Collagen. It’s the protein ‘glue’ that binds our body together.
You’ve probably seen it in your local vitamin store, or as an additional ingredient in your favourite body lotion.
Collagen is the most abundant protein present in our bodies, present in bones, muscles, tendons, and our handy digestive system. It’s what helps give our skin its elasticity as well as helping it to shed dead skin cells from our body.
And on the inside, the amino acids present in collagen work wonders for joint cartilage and bone strength.
Though you can easily access collagen supplements online and in-store, you might be surprised to know that you can find healthy amounts of it in everyday foods and ingredients.
One of the most effective sources of collagen comes in bone broth. Simmering bones in vinegar water will unlock vital nutrients stored away in the marrow, as well as releasing other connective tissues into the water.
If a hearty serving of bone broth doesn’t sound like your cup of, well, broth, then fear not.
Dark green vegetables, such as kale and spinach, are packed with Vitamin C and help boost collagen naturally. Other surprising foods that can help your body produce collagen include garlic, berries, and sweet potato!
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