagen supplements.

Vegan collagen options:
myKind Organics Plant Collagen Builder by Garden of Life, includes: biotin, silica, antioxidants, and several vitamins and minerals. Price: $27.19
Reserveage Vegan Plant-based Collagen Builder, includes: vitamin C, amino acids, and white tea extract. Price: $39.99
Genius Liquid Collagen by Algenist, face cream that contains vegan collagen and microalgae. Price; $115
True vegan collagen is still a ways coming, but like the Impossible burger, we have a feeling it’s going to roll out in stores near us, faster than we think.

Ana Reisdorf has 11 years of experience as a registered dietitian. She has a passion for sharing evidence-based nutrition information on a larger scale through her writing. When she’s not at her laptop, she can be found wrangling her unruly boys and loving life in Nashville, Tennessee.

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