One Of The Best Ways to Consume Collagen

Besides eating collagen-rich organs such as tripe (stomach lining) or tendon, the best way to consume get collagen through diet is from bone broths. Mahmood A. Aljumaily a surgeon at a prestigious university in Iraq recognized that, in his words, “the use of bone broth supplementation by the common folk for promoting the fracture-healing process is an old practice in our community.” He then wanted to investigate whether the practice actually produced noticeable benefits for healing fractures. So he designed a study, in which he fed rabbits with fractures either normal chow (control group) or normal chow fortified with bone stock (study group. When he compared the density of newly built bone, five weeks later, the density of the healing bone callus (new bone substance) in the study group was nearly two times that of the control group.1


Bone broth floods your blood stream with extraordinary molecules, known as glycosaminoglycans, which head directly to the parts of the body that need collagen most.These Glycosaminoglycans can hold enormous amounts of water, up to 1,000 times their own weight, which coats your joint tissues in micro (very tiny), electrically charged clouds. This transforms ordinary water molecules into a protective layer of super-lubricating fluid.3   Want more reasons why these molecules are incredible. These special molecules will inherently adhere to collagen anywhere in our bodies, moistening dry skin, helping tendons and ligaments stay supple, and can even make you look and feel younger.4,5


The ability of your collagen to stand up to gravity depends on a special member of the collagen family called elastin. Elastin can be pictured as the latticework of interconnected proteins that function like molecular springs. When our elastin has sprung it shows itself as wrinkling in our skin.6 Our skin, arteries, lungs, and ligaments contain the most elastin, which gives these tissues their elastic consistency and ability to rebound after stretching. Your body makes enough elastin, up until around our teenage years, to last us a lifetime. As UC Davis anatomy professor, Charles G. Plopper, tells us “the half-life of elastin matches the life-span of the species.”7 This suggests that elastin plays a key role in determining life expectancy, or at least healthy life expectancy. While it is great that we make a lifetime of collagen in by our teenager years, this is also a drawback. Which is that as far as anyone knows, elastin is only possible to make during periods of rapid growth. This is because, elastin depends on desmosine cross-link,8 a unique chemical bond that’s extremely difficult to manufacture. It can only be produced when your body is flooded with hormones and growth factors. This occurs during embryotic life, early childhood growth spurts, and adolescence. One of the best things you can do to reduce inflammation that can activate the elastin-destruction process, which is more than what is seen with normal aging, is to avoid harmful vegetable oils.

  7. The Lung: Development, Aging and the Environment, Plopper C (editor), Elsevier Publishing, 2003, p. 259.

Supplement Of the Week

Thorne – Basic Bone Nutrients

Ingredients (Each Capsule Contains)

  • Vitamin D (as Vitamin D3)12.5 mcg (500 IU)
  • Vitamin K [as Vitamin K2 (from MK-7)]* 45 mcg
  • Calcium (as Dicalcium Malate) 200mg
  • Magnesium (as Dimagnesium Malate) 50 mg
  • Other Ingredients
    • Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule
    • Calcium Laurate


Instructions (Suggested Use)

  • Take 1 capsule,1-4 times daily or as recommended by a health-care professional

*Servings per Container: 120 capsules