Vegan Collagen, does it exist?

Vegan Collagen, does it exist?

Is it possible to find Vegan Collagen?

Supplements and Healthy Lifestyle

Following a healthy lifestyle is the new trend, which is positive in almost every aspect. A good diet, doing physical exercise regularly and a healthy lifestyle are key when it comes to improving the quality of life.

In this context, food supplements have been playing a crucial role for years now. There are millions of different products available, each one with its own features that make it different from the rest.

The numbers of formulas and combinations of ingredients are almost infinite, just as the benefits that are advertised in the marketing campaigns.


Like the saying goes: it’s good fishing in troubled waters

And the thing is that there are many brands that are starting to sell supplements. However, some of them play dirty and not towards other brands, but for the consumers.

Let’s see where I mean with all this…


Above all, the regulation set the guidelines to protect the consumers. One of the key aspects is to provide them with reliable information in the label of the products or supplements.

For example, the regulation 1169/2011 from the European Parliament and Council about the food information provided to the consumer

I will not get into all the legal aspects, but I would like to highlight some of the most important aspects to put things into perspective:

1st Article : “The Union is to contribute to the attainment of a high level of consumer protection…”

3rd Article: “In order to achieve a high level of health protection for consumers and to guarantee their right to information, it should be ensured that consumers are appropriately informed as regards the food they consume. Consumers’ choices can be influenced by, inter alia, health, economic, environmental, social and ethical considerations”.

7th Article:Food information shall not be misleading, particularly […] by suggesting, by means of the appearance, the description or pictorial representations, the presence of a particular food or an ingredient, while […] it has been substituted with a different component or a different

To sum up: you cannot sell something that is not present in the product. Makes sense, right?

The fraud of “vegan” collagen

There are more and more people who are starting to follow a vegan diet. As we now, a vegan diet is perfectly viable as long as we plan everything (just like omnivore diets). For instance, it should always go with a vitamin B12 supplement.

The growth of the vegan population has not gone unnoticed for sport supplementation companies.

That is why the number of products suitable for vegans increases every single day

On the other hand, as you may have noticed, collagen supplements are some of the most popular ones. They are available both in supplementation stores, pharmacies and even supermarkets. Click here to find out more information about this topic.

Then, what happens if a brand wants to make money from this trend? For example, we may find products such as this one

Fake Collagen

“Fake” Vegan Collagen

Collagen Comes from Animals

If you have been following us for a while or if you know a little bit about biology, the term “vegan collagen” may have sound quite odd. For those who still do not know why, here is the explanation:

Collagen is a protein that exclusively comes from animals. In fact, it is the most abundant protein in our body. There is no collagen in plants.


Taking collagen regularly is related to different benefits for our health, even for our beauty

Above all, taking collagen can relieve the joint pain both in athletes or people with osteoarthritis. Although it can also improve the health of our skin.

Like we said before, collagen is an animal protein, therefore, it is as vegan as a beef steak. In fact, if we have a look at the ingredient list, collagen is nowhere to be found.

Since we have other articles about the effects of collagen in our blog, I encourage you to read those if you want to learn more things

Where is the Collagen?

Ingredients of Vegan Collagen

As you can see, “the ingredient that they are trying to make us believe is there is actually missing”.

What we can actually find is L-lysine and L-proline, two of the amino acids that make up collagen, vitamin C (which supports the synthesis of collagen) and a series of Plant Extracts with antioxidant properties.

Let’s not forget the regulation 1169/2011: “Food information shall not be misleading”


It does not matter how good it looks or sounds, if you find vegan collagen you should know they are lying to you because:

If it has collagen, it is not suitable for vegans. But, if it is suitable for vegans, it means it does not have collagen

Find out more information about this topic:

  • Read more about hydrolyzed collagen.
  • Do you like doing exercise? Then, you should read this article
  • More info about glycine and collagen
  • The best tips when it comes to taking collagen, find out more
  • Click here to read more about collagen and magnesium
  • Click here to find a list with all the types of collagen
  • Do you already know everything about collagen, even what is it used for? Read this post
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Carlos Sánchez has a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and therefore all his actions are rigorously backed by science.
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