Foods Rich in Collagen
So you want to add collagen to your diet. Eating collagen rich foods and taking collagen supplements are two ways to do just that. Which foods have collagen?
Eating a well-rounded diet can provide the right building blocks: amino acids, vitamins, minerals needed to create collagen and antioxidants to prevent the the breakdown of collagen. So what are the best collagen rich foods?
Bone broth is one popular option. While you can get lots of goodness including minerals and collagen-building amino acids,bone broth can differ widely and depends on the source of the bones used. There are many recipes online to create bone broth.
Eggs can help. Egg whites are known to have lots of proline amino acids required to create collagen.
Fruits! Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits, tomatoes, and berries have long been known as good for the skin. Eat tropical fruits too, like pineapples and mangos. These fruits are all high in vitamin C which is a critical nutrient needed in collagen production. So incorporate more citrus and fruits in your diet. Berries like blueberries have a high amount of skin protecting antioxidants.
Chicken is also a popular source of collagen especially the white meat. Chicken cartilage and chicken necks are also good sources. Maybe save that turkey neck next Thanksgiving?
While fish and shellfish are known to have collagen, the meat parts tend to have less collagen. If you’re ok with chomping on fish eyes, heads, skin, and scales, well that’s where the most of the fish collagen is.
If you’re eating spinach, kale and other leafy greens, you are protecting your skin as these foods are high in antioxidant chlorophyll while facilitating collagen production.
Nuts and beans provide another protein source as well as several minerals that all play a part in collagen production.
Some foods high in sulfur, like garlic, help to strengthen collagen in the body. So don’t be afraid to kick it up a notch in the kitchen.
While most of us strive to eat as healthy as possible, we don’t always have the time to create bone broth from scratch, or eat a kale salad at work, or eat a grapefruit at the gym. And as we get older that extra collagen boost is a good addition for healthier skin, hair, nails and joints. Fortunately, products like Harmony Proteins™ Beauty Collagen Water drink mixes provide an easy way to supplement your collagen intake quickly.
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