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Doctor insights on: Vegan Collagen Supplements

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Are there any herbal supplements and/or good foods to build collagen?

Are there any herbal supplements and/or good foods to build collagen?

Unfortunately, no: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). No supplement is able to help build the desired collagen. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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If there isn't vegan B12 then how do some supplements contain food based vegan b12? I asked this question b4 but didn't get a good explanation

If there isn't vegan B12 then how do some supplements contain food based vegan b12? I asked this question b4 but didn't get a good explanation

B12: B12 that is fortified in foods is cultivated in nontoxic bacteria. Otherwise it is normally consumed from eating meat products that obtain B12 from soil or bacteria in their gut. ...Read more

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What is a good book that explains how to get most of my nutrition (I know I will have to supplement) from a VEGAN diet...preferably with recipes???

What is a good book that explains how to get most of my nutrition (I know I will have to supplement) from a VEGAN diet...preferably with recipes???

Nutritional guide: Prescription for Nutritional Healing by: Phyllis A. Balch CNC you can find copies at any local GNC store general nutrition store in your area---it is was helpful and informative ...Read more

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Do collagen supplements work !?

Do collagen supplements work !?

Maybe not: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... but not based on real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). ...Read more

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Do you need to take supplements if you're vegan?

Do you need to take supplements if you're vegan?

Vegans: And vegetarians in general are at risk for low B12. Consider taking a SUBLINGUAL form of B12. Protein can also become low. Be under the guidance of your doc or a nutritionist if you are vegan for safety sake. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How much B12 is needed to supplement a vegan diet?

How much B12 is needed to supplement a vegan diet?

2.4 mcg: Assuming you are not otherwise B12 deficient, you need at least 2.4 mcg per day (more if pregnant). You can get this from pretty much any supplement containing b12. You should, however, get your blood tested to make sure you're not already deficient. If so, you can "catch up" before going on maintenance supplementation. Good job on going vegan. Now just make sure you take a B12 supplement. ...Read more

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Is taking fish collagen supplements beneficial for skin and anti-aging?

No proof: There are no supplements that have been definitively shown to decrease aging. However, eating healthy will allow for healthy and graceful aging. Fish oils found naturally in fish can be anti-inflammatory and that minimize damage to the body from excess free radicals.. ...Read more

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Does taking oral collagen supplements cause any harm if one has celiac disease?

Does taking oral collagen supplements cause any harm if one has celiac disease?

Probably not: It's also called collagen hydrolysate, collagen peptide, gelatine, gelatine. After 4 weeks of follow-up treatment, a statistically significantly higher skin elasticity level was determined in elderly women. No side effects were noted throughout the study. Reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949208 ...Read more

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I am vegan and B12 deficient what should b the daily amount of b12 I should take through supplements?

I am vegan and B12 deficient what should b the  daily amount of b12 I should take through supplements?

Load it on: Five thousand micrograms per day is often cited. Vegans have the moral high ground but the health benefits mostly disappear when you control for the fact that vegans tend to have other healthy habits and don't overeat because the food isn't as good. You'll need more supplements as well if you want to avoid ruining your health; brain damage from B12 deficiency is a very real risk. Be smart. ...Read more

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Can a vegan get all the necessary nutrients from plants, supplements and fortified foods? Are there other issues to consider?

Can a vegan get all the necessary nutrients from plants, supplements and fortified foods? Are there other issues to consider?

Yes, but takes work: Yes it is possible, but t takes planning, thought, and some work. Dining out vegan is getting easier in a lot of places, but can still be challenging. Bad vegan choices can be pretty unhealthy, e.g. French fries and fried zucchini sticks too. ...Read more

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What protein supplements should a vegan take?

What protein supplements should a vegan take?

Beans: Most fruits and vegetables have a relatively low amount of protein, usually in the 5-6 percent range or so. Nuts, beans, and even humus have quite a bit higher levels of protein and are often used because of that. There is a book called forks over knives that has vegan recipes in it if you are interested. ...Read more

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Will collagen pill supplements interfere with my birth control?

Will collagen pill supplements interfere with my birth control?

No: Collagen pills should not have a major effect on the birth control. To be safe, it is a good practice to use condoms too, which help decrease the chance of std's as well. ...Read more

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Do you think I'll need to take supplements/vitamins if I'm vegan?

Do you think I'll need to take supplements/vitamins if I'm vegan?

Absolutely: The vegan diet is the moral high ground. However, if you do not supplement, you are looking at brain damage from vitamin B12 deficiency alone within a few months. You are also likely to need to supplement calcium, iodine, iron and some others. Get your information from someone reliable, not a cultist. The vegan community itself has guides on required supplements. Be smart. ...Read more

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Is there a gas supplement that i can take daily now that im vegan?

Is there a gas supplement that i can take daily now that im vegan?

Gas: Most of the gas meds are basically simethicon as their generics. If you steam for a minute the vegs, or soak beans for an hour prior to cook, gas will be much less a problem. ...Read more

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I was Vegan for 8 months and didn't supplement B12. I'm not vegan anymore was that time long enough to do damage or have bad deficiency?

I was Vegan for 8 months and didn't supplement B12. I'm not vegan anymore was that time long enough to do damage or have bad deficiency?

How do you feel?: I am very glad you wised up. As a moral choice, you can be a vegan and if you supplement wisely, you will not be risking your health. The health benefits of vegan ism are elusive if they exist at all. If you can walk and think and remember and your extremities feel normally, you escaped the bad stuff. ...Read more

Collagen (Definition)

Collagen is a component of extracellular tissue, which is found throughout the body. Collagen is a proten important for tissue strength and tissue healing. There are several differnt subtypes of collagen, depending on where it is found. Collagen has a high content of hydroxyproline, which is ...Read more