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Vegan Approved Methods for Boosting Collagen

Dr. Mark Iwanicki June 22, 2021

So you’re a vegan and you want to build a strong healthy body with collagen? Is it possible? I thought you could only get collagen from animals???

Collagen peptides are large chains of amino acids that form the building blocks for collagen in our bodies. Collagen is critical for health skin, nails, hair, bones, muscles and ligaments

Commercially available collagen peptides are usually sourced from beef collagen that has been broken down and hydrolyzed. Our bodies absorb these peptides and put them back together as new collagen in our bodies.

Vegan sources of collagen don’t exist because plants don’t have bones or muscles but they do have amino acids, which are the universal building blocks of all protein, including collagen.

Vegans just need to be mindful they are getting the proper dietary building blocks from their diet but there’s nothing stopping them from doing that effectively and becoming giant beasts like vegan bodybuilder Nimai Delgado.

Step 1: Increasing Amino Acid Building Blocks

Increase Glycine-Rich Foods: Bananas, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kiwi, pumpkin and spinach

Increase Proline-Rich Foods: Asparagus, beans, buckwheat, cabbage, cucumbers, chives, mushrooms, seaweed, spinach, watercress.

Step 2: Increasing Supportive Essential Co-Factors

Increase Vitamin C: Assists in linking amino acids together in collagen chains.

Increase Sulfur: High in broccoli and garlic sulfur is critical for collagen production.

Increase Zinc and Copper: Critical in key enzymes during collagen production. High in pumpkin seeds.

Increase Lysine: Key amino acid in the construction and synthesis of collagen chains. High in pumpkin and pistachios.

Dr. Mark Iwanicki
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
My name is Dr. Mark Iwanicki N.D. L.A.c and I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Masters of Acupuncture. I am passionate about helping patients with chronic illness achieve a life of optimal health and wellness and hope to inspire all who visit this site in that same passion. I am currently seeing patients remotely via Zoom online Telehealth appointments.
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