Does taking collagen orally even work?
Collagen proteins are absorbed by the body in the small intestine. From there, they are distributed throughout the body and can be stored for up to two weeks. The body decides where these collagen proteins go - whether that is in the skin, joints, connective tissue, or elsewhere - depending on where it needs collagen most and which type of collagen is being used.
Why do I only need such a small amount of Collagen Kick?
The patented natural-origin collagen active ingredient ("native") from Ovomet® is effective for skin and joints in the recommended dosage of just 300mg.
The process of separating the membrane from the eggshell is also patented, and Ovomet® retains the advantageous natural composition of the eggshell membrane. We think it's quite impressive, as it contains not only type I, V and X collagen, but also hyaluronic acid, elastin, glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and several other proteins.
Collagen supplements from beef, pork or fish usually contain between 2.5 and 10g of hydrolyzed collagen. Ovomet®, on the other hand, produces a highly concentrated, vegetarian collagen product with 300mg. Even better - the environmental impact of the production process is very low as only water and mechanical forces are used during production.
Why do you say that your collagen is vegetarian if it is derived from chicken eggs?
Vegetarians eat products from living animals in addition to plant-based foods. Vegetarians do not eat beef, pork, chicken or fish, as they are killed for consumption. However, vegetarians do eat animal-derived foods such as dairy products, eggs and honey. Since our collagen is produced from eggshell membranes, it is vegetarian as the hens who lay the eggs are not killed for their eggs.
However, our collagen is not vegan because vegans only eat plant-based foods and do not consume any animal products (including eggs).
Does vegan collagen exist?
No, as plants do not produce collagen, so there is no naturally occurring vegan collagen. There are, however, plant compounds that promote collagen production, such as amino acids, ceramides, minerals (like copper) and antioxidants like vitamin C.
Most vegan collagen products only contain amino acids that make up the structure, or building blocks, of collagen. The likelihood of these forming a collagen molecule is low. Research is still ongoing for synthetic vegan collagens that are produced through the fermentation of yeasts and bacteria. However, the effectiveness of microbial collagen has not yet been confirmed in any reliable studies to date.