The 7 Best Vegan Collagen Supplements in the UK

Here at Vegan Mum we have tried out a number of vegan collagen supplements over the last few months to find out whether any of them live up to their claims. This Best Vegan Collagen Supplements guide (updated for 2024) tells you about the ones we have found to be most effective.

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You hear so much about collagen now, particularly in relation to its importance in the ageing process. However, many collagen supplements are derived from animals, so until recently these products have been a no-go area for vegans and those following a plant-based diet.

But not any more! There is an increasing number of effective vegan alternatives on the market which support and ‘boost’ your own body’s production of this important protein. But just in case all that sounds a tad confusing, as well as recommending some of the best vegan collagen supplements available in the UK, this guide aims to provide you with a top-level explanation of the differences between them too.

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What is collagen?

Collagen is a strong, fibrous protein in the body that contributes to the healthy maintenance of things like your skin, joints and even your cardiovascular system. It’s a protein that is normally in plentiful supply in the human body.

If it helps, you can imagine it as the scaffolding that gives structure to all those different elements. Some of that structure is visible in the elasticity of your skin, some of it can be felt in your joints and muscles, and some you won’t even be aware of. Basically, it holds everything together! Knowing that the Greek word ‘kólla’ means ‘glue’, it makes even more sense…

Your body actually makes its own collagen, and requires a good supply of certain amino acids to do so, namely:

  • glycine
  • proline
  • hydroxyproline

Why should I take collagen supplements?

You may well ask why you should bother taking supplements if your body makes its own collagen?

Well, you may not need to take it but you may want to because there are benefits to supplementing it. And it is also known that collagen production in the body starts to diminish, perhaps even as early as your mid-20s, so the aging process starts earlier than you think! Certain factors can impact on your body’s ability to synthesise its own collagen as well, and there is plenty of genuine research out there that supports supplementation. Factors that may affect collagen production include:

  • age
  • sun exposure
  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • lack of sleep and exercise
  • poor nutrition
  • diets high in ultra-processed foods

Don’t forget though that it is advisable to seek advice from a trained medical professional before taking any form of supplement.

Here are the Best Vegan Collagen Supplements in the UK

The following list contains vegan collagen supplements that I have tried, and believe them all to be effective and high quality. Price is indicated by £, ££, and £££, with £ being the lowest price range.

Pale blue rectangular sachet with gold and white lettering along the length describing the brand, Arella, and its contents - 30g of vegan liquid collagen. The sachet is resting on the top of a small, pale green crackle-glazed bowl which contains a little bit of the purple-orange coloured Japanese Plum flavoured collagen. The bowl is set on a white shiny porcelain surface and is surrounded by the green leaves of a fern
  • Price: ££
  • Type: Gel

This competitively priced, good value vegan collagen gel from Arella Beauty is the 1st product in this list that contains VeCollal® (which replicates Type 1 human collagen). And it’s full of lots of other collagen supporting goodies too, including ginseng, retinol, biotin, and hyaluronic acid.

When it comes to flavour, collagen has a bit of a bad reputation but I really like Arella’s gel more than any others I have tried. It’s infused with Japanese Plum which gives it a rich taste that is not overly sweet – it has more of a ‘grown-up’ flavour somehow.

Science also seems to back up Arella’s claims that liquid collagen is more bio-available than powder. It certainly makes taking collagen more convenient because there is no measuring out of powder and mixing it in with water, and the sachets are very handy for travelling with – you just rip the top off the sachet and drink it. The downside with this of course is that you are using more packaging, with each dose coming in its own sachet (although it is recyclable).

Like most other brands, Arella Beauty also offers a subscription service which comes with a discount, giving you a 20% saving on the one-off price. There is also an exclusive Vegan Mum discount code for Arella products – use code WELCOME10 at checkout for an additional 10% discount when you buy direct. If you’d like to know more about this impressive product, you can read Vegan Mum’s Arella vegan liquid collagen review.

Pros

  • Good value
  • Great flavour
  • Travel-friendly

Cons

  • Packaging

Arella 10% discount code: WELCOME10

Image of Feel Pro Collagen Gel including a bright pink metallic sachet of the gel, held above a paler pink Feel branded box and viewed through the leaves of an asparagus fern
  • Price: £££
  • Type: Gel

These handy, travel-friendly sachets of vegan collagen contain VeCollal®, a vegan collagen alternative that replicates Type 1 human collagen. You just rip the top off the sachet wherever you are and drink it, so no measuring out or dilution required – very handy! It took me a while to get used to the sweet cherry flavour, although once I did, it was fine.

Research and independent studies have shown tangible results in just 28 days from using this bio-available product which also contains other supporting ingredients like Ginseng, Gotu Kola and Vitamins A, C & E. Note that some research suggests you should only take supplements with Gotu Kola for 4-6 weeks at a time, and then take a 2 week break. That works perfectly well with the increase in collagen production, so may well be advice worth following. I certainly take breaks in between taking my collagen supplements.

Feel states that these gels are suitable for those following ‘free from’, kosher, and halal diets. Read my Feel pro collagen gels review if you would like a more in depth look at this product.

Price and packaging are really the only downsides, although Feel offers subscription discounts and other benefits, including an exclusive Vegan Mum 20% discount code PARTNER20

Pros

  • Free-from
  • Travel-friendly
  • Tastes OK

Cons

  • Packaging
  • Price

Feel 20% discount code PARTNER20

Recyclable blue and white pouch of Dr Vegan Skin Saviour Collagen boosting supplements
  • Price: ££
  • Type: Capsule

Another high-quality product from the trusted Dr Vegan range of supplements, this vegan collagen booster with hyaluronic acid is full of impressive nutrients that go towards supporting your body’s production of collagen. Designed to support your nails, hair and skin, it contains nourishing ingredients like grapeseed and bilberry extracts, an array of relevant vitamins, inulin, as well as pro and pre-biotics.

As with all their packaging, this supplement comes in plastic-free compostable pouches, so has more eco-credentials than many supplement ranges. I frequently use Dr Vegan products because of that, and because they don’t use lots of superfluous ‘fillers’ in their capsules. My only downside with this supplement is that it’s a capsule and I do dislike swallowing them, although you can open it and scatter the contents on your breakfast instead if you want!

The price for Dr Vegan’s Skin Saviour is mid-range, and I think you are getting a high-quality product. You can also benefit from subscription discounts, and free UK delivery too – a charge that I can sometimes forget to add when costing products I buy online. Combine that with Vegan Mum’s exclusive Dr Vegan 30% discount code MUM30 and it becomes even better value.

You can also read more about this brand in my full Dr Vegan Review

Pros

  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • Mid-range price
  • Contains hyaluronic acid

Cons

  • Capsule

Exclusive Dr Vegan 30% discount code MUM30

A pink and peach coloured cardboard tub of Feel vegan pro collagen powder, in front of a bronze vase of pink coloured flowers
  • Price: £££
  • Type: Powder

The 3rd product in this list that contains VeCollal®, this collagen supplement in powder form enjoys the same results as the Feel Pro Collagen Gels. It’s very easy to use and tastes pleasant enough when diluted in a glass of water, although I tend to add the powder directly to my smoothies instead. It obviously doesn’t have the convenience of the gel sachets, but is probably more environmentally-friendly because of that!

It contains calcium – so a handy boost to your calcium levels – but because this powder also contains Gotu Kola, there is some advice online to suggest taking it for only 6 weeks at a time, with a 2 week break in between. The great thing about vegan collagen though is that you are not going to get any of the heavy metal contamination so often seen in animal-derived versions.

The powder form is cheaper than the gel sachets, and again, you can benefit from Feel’s subscription offers and Vegan Mum’s 20% Feel discount code PARTNER20

You can read more about this product in my Feel pineapple pro-collagen review

Please note that this supplement contains sweeteners including Stevia and Erythritol.

Pros

  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • Powder
  • Contains calcium

Cons

  • Price

Feel 20% discount code PARTNER20


A box of seaweed skin supplements. Image shows white cardboard box, with gold banner across top, decorated with a dark blue seaweed image and with a written description of its contents below which says 'weed and wonderful' natural glow
  • Price: £££
  • Type: Capsule

I love Dr Seaweed products, and just the fact that they all contain that fabulous Hebridean seaweed makes me feel healthier when I take them – I regularly use their iodine supplements. But along with that, this supplement also contains all the other ingredients you’d expect that will help you to feel good and boost your collagen production into the bargain, including: B vitamins, vitamins A, C & E, selenium and zinc.

Price is slightly above mid-range, but like all the supplements in this list, you are paying for high quality products. There is a subscription service available that offers a discount, and Vegan Mum’s exclusive 20% discount code helps a lot too – use at checkout when buying directly.

Do I have a gripe? Yes, why are these supplements still in hard to recycle blister packs? And you can get a bit of a seaweed taste occasionally.

Pros

  • Contains Hebridean seaweed
  • Includes selenium & zinc
  • Supporting ingredients

Cons

  • Packaging
  • Occasional seaweed taste

Dr Seaweed 20% discount code VEGANMUM20


close up of a brown paper pouch sitting on a mossy tree stump with a background of leafy greenery. On the pouch is a white label with a yellow stripe at the top, and the 'veganvitality' brand logo in the top right. Top left of the label is wording that describes the contents of the pouch - it is a vegan collagen complex - and beneath that is a table displaying the ingredients and nutrients.
  • Price: £
  • Type: Capsule

With a 2 month supply of capsules in a brown paper pouch, this well-balanced vegan collagen supplement comes in very eco-friendly packaging that is simple to recycle.

It is good value too, and what I particularly like about it is that it doesn’t ‘overdo’ the nutrient levels, supplying 100% of the recommended amount of specific vitamins and minerals, not exceeding them.

These wallet-friendly supplements are available from Amazon, or direct from Vegan Vitality with a 15% discount using code VEGAN15

Subscriptions are available too.

Pros

  • Paper packaging
  • Low price
  • Nutrient levels

Cons

  • Capsule

brown glass jar with pink and white label, branded with Miravvi's logo and describing the contents. Contains Miravvi's ultimate skin glow complex supplements. Jar is next to a pink and white banner which confirms the contents are vegan and organic
  • Price: £
  • Type: Capsule

This lovely organic, plant-based supplement from female-owned Miravvi contains ingredients including seaweed and Camu Camu combined with Vitamin C to help support collagen production.

With all ingredients certified as organic, and in glass bottles, you really feel that you are taking a trusted, quality product.

There is no subscription option that I can see, but the product is more reasonably priced than many, although there will be a delivery charge to consider.

Pros

  • Glass bottle
  • Low price
  • Organic

Cons

  • Capsule

FAQs

What are the benefits of collagen supplements?

I did find evidence that collagen can be very helpful. For example, in independent research, there was a meaningful increase in bone density observed in a study group of postmenopausal women following a course of collagen supplementation. This is an incredibly important study for older women, a group that can so often be seen as a lower priority.

Other research findings include:

  • increases in skin elasticity
  • reduction of facial wrinkles
  • improvements in joint pain

These improvements are often backed up by anecdotal evidence too.

However, there are many more claims made about the benefits of collagen supplements and creams, and it should be remembered that some of the research is funded by…well, interested parties like cosmetic companies! On that note, it’s important to know that I found very little evidence to support claims that collagen cream applied to the body externally has much impact. Furthermore, it seems to be widely accepted that any topical application is unlikely to be absorbed deep enough into the skin to derive any benefits from the collagen.

However, that might change presumably if they make the collagen molecules small enough to get through your skin layers – who knows? But for the moment, if you want to increase your collagen levels and production, all the findings I have researched suggest you should use a supplement rather than an external cream. I will update this Best Vegan Collagen Supplements UK guide if I find that changes.

In conclusion then, there are known benefits to effective collagen supplementation.


Does vegan collagen exist?

Until recently, it did not. However, there is now apparently a real vegan collagen alternative called VeCollal® which is available in a limited number of products. There are nearly 30 different forms of collagen, 3 of which are particularly important, and VeCollal® mimics Type 1. This is the most common one and is particularly important for your skin, bones and teeth.

Not only that, it better replicates human collagen than the supplements derived from animals, and doesn’t carry any of the known risks associated with animal-based products either (see the section on non-vegan collagen below).

However, you can’t buy VeCollal® directly; it is sold to brands who then create their own supplements that contain it. So, there are 3 products in my list which contain this vegan collagen alternative. I haven’t found it to be more widely available at the moment (when publishing this Best Vegan Collagen Supplements UK guide) although I’m sure that will change.

But the upshot is that there are now vegan collagen supplements containing exactly the right profile of amino acids, that mimic the collagen in your body, and that stimulate its synthesis – so no more excuses for people who are trying to save their own skins by using dead animals.


Can I improve my collagen levels without supplements?

What you eat, as well as your lifestyle choices, can have a significant impact on your body’s collagen production.Your body needs 3 amino acids in particular to synthesise collagen – glycine, proline and hydroxyproline.

Collagen production also benefits from Zinc and Vitamin C, so to support and encourage that collagen production, try to include some of the foods below:

  • protein sources like tofu and tempeh
  • nuts
  • legumes like lentils
  • beans
  • grains
  • fresh fruit and vegetables, including berries

There are also preventative measures that you can take to avoid activities that slow down collagen production:

  • limit sun exposure
  • don’t smoke
  • drink alcohol sensibly
  • get enough sleep
  • take regular exercise
  • eat a nutritious, balanced diet and limit your intake of ultra-processed foods

Research References

I carried out a lot of research before writing this guide and some of my references can be found below:

Effect of Oral Collagen Peptide supplementation

How VeCollal® works

Infographic on Heavy Metal Contamination in Non-Vegan Collagen Supplements

Harvard Collagen study

Healthline

It’s worth noting at this point that I am no scientist, simply someone who is very interested and therefore wanted to write this Best Vegan Collagen Supplements UK guide. I hope that it persuades at least some people currently using animal-derived collagen supplements that there is now a very real and effective vegan alternative.

However, please note that it is always advisable to speak to a trained medical professional if you are considering any form of dietary or nutritional supplement. This is of particular importance if you are on medication, pregnant, or planning a pregnancy.

Penny Barkas


Comments

5 responses to “The 7 Best Vegan Collagen Supplements in the UK”

  1. D. Limbrick avatar
    D. Limbrick

    Hello – Having read your reviews on vegan collagen, I treated myself to some Feel Pro Collagen (actually set up a subscription). I’ve taken it for a couple of weeks and wondered what the artificial sweet taste was. To my horror I checked today and it contains Erythritol. If you read about this it is, potentially, carcinogenic (even though it’s ‘naturally occurring’ ). Feel claim that their product is free of all nasties associated with animal products but omit to mention that they’re using a particularly nasty additive and not being honest with their customers.

    I thought you ought to know.

    1. Thank you for your comments on this review. I am undertaking some (amateur!) research as a result and looking at the emerging studies, although it’s important to note that this sweetener is still widely used in the food and supplement industries, and is currently considered to be ‘safe’.

      For clarity, this ingredient is used in Feel’s pro collagen powder, but is not present in the gels.

      I have contacted Feel for their comments. Thank you again for your thoughts on this, I appreciate it.

      1. Feel responded very quickly to this concern, and I think their response is reassuring. I have reproduced it in full below:

        We understand that there have been controversies surrounding the use of Erythritol, but we’d like to clarify some important points here.First and foremost, the Erythritol utilised in our Feel supplement is derived from natural sources through fruit and fermentation processes. This makes it a natural form of sweetener, unlike some synthetic alternatives. Moreover, it is worth noting that our own bodies naturally produce Erythritol endogenously, and it is found abundantly in many foods we consume daily. These sources include fruits, vegetables, and various fermented foods, such as beer, cheese, cake, and wine.In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers Erythritol to be safe for consumption precisely because it is a naturally occurring compound. This regulatory agency rigorously evaluates the safety of food additives and ingredients, and their approval is a testament to the safety of Erythritol. Additionally, we take the utmost care in formulating all our products. Our team of expert nutritionists selects high-quality, natural ingredients that undergo rigorous testing. This commitment to quality ensures that our supplements, including those containing Erythritol, meet the highest standards of safety and effectiveness.We understand that there is a wealth of research available regarding the use of Erythritol, but it’s crucial to consider the reliability of these studies. As with any scientific research, the quality and credibility of the studies can vary. Please be assured we only use ingredients and dosages that have been thoroughly researched and are safe to consume in our products.

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for your research. I didn’t notice any products with vollagen – is that not a liable source of vegan collagen. Apparently it too contains the same amino acids complex as human collagen (and I actually think it’s a lot cheaper). What would you say?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Mitul. Thanks for your comment. I hadn’t heard of vollagen, so thank you for bringing it to my attention. I include only those products that I have tried personally and believe to be worthwhile purchases, so I’ll do a bit of research and if I get the chance to try some out (and if I like it!) I will add it to my guide. Thanks again for contacting Vegan Mum.

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