Within the personal care and cosmetics industry, use of the term “plant collagen” has become widespread. What exactly does it mean?
The plant and vegetable substitutes for animal collagen are frequently hydrolysed wheat proteins - used for their perceived safety benefits. Typically, hydrolysed wheat proteins are manufactured from insolubilised total flour proteins or from gluten. Plant collagen is made also by modifying polysaccharides (natto gum) through fermentation of yeast.
Benefits of plant collagen for skin
Plant collagens used in cosmetics are heated and denatured simple proteins in the form of gelatins, which may exist at room temperature. They are biologically inactive. Therefore there is no benefit to use plant collagen on cosmetics. People started to use it in cosmetics, when BSE discriminated bovine products.
Plant collagen vs animal collagen
Natural Collagen is derived from fish collagen. It is absolutely safe and 100% biologically active. Remember – collagen is a protein made up of three polypeptide strands, creating a left handed triple helical structure and it is produced only in vertebrate’s cells.