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What is collagen?


Collagen is a type of protein that is a major component of connective tissues. Humans and animals create their own collagen naturally, and it is found in our skin, bones, gut lining, joints, nails, and hair. It brings many benefits to the body, including healthier skin, bone and joints, but with age our body’s ability to produce collagen declines.

There are over 20 types of collagen found in the human body alone. They vary slightly in their structure with the most common forms sold being type I, II and III. Type I and III are predominantly found in the dermal layer of the skin, bone, tendon, muscle and connective tissue. Type II collagen comes from cartilage.

When collagen is extracted from an animal, the source material is heated and undergoes processing that begins to unravel the triple helix molecules. Collagen hydrolysate undergoes an additional process in manufacturing whereby specific enzymes are added to break down the protein chains into small collagen peptides. These peptides make collagen more bioavailable in comparison to gelatin as it can be absorbed into the bloodstream very rapidly.

Hydrolysed collagen contains a unique profile of amino acids, including eight of the nine essential amino acids. The glycine, hydroxyproline, proline and arginine in collagen accounts for over half of the amino acids and is the reason why this form of supplement is able to trigger collagen production within the body. Our Vegan Collagen Alternative provides not only a near-identical amino acid profile, but also includes many essential nutrients required to stimulate collagen production such as vitamin C, zinc, copper and anthocyanins.


Why look for a vegan collagen alternative?

There are several reasons that people may choose a plant-based vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. This includes for ethical reasons, to reduce their impact on the environment and the greater availability, cost-effectiveness and increased profile of vegan alternative products on the market today.

Advocates of vegan and vegetarian eating suggest that increasing plant-based products into a healthy diet may result in a reduced level of cholesterol & blood pressure, lower body mass index and reduce risk of disease. Further reference to this can be reviewed in the references below, including results from randomized controlled studies. Unfortunately, there is no plant-based proteins on the planet that has a comparable amino acid profile to that of collagen.

Following years of thorough research and product testing, Nutraviva has finally developed the first true vegan collagen alternative to cater for the health needs and dietary requirements of our valued customers.

Nutraviva Vegan Collagen Alternative not only has a comparable amino acid profile per serving to that of our premium bovine and marine collagen powders. It provides a suite of beneficial nutritional ingredients for the body to support tissue building and repair and delivers additional essential compounds required for collagen formation within the body.

VCA amino acid profile

Ingredients: Pea Protein (HydroPeaTM), Sunflower seed protein, Natural sweetener (Glycine), Alfalfa sprout powder blend (Alfalfa sprout*, Hydroxyproline, Proline), Vitis vinifera extract (VinomerixTM), Acerola berry powder*, Rice protein*, Chia seed powder, Pumpkin seed powder*, Acai berry juice powder, Kale juice powder, Beetroot powder, Bambusa arundinacea extract (Bamboo silica), Zinc sulfate monohydrate, Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-14

* Organic certified

Nutraviva Vegan Collagen Alternative 

Nutraviva Vegan Collagen Alternative is not another simple collagen booster or a basic plant-based protein. It is the first true vegan collagen alternative on the market which uses 18 specialised ingredients to deliver the same amino acids of collagen hydrolysate. This specialised blend includes additional nutrients and probiotics for gut health, grape seed extract and vitamin C for collagen formation, zinc for protein synthesis and maintenance of hair & nails, along with a suite of carefully selected superfoods.

 At Nutraviva we believe in providing only the best quality premium grade products. That’s why we dedicate time and effort searching for the best manufacturers in the most ideal locations and insist that our products are the purest, with no chemicals or GMOs.   



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