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This Popular Anti-Aging Supplement Is Vegan for the First Time Ever

This youth-preserving favorite is finally free of animal ingredients.
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Who doesn't love foods that can help your body stay young, according to what science suggests? One popular youth-preserving supplement that you may have questioned because of where it's sourced from is evolving in a very big way.

If you like the idea of adding a collagen supplement to your diet but previously felt uneasy about the fact that it's typically sourced from animals—perhaps you avoided it altogether for this reason—then brace yourself for this news. A company called Geltor is said to have developed "the first vegan collagen for food and beverages," according to Food Dive.

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The process for developing this collagen is somewhat similar to beer production.

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Over the past few years, Geltor has invested $116 million into developing PrimaColl. According to Food Dive, PrimaColl is produced by applying "microbial fermentation to plant-based ingredients. This creates animal-free proteins that are the equivalent of those derived from animals."

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Vegan collagens are already used in cosmetic products.

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The brand previously created vegan collagens that can be used in cosmetics. Now, they've developed a vegan option for the food and beverage space. (Speaking of the word "vegan," don't miss 11 Misconceptions About Plant-Based Eating You Shouldn't Believe.)

PrimaColl is "biodesigned" to simulate a function of the body.

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The brand has "biodesigned" PrimaColl as a match to Type 21 collagen, which Geltor touts for its "multiplier effect." This effect "encourages the development of other collagen types," according to Food Dive.

Why this is so big . . .

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Part of why this product is such a major breakthrough? Until now, collagen diet supplements have been sourced from animals, namely pigs. For some people, using a product sourced from a pig for the purpose of promoting beauty doesn't feel right for ethical or religious reasons.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more
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