Photography by Jennifer Hoffner

If you haven’t noticed already, there’s been a lot of buzz around collagen. You see it on social media in posts about collagen smoothies and bone broth elixirs, and many promises are made. But is collagen the new trend or is the hype legit? Let’s explore.

Collagen is the most copious protein in our body and supports our skin, hair, nails, joints and so much more. As we get older, our body produces less and less of it, and that’s when the first sign of collagen reduction appears in the form of fine lines and wrinkles. So how can we increase our collagen?

Some people prefer getting their collagen boost from invasive and expensive procedures like injecting collagen or micro-needling while others choose to take it orally. Research shows that taking collagen orally has improved skin elasticity, reduced wrinkles and fine lines leaving the skin youthful and glowing.

There are many ways to take collagen. For one, you can eat bone broth which is crafted from bones of grass-fed and pasture raised bovine or chicken. This is the original source of the gelatin we call collagen. You can make it from scratch at home for super cheap, or buy organic and grass-fed broth at your local health food store. I prefer to make mine at home. My go-to is Organic Chicken bone broth because the taste is lighter, whereas the beef is very rich. I usually prepare extra to store in the freezer, so I always have some on hand in between batches. Nothing beats a homemade broth!

You can also boost your collagen by adding the powder form to your coffee or smoothies. I’m sure you’ve seen a post or two on Instagram about this. I’ve been practising this for a few years now myself and have become a devout user. I add collagen powder to my coffee, latte or potion every morning. It’s a game changer! My favorite powders are made by Vital Proteins and you can find them online or at any health food stores. The powders don’t really taste like anything and they blend really well. Now, you’re probably wondering what’s the difference between bone broth vs. the powder. Bone broth powder is essentially bone broth that has been dehydrated and then turned into a powder form. It’s just a matter of personal preference really.

Aside from all the beauty benefits, collagen has been also been known to aid in gut healing and improve arthritis. Bone broth especially has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with better digestion. If bone broth or collagen powders don’t appeal to you, you can also try supplements. Either way, the hype is real. Now with a little help from collagen, we all have a chance at maintaining our health and aging more beautifully than before!