Collagen makes up one third of the total protein in the body, which is needed for smoothness and elasticity of your skin, muscles, and joints. In recent years, collagen has become a big topic in terms of how it can aid with more youthful skin and joint, and muscle pain.
Collagen comes in four different categories; I, II, III, and IV. Category I is connective tissues in skin, bones, teeth, and tendons. Category II is in the cartilage of your bones. Category III gives your muscles and joints strength and shape. Category IV is a component of the membranes in the body’s tissues. You will find some of these listed in collagen products on the market if you decide to use supplements versus foods.
Although there are many collagen supplements on the market, eating collagen-rich foods to boost collagen naturally is better and creates the amino acids needed for the synthesis of collagen by the body. Anytime you have boosters you have destroyers, so here is the list of foods to eat and avoid.
9. Bone Broth
A popular broth for collagen boosting is made from beef or chicken bones because bones and connective tissues are full of minerals like calcium, magnesium, collagen, chondroitin, amino acids, and glucosamine. Studies at this time have not confirmed the benefits of this broth.
8. Fish or Shellfish
Marine collagen has been found to be easier to absorb, but it is high in eyeballs, fish heads, and scales…the parts we normally do not eat! It is suggested to make your own fish broth from fish parts.