The big question is, “Is there vegan collagen?”. Yes! Collagen is a protein that can be found in your hair, skin, nails, bones and even your ligaments. It provides many important functions for the human body, including skin structure, strengthening of your bones, and makes up connective tissues including tendons, ligaments, and muscles.  

Collagen is derived from sources such as beef or fish, leaving Vegans with few options when it comes to boosting their collagen production. To meet the demand for animal-free alternatives, brands like PlantFusion are introducing plant-based collagen builders. But what exactly is a plant-based collagen builder and what benefits does it provide?

Wild Collagen Peptides

How is Vegan-Friendly Collagen Sourced?

Vegan-friendly collagen is sourced from genetically modified yeast and bacteria (the good kind). Bacteria P (scientifically known as “pastoris”) is the most effective and commonly used for genetically engineering high-quality collagen.

To produce high-quality collagen, four human genes that are coded for collagen are added to the genetic structure of microbes. Once these genes are in place, the yeast or bacteria, start to produce building blocks for human collagen. Add in some Pepsin (a digestive enzyme), which aids in the structure of turning those building blocks into collagen molecules with the exact structure of human collagen, and you have yourself vegan collagen!

Benefits of Vegan Collagen

Lower Maintenance Costs

Consuming collagen directly from the fruit source will be less expensive than a brand.

Lower the Risk of Potential Disease and/or Allergies

There are some concerns over the risk of animal-sourced collagen transmitting illnesses. Collagen via microbes would eliminate this potential issue due to how it’s produced in a controlled environment where common allergens or other harmful substances can be removed.

Supports the Vegan-Friendly Lifestyle

The majority of collagen supplements on the market are animal-based, which means people who live a vegan-friendly lifestyle can’t access these products.

With vegan options available, you can now take collagen to potentially help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and stimulate your body to produce more collagen naturally, as well as support joint and digestive health.

With science still working on these products and applications, you may have a harder time finding vegan-friendly collagen.

Other Vegan-Friendly Collagen Options

Add these vitamins, minerals, and food sources throughout your diet, instead of relying on a supplement, to help meet your amino acid needs. The most abundant amino acids in collagen are glycine, lysine, and proline. Plant-based foods that are high in all three amino acids include:

  • Soy Products: Tempeh, Tofu, and Soy Protein
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Many Other Legumes
  • Seeds: Pumpkin, Squash, Sunflower, and Chia
  • Nuts: Pistachio, Peanut, and Cashew
Collagen Smoothie

“If you want beautiful skin and nails, it doesn’t mean you have to eat skin and hooves from animals. There are a lot of things that we can do lifestyle and diet-wise, that will boost the collagen in our skin. We don’t have to resort to taking these collagen products and worry that we’re missing out.” – Kimberly Snyder, Solluna

Common Questions and Answers

Q: Is there vegan collagen?


Q: How do vegans get collagen?

The best way for vegans (and vegetarians) to support collagen production is by eating fruits and vegetables that are plentiful in collagen-boosting nutrients such as Proline.

Proline and Hydroxyproline are amino acids that make up 23% of collagen and have been found to be precursors to sustaining collagen production.

Q: Is there plant-based collagen?

Plant-Based collagen-building protein peptides are now available from Sunwarrior! No hooves, no horns, no hides!

Q: What is vegan collagen made of?

Like mentioned before, collagen comes from connective tissues in the body. There are a variety of sources of collagen, but all collagen comes from animals. The majority of the collagen supplements on the market are commonly derived from beef or fish. This makes a “vegan” collagen product impossible. Vegan collagen is genetically modified from yeast and bacteria (the good kind).

Q: Do vegans lack collagen?

The best way for vegans (and vegetarians) to support collagen production is to eat fruits and vegetables that are plentiful in collagen-boosting nutrients.