How can you naturally boost collagen?
Glycine and proline are classified as “conditional” amino acids rather than “essential” because under ideal conditions, the body can make enough of these amino acids without getting them from food. But in today’s stressed-out, toxified world, it’s a good bet that you’re not getting enough of one or both.
In addition, glycine is made by the liver. But the liver only produces a limited amount, which it uses for detoxification purposes. This may not leave enough left for all the other functions glycine plays in the body.
Further, glycine is mostly found in the cartilage, tendons, bones, and skin of animals. And we don’t typically eat these “tough” parts as I already mentioned. Thus, it’s always a good idea to consume foods that DO contain high concentrations of collagen proteins.
Foods that contain collagen building amino acids:
The healthiest sources of collagen proteins include bone broth, collagen protein powders, and gelatin. Let’s briefly explore each of these superfoods…
- Bone Broth
Bone broth (which I often refer to as “liquid gold”) is a rich source of collagen proteins, such a glycine and proline. It provides all of the benefits I discussed above and many more.
I especially love bone broth’s ability to give you dewy, healthy, youthful skin (while healing your gut and reducing inflammation at the same time).
Fillers and Botox are not the only way to tackle physical imperfections. Botox focuses on freezing the muscles of problem areas, but it does nothing to replace the collagen that makes your skin smooth and radiant
Thus, the only permanent way to plump your skin and reduce wrinkles is to address the root cause–collagen deficiency. And one of the best “medicines” for that is bone broth.
- Collagen Protein Powders
We’ve discussed collagen protein powders in detail above. But I want to emphasize again the convenience of using a collagen supplement.
Hydrolyzed collagen easily dissolves in both hot and cold water. Thus, it’s perfect for adding to your coffee, tea, or smoothie. You can also easily add it to soups, stews, dressings, and many other recipes.
Collagen protein powders are especially great when you’re on the go. My Collagen Drinks are delicious, convenient, and only need to be mixed with water to enjoy (and reap all the benefits).
As a reminder, gelatin is essentially cooked collagen. It’s in bone broth, but you can also buy pure gelatin powder and use it to make a variety of collagen boosting recipes.
Here are some of my favorite gelatin dessert recipes: