Hear the word “collagen” mentioned in relation to beauty and it’s likely your mind jumps to the lip augmentation craze that took the ‘90s by storm. Not so fast. Health and beauty geeks have a new reason to laud the eight-letter word, and it has everything to do with looking and feeling your best.
A diet that’s rich in collagen supports the health and vitality of your skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. Derived from the Greek word kolla, which means glue, collagen is truly the adhesive that holds our skin, organs, tendons, bones, and ligaments together. In fact, there are more than 15 different types of collagen in the human body.
Unfortunately, due to modern food processing, our diets today contain less collagen than those of our ancestors. Additionally, triggers like high-sugar diets, stress, dehydration, and radiation can cause a natural decline in collagen production. Our bodies are in need of a boost.
Thankfully, there are numerous ways to increase your intake of collagen.
One of the most popular amongst and healthy and beauty junkies (ahem, Gwyneth) is a product called collagen peptides from Vital Proteins. Derived from bovine hides, this flavorless powder is soluble in hot or cold liquids, and a scoop or two can easily be added to your morning coffee or hint water. Fans of the stuff (including yours truly) have seen quick improvements, including stronger nails, healthier hair, and more youthful looking skin, in a matter of weeks.
You can also up your intake of collagen by consuming bone broth. Easily heated and consumed like tea, bone broth can help restore your gut lining, boost your immune system, and improve the appearance of your skin.
Vitamin C doesn’t contain collagen, but it can help to boost the formation of collagen. To inspire your body to produce more collagen, be sure to consume fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin C, and get at least your recommended daily allowance.
As an alternative to bovine or chicken-derived collagen supplements, fish collagen supplements (like Vital Protein’s collagen peptides from non-GMO wild-caught snapper) are also an option. This type of collagen is great for skin’s elasticity (read: anti-aging), as well as for bones, joints, vital organs, blood vessels, and digestion.
Feel good, look good. What’s not to love?
Note: Collagen is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent diseases. Consult your physician if you have any questions about whether it’s right for you.
Have you boarded the collagen bandwagon? What are you using?