Collagen has become one of the most trendy supplements on the market. But what if you could get collagen through food, instead of paying a pretty penny for its supplement form? Learn more about the foods we recommend focusing on to get enough collagen in your diet, as well as what collagen even does for your body, here. Then, we’ll explore how Pure Plates meal delivery service can play a role in your health goals.
What is collagen?
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body. It connects tissues to other tissues and is therefore a major component of skin, bones, cartilage, and muscles. Because of its functionality, it helps to prevent stretching.
Collagen as we age
As we age, our bodies make less and less collagen. This may lead to more wrinkles and hair thinning, or less rapid hair growth. Collagen production is also important for joint health. Collagen production also decreases due to factors in our own control such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor sleep, and sun exposure.
Because of collagen’s role specifically on our appearance as we age, as well as our joints, it’s become a major focus for individuals and their health. And remember – Pure Plates makes healthy eating ridiculously simple, including getting your collagen in!
Food sources of collagen
Since collagen is responsible for healthy joints and elasticity of our skin, let’s discuss which foods to focus on to increase your collagen intake.
Collagen is found naturally in many foods such as meat and fish. This is because these specific animal products contain connective tissue in them. While plant-based foods do not contain connective tissue, they do contain components that can help to make collagen within our body. Bone broth is another form of collagen that is particularly trendy to consume these days.
The amino acids found in plant-based foods that aids in collagen production include glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. Foods that include these amino acids are legumes and soy. Collagen production also needs specific nutrients such as vitamin C and zinc in order to make quantities. Zinc is found in foods such as legumes, meats, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruit, berries, leafy greens, and tomatoes.
Collagen sources at Pure Plates
Pure Plates offers many collagen-containing foods. Firstly, Pure Plates offers a meat and fish-specific menu. As we’ve mentioned, animal products have collagen in them. Some of our favorite meat dishes at Pure Plates at the moment are our Fiesta Chicken Quesadilla, Turkey and Spinach Lasagna, or our Pan Seared Salmon with Pesto. Pure Plates also offers many collagen-producing menu items, including Ranch with Friends, Cage Free Breakfast, and Quinoa Kale Salad.
If you’re looking to better your health as you age, Pure Plates has your back (and your skin, hair, and joints!) covered. There’s no subscription required and you’ll save time, money, and effort by having healthy prepared meals delivered straight to your door.