Once upon a time, the word ‘collagen’ would have made you think of a heavily botoxed woman with a trout pout. But these days, it’s more commonly understood that while collagen can be injected, it’s also a naturally occurring substance in the body. A long-chain amino acid and the most abundant protein in the body, collagen is essentially the glue that holds our body together. It’s what keeps our skin elastic and our joints and bones strong.
As we age, our body’s collagen production gradually starts to slow — which is why our skin sags and wrinkles, our bones grow weary and our hair loses some of its ‘oomph.’ There’s not much we can do to stop this natural degeneration process, but what we can do is supplement with ingestible collagen.
Chances are, you’ve seen collagen supplements around in powder or pill form — they’ve been having a serious moment lately. But recently, another type of ingestible collagen has emerged and it happens to be way more delicious. Thanks to a growing number of collagen-infused food products, you can now eat your way to glowing skin and hair commercial-worthy locks.
Scroll through the gallery for 5 of the best edible collagen products.
1. NeoCell Collagen Cookie Bar
These gluten-free, paleo-friendly bars are packed with a whopping 6.1 grams of Grass-Fed NeoCell Collagen, as well as high quality fats, fiber and protein. You can find it at Whole Foods Market, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens, CVS and health and natural product retailers worldwide.
2. Bulletproof Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bar
It’s hard to believe you can improve your hair and skin by munching on fudge brownie, but this Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bar makes it possible! It also has added Bulletproof Brain Octane® oil and XCT® oil to boost your brain power.
3. Nature’s Way Collagen Berry Gummies
These berry gummies have unparalleled beauty benefits, thanks to being formulated with anti-ageing bioactive collagen peptides, which selectively target skin cells in a way that many other collagen products cannot.
Shop the Nature’s Way Collagen Berry Gummies.
4. Primal Kitchen Coconut Cashew Bar
This low-sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free bar is made from all natural ingredients, including grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen. It also comes in a range of other delicious flavours, like chocolate hazelnut and macadamia sea salt.
Shop the Primal Kitchen Coconut Cashew Bar.
5. NeoCell Beauty Bursts
Next time you’re craving candy, why not go for these beauty-boosting soft fruit chews instead? Not only are they packed with collagen, they’re enriched with vitamin C to assist with collagen production and hyaluronic acid for hydrating the skin.
Shop the Neocell Beauty Bursts.