Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, providing structure and support to our skin, bones, tendons, and muscles. It is often referred to as the glue that holds our bodies together. The problem is that collagen production decreases by an average of 1% each year from your 20’s.
The ageing process results in a reduction of collagen production but other factors such as excess sun, free radical exposure, poor diet, and inactivity also speed up collagen degradation. All of this can lead to wrinkles, joint pain, and weakened bones.
Collagen supplementation has become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to maintain and improve our body’s collagen levels and support healthy ageing. Traditionally, collagen supplements have been derived from animal sources, primarily bovine and porcine.
The extraction process involves boiling animal connective tissues, such as bones and skin, to extract the collagen protein. The primary advantage of animal-derived collagen supplements is their effectiveness. Studies have shown that these supplements can improve skin elasticity, reduce joint pain, and increase bone density. Animal-derived collagen is also easily absorbed by the body due to its similar composition to human collagen.
How does animal collagen compare?
Traditional animal collagen supplements are taken in an effort to replace the lost collagen in people’s bodies, but doing so doesn’t address the root cause of collagen loss itself. There are, however, drawbacks to animal-derived collagen supplements.
Firstly, the extraction process (which involves the use of animal parts) is a concern for many people and makes these supplements unsuitable for vegans, vegetarians, or those who follow a kosher or halal diet.
Secondly, animal sources for collagen, can potentially be contaminated with toxic metals. This is because animals, particularly larger ones like cows and pigs, can accumulate heavy metals in their tissues over time. These metals can come from various sources, such as industrial pollution, pesticides, and contaminated soil or water.
When bones and other animal tissues are boiled to extract collagen, any heavy metals present in the bones can leach into supplement. This is a concern, as exposure to heavy metals can have negative effects on our health, including damage to the nervous system, kidneys, and liver. It is worth noting that the levels of heavy metals found in animal-derived collagen supplements are generally low and not likely to cause immediate harm. However, repeated exposure over time can lead to accumulation in the body and potential health risks.
For this reason, it is important to be mindful of the source of the animal-based collagen supplements you are consuming. Choosing products made from organic and grass-fed sources can help reduce the risk of heavy metal contamination.
Additionally, it is a good idea to vary your sources of collagen and not rely solely on animal-based supplements. This is where vegan collagen supplements can be a good alternative, as they are typically made from plant sources that are less likely to be contaminated with heavy metals.
Vegan collagen, also known as plant-based collagen, is a relatively new innovation in collagen supplementation The primary advantage of vegan collagen is that it is free from contamination of heavy metals and other toxic elements that may occur in animal-derived collagens whilst being 100% suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Additionally, it is a cruelty-free alternative to animal-derived collagen, making it an ethical choice for many people.
However, one of the main challenges with vegan collagen is its effectiveness. While studies have shown promising results, vegan collagen is relatively new in the market, and more research is needed to determine its full benefits. Moreover, some vegan collagen products contain synthetic ingredients and additives, which may not be suitable for everyone.
An innovative alternative to Animal and Vegan Collagen: Vollagen®
Vollagen® is a formulation that is 100% derived from plants and is based on Terranova’s principles of synergy. It contains a complex of isolated amino acids in the same proportion as those found within collagen for superior absorption and bioavailability.
Vollagen® features Terranova’s MAGNIFOOD COMPLEX, a bespoke combination of intensely synergistic wholefoods and botanicals, providing a vast array of active phytonutrients and other plant compounds to enhance efficacy, absorption and utilisation by the body. Vollagen® is designed to support collagen production and maintenance, skin integrity, healthy ageing, skin hydration, joint health and many other benefits of collagen.
Vollagen® is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, and positive results were seen in consumer testing after regular use for 60 days. These include reduced wrinkling, improvement in skin firmness and tone and a reduction in dryness, breakouts and blemishes.
Vollagen®’s unique formulation provides high quality, plant-based building blocks of collagen in a form that is ready and easy to be utilized by the body for maximum effect.
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