When heading down the path of vegan amino acids, especially as an alternative to the collagen trend that is on the rise as a protein source, we found some interesting insights. Collagen is an integral protein for the building of vital connective tissue and contributes to around 30% of total body protein, so going without it, notedly the Hydroxyproline as an amino acid makeup of the collagen protein can be critical in some cases.
Realizing that this Amino acid, Hydroxyproline; is not readily accessible in the diet of most vegans shocked us that something this size of a scale was an issue that had not been resolved sooner. Typically, Hydroxyproline is not classified as an essential amino acid as it can be converted, but if you are unable to create it and convert it, it becomes conditionally or critically essential as we have seen in the history of scurvy!
The Role of Hydroxyproline
Hydroxyproline is found in the connective tissue and collagen components in animal meat, offal, organ meats, bone broth, collagen foods, and supplements. Finding it in plant sources is hard, often not yielding adequate amounts, but of the highest content includes Alfalfa Sprouts.
Hydroxyproline, combined with Proline and Glycine form the triple-helix bound amino acids that create collagen that builds our connective tissue structures in the body. These connective tissues being:
- Dermal collagen and elasticity structure.
- Bone health.
- Dental Collagen.
- Wound healing processes.
- Oral, Gut, intestinal and reproductive membranes and mucosal integrity.
- Menstrual cycle.
Deficiency of Hydroxyproline in Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
We have established the importance of how integral Hydroxyproline is in the diet, but also stated in essence that it is not classified as essential. Confused?
That is because Hydroxyproline is capable of being converted from Proline if required. In vegans, this is done with the use of Vitamin C and Proline. To convert the proline to Hydroxyproline, this places a high demand on dietary requirements of Vitamin C and Proline sources, which can lead to a deficiency of these starting materials that would often be used elsewhere too. Proline is usually quite difficult to source from plant-based forms in adequate amounts as is, then the body uses what it can to build the structures it needs desperately.
This can lead to a detrimental deficiency in collagen status in the body as is typically seen unfortunately in many vegan diets with symptoms ranging in:
- Poor muscle development.
- Accelerated aging.
- Poor Bone density.
- Slower wound healing.
- Oral health becomes compromised.
- Bleeding gums and receding gumline.
- Brittle hair, skin, and nails.
- Leaky Gut.
There’s an issue here, we need to find a way to access what we all need to build these structures and follow an ethical code that is not detrimental to animals either. So, we went searching high and low, far and wide…
We Found it, Vegan Hydroxyproline!
From what we have researched here, this is not something that has been done before, or at the very least in our scouring of the materials available could be done. When we asked around, the perplexed look we received made us realize more than ever that there had to be a better way. So, we created the solution – in alliance with ethics, Vegan sourced Hydroxyproline.
The Plant problem
It is simple to have that initial ‘Ahh Hah’ moment and claim you have found the solution to the problem, but sometimes the solution is not without its challenges and mountains to climb!
The issue we faced when using plants for amino acids was that they were so low in yield for amino acids, you had to spend and use a truckload to get a tiny amount of yield. This posed numerous problems, like environmental impact and the exposure of GMO’s which we despise. It was a hiccup, to say the least, but we persevered after all there surely had to be another way! Who in their right mind would eat copious amounts of alfalfa all day every day!?
The Fermentation Method
It feels like it has been a solid 2 years now that we have talked constantly about our gut microbiome and how our microbes are responsible for how nutrients are used, converted and combined. Like a giant group of postal sorters grabbing information via receptors, ingesting and defending all without a single conscious thought as to what’s happening in there.
Vegan Amino’s are made with the fermentation of NON-GMO Sugars via NON-GMO Microbes, yielding specific amino acids as an end result. Exactly the way it would happen naturally in our gut and with a much much lower impact environmentally. So, it made perfect sense to us to do it this way.
You don’t need to be a vegan to use Vegan Aminos!
When researching the way in which non-vegan aminos were made and how many raw material companies withdrew communication when we asked for their certificates of origin starting materials, we knew this meant there was more to the story of amino acid supplementation.
This was something we did long ago when bringing out the amino acid range originally, these are all in accordance with 100% vegan starting materials simply because they are cleaner and we knew exactly what went into them. After all, we had to physically create them because in some cases as they just weren’t available to us on the market the way that we required them to be, which is scary!
So, these vegan aminos are the most transparent, cleanest and crispest out of a sheer passion to align with our visions which are “results, not excuses” and “Do no harm.”