What do berries and bone broth have in common?

Suppose you’re interested in things like keeping your collagen production strong. In that case, you’re probably already familiar with the various treatments, such as microneedling, that can help stimulate your body’s synthesis of this protein, and we’re big fans of those treatments here! But there’s something you can do between these treatments that can also make a big difference in your skin and overall health: prioritize certain foods for collagen production in your diet.

The best part is, these foods aren’t just healthy; they’re delicious! 

To start, we’ll look at some foods containing compounds your body needs to synthesize collagen. These foods aren’t direct collagen sources, but they nonetheless perform a vital function within the production of collagen and support skin and general health in countless other ways besides collagen production!

The body’s collagen production requires lots of vitamin C; fortunately, foods with high amounts of vitamin C are usually particularly tasty. Here are some of our favorites to incorporate:

– Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes 

– Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries

– Red and yellow bell peppers

– Tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and kiwi

– Tomatoes

– Leafy greens like spinach, kale and chard

These antioxidant-rich foods also contain various other nutrients that support skin health. Like to drink your antioxidants? Look no further than your favorite matcha latte or a high-quality green tea. Green tea leaves contain various antioxidants, including a powerful form of catechin (a form of antioxidant) called EGCG, which may be up to 100 times more powerful than vitamin C!

If you’re an omnivore, you’re most likely already eating a fair amount of collagen-rich food in the form of chicken. However, your body builds collagen with amino acids, not just with collagen specifically, so the main thing to focus on is providing your body with plenty of building blocks for collagen production. This can, of course, be in the form of chicken, fish, bone broth, and any other animal-based protein, but it can also come in the form of giving your body a diet rich in various proteins from plant sources. 

So, back to our question about what berries and bone broth have in common: they both give you great skin! Or, to be more specific, they both support collagen production!