In our first article we learned what collagen is and in our last article we learned why collagen is so important to our health. In this article we start to put some meat on the bones (sorry, could not resist) and look at ways to increase collagen in our diet.

Grandma Was Right, Drink Your Bone Broth

Isn’t Grandma always right? Yes, drinking plenty of bone broth is a great way to increase the collagen in your diet. As we have learned, bones contain plenty of collagen, so cooking bones releases the collagen and produces gelatin (simply the cooked form of collagen).

If you make bone broths a regular part of your diet you should give yourself a pat on the back. Go ahead, we’ll wait. Welcome back. Did you notice how firm and tight the skin on your back was? That’s because you eat lots of bone broth.

Would Grandma Approve of Grain Fed Cows?

When you eat collagen from the bones of an animal, that collagen will only be as nutrient dense as the diet of the animal. A cow that has been locked in a stall all day and feed corn and grain is not going to produce the same collagen as a pasture raised cow who grazes on grass.

To make matters worse, what about cows who have been fed feed that is treated with pesticides and hormones – do you really want to have collagen from this type of animal?

Two Choices For Increasing Collagen In Your Diet

We believe there are just two viable choices if you want to increase the collagen in your diet. The first is make or buy bone broth that is made from only pasture raised, grass fed animals that have not been touched by pesticides or hormones.

The second choice is to buy a high quality collagen or gelatin supplement, that is made only from pasture raised, grass fed cattle that have not been touched by pesticides or hormones.

We are all for getting the vast majority of our nutrients from whole foods. This is the idea behind the Paleo and Weston A Price eating plans, and we fully support this philosophy. If you can have bone broth, from grass-fed, organic cows everyday – that is a great way to go.

In the crazy, hectic life that we all lead these days, it can be a challenge to have bone broth on a daily basis. For this reason, taking a collagen supplement can be an easy way to sneak some additional collagen into your family’s diet.

How To Supplement with Collagen

Hydrolyzed Collagen is tasteless and easily dissolves in hot or cold liquids, there really is no excuse for not adding collagen to your diet! Mix a scoop or two in water, juice, tea or a smoothie. You will not taste it, but your body will feel it!

How To Supplement with Gelatin

Bovine Gelatin can be used in any recipe that calls for gelatin or a gelling or thickening agent. Our gelatin works great in soups, fruit gelatin, gummy treats, custards, marshmallows and more.

To learn how to get the most out of our Perfect Bovine Gelatin, please read our article – Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most out of Gelatin.

Are All Collagen Supplements The Same?

No, no and no! Much like the hamburger you buy at McDonalds is not the same as the local, free range, organic beef patty you get at Whole Foods. They are both called hamburgers, but there is a world of difference between the two products!

The problem is, low quality collagen supplements can come in beautiful bottles with lots of flowery language on the label. Life would be much easier if low quality collagen supplements were all packaged like this…

Unfortunately, a bottle of low quality collagen looks pretty much the same as a bottle of high quality collagen. However, if you know the right questions to ask, you can quickly separate the best from the worst when it comes to collagen.

How to Find High Quality Collagen Supplements

We have come up with simple Tests you can try on any collagen supplement. If the manufacturer can answer YES to all these questions, you have found a very high quality collagen supplement…

If you use our Tests for High Quality Collagen Supplements in the next article, you will find a wide range of scores. Let’s be honest, there will be the cheap garbage supplements – the stuff that only earned 1-3 points on the test.

You will have plenty of supplements in the middle of the pack, with a 4-6 point score.

Keep researching and you may even find a handful of quality collagen supplements that score in the 7-8 range.

But, we have spent some time together now – I feel I know you. You want the best. When you put something into your body, you want to know it is the safest, purest and most effective product on the market.

So now continue on to our final article Perfect Hydrolized Collagen and Bovine Gelatin for PROOF that Perfect Collagen supplements are the best on the market.