Collagen is quickly becoming the superfood of choice in the wellness world, and for good reason. Collagen is the wonder supplement for everything from aching joints to aging skin. But there's more to this nutrient than just popping a pill - it can be hard to find easy and delicious ways to make it part of your everyday routine so you can actually reap all those great benefits!
The part most people don’t know? How to actually incorporate the stuff into their diet. While it’s great in smoothies, collagen is actually incredibly versatile — it’s easy to use throughout your day. Here are three ways to incorporate collagen in your diet.
First things first: What is collagen, anyway?
Collagen is one of the most common proteins in the body. In fact, it makes up about a third of the body’s protein content. It’s one of the building blocks of the human body and can help to improve your health, both below and above the surface. It also plays an important role in maintaining skin elasticity, connective tissue flexibility, and even bone strength. Collagen contains glycine, an amino acid with proven anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. Unfortunately, collagen production declines as we age, and we’re consuming far less of it from natural sources than we used to – that’s why you should include collagen into your daily meal routine.
The simplest way to add collagen to your diet
The collagen powder is a staple among those looking to heal their gut, get glowing skin, and have strong nails and hair. Hydrolyzed collagen (or “collagen peptide”) powder is the most simple way to add collagen to your diet. Collagen powder usually has no flavor and dissolves easily in beverages, smoothies, soups and sauces. We especially like to add it into our Pink Power Smoothie, or Green Glow Bowls – but it also works perfectly to bake with, so why not invite friends over for a slice of collagen cake. If you don’t make smoothies or like to bake you can easily add it to your morning coffee or a simple glass of water. Remember that 3 grams of collagen makes up for your daily dose of collagen peptides and it is always beneficial to take your supplement with some vitamin C as that works as a carrier in your body. Take a vitamin C capsule with your glass of water or eat a slice of orange.
A quick note: Always look for very high-quality collagen peptides to derive the most benefits. Look for a brand that’s 100 percent grass-fed and quality-testedCheck out our delicious collagen smoothie bowl - the Green Glow Bowl
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Food that boosts your body’s natural collagen production
When your body makes collagen, it combines amino acids — nutrients you get from eating protein-rich foods, like beef, chicken, fish, beans, eggs and dairy products.
The process also requires vitamin C, zinc and copper. You can get vitamin C by eating citrus fruits, red and green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and greens. You can get the minerals by eating meats, shellfish, nuts, whole grains and beans. But as you age, however, your body may no longer absorb nutrients as well or synthesize them as efficiently. To make sure your body has enough ingredients to make collagen, you may need to change what you eat or recommended take dietary collagen supplements and vitamins (C, Zinc and Copper).
Eating collagen-rich food
In addition to healthy servings of foods packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, we can recommend the collagen-boosting brew: bone broth. You can buy it in grocery stores or make it yourself and there are plenty of tasty recipes online.