You’ve probably heard of collagen before, but did you know that it’s one of the most abundant proteins in your body? It’s the glue that holds us together and keeps us moving fluidly. Unfortunately, the amount we have in our body decreases as we age – which is why we might experience arthritis, wrinkles, inflammation, joint problems, and more. Luckily there are natural ways to incorporate collagen into your diet, and it has SO many amazing health and beauty benefits!
14 Benefits of Collagen for your Body
Realfoodology has some really helpful info about what collagen is and how it can help our bodies:
You know the tradition of eating chicken noodle soup when you’re sick? Back in the day, chicken noodle soup was made with actual chicken bones. When boiled down, the broth is SUPER nourishing and full of healthy minerals and collagen. (Nowadays, most soups are made with artificial broths that might not even be made with real bones, and are likely filled with MSG, preservatives, and lots of cheap filler ingredients.)
Collagen is amazing because it:
- Helps combat inflammation, gut problems, digestive issues, and acid reflux
- Has powerful healing properties
- Lubricates your joints, muscles, and tendons – helps stiff/swollen joints and arthritis
- Balances hormones
- Keeps you looking youthful
- Makes skin more firm and elastic
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Strengthens hair, teeth, and nails
- Supports your organs (especially your liver and heart)
- Helps build bones
- Lessens allergies
- Improves brain health
- Reduces cellulite and stretch marks
- Boosts metabolism and energy
Natural Sources of Collagen
There are two ways you can incorporate collagen into your diet naturally:
When you’re buying broth at the store, make sure it is made from actual bones. Look for organic and pasture-raised. Avoid broths that have preservatives and additives. You can also make your own at home! Go on Pinterest and look for a DIY recipe. Here’s one that I’ve been meaning to try.
Collagen supplements are an easy way to make sure you’re getting your collagen daily without having to make bone broth all the time. This is how I incorporate collagen in my diet. I use the brand Vital Proteins:
I like this brand because their products are:
- Preservative free
- Whole30 approved
- Gluten free
- rBGH free
- Not given hormones, steroids, or antibiotics
- Grass fed and given plenty of sunshine
These are in powder form, so it’s super easy to just add into a smoothie or even your coffee every day. The Collagen Peptides shown above has no taste so you don’t have to worry about it affecting the taste of your drink. The Collagen Beauty Greens shown in the image for this post is a mix of marine collagen peptides with raw organic greens, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics.
Vital Proteins also makes a Vanilla & Coconut Water flavor. If you are pescatarian, they do make Marine Collagen which is made from wild caught, non-GMO snapper. Or you can try their Beauty Waters that mix right into water!
They also have Organic Bone Broth Collagen. It comes in both chicken and beef. Raised without hormones or antibiotics.
Collagen Saves the Day
I have been using collagen in my morning smoothie for a few months now and definitely noticed that my nails and hair are stronger and grow faster. I feel really energetic and my digestion has improved too. So if you are having problems with inflammation, gut issues, or stiffness, or you just want to have a more youthful look, I definitely suggest incorporating collagen into your diet!
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