Getting plenty of exercise and eating a healthy diet that includes both collagen-rich foods and foods that promote collagen production — like bone broth, berries, citrus fruits (rich in Vitamin C), cashews and gelatin — are a few ways to help keep the important parts of our bodies well-oiled and strong.
In addition to supplementing with daily collagen, it’s easy to start incorporating more collagen and collagen promoting foods into your diet. Foods rich in collagen are from animal proteins, especially those with a lot of tough connective tissue present like brisket and roasts. A simple swap to incorporate more collagen is by replacing traditional broths with bone broth. The flavor will be stronger and you’ll get both collagen and minerals that you otherwise wouldn’t have gotten from non-bone broth.
High protein foods including meat, eggs, fish and poultry are also believed to nurture your body's own collagen production because they contain the amino acids (glycine, proline, hydroxyproline) that make up collagen. Among other nutrients, collagen production also requires zinc, which you can naturally boost in your diet by filling your plate with shellfish, legumes, nuts and seeds, citrus fruit, berries, and bell peppers.