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Alternatives to Bone Broth

Is it just me or is bone broth everywhere lately? I know a lot of people are vegan or simply don't love the taste of it but still want to reap the bone broth benefits of all that skin-loving collagen, so I've put together this guide to some bone broth alternatives to help boost your collagen levels naturally.

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Bone broths and soups are everywhere, especially coming into winter! I know lots of people are keen to pass on a good bone broth recipe, but while they can be good for boosting collagen levels and are a popular way to help maintain overall health, many of us want to replenish our collagen levels in a different way, either because we dislike the taste of bone broth, are vegan or vegetarian, or just aren't sold on the idea of how to make bone broth. Thankfully there are now lots of natural alternatives to bone broth to suit your needs, whether you'd prefer a sweet-tasting marine collagen powder or nutrient-rich vegan supplement to help increase your body's collagen production naturally.

What is bone broth?

Made famous in Australia by Pete Evans, bone broth is made by simmering animal bones, extracting the collagen, proteins, amino acids and minerals. How is bone broth different to stock? Bone broth is often simmered for a long time, around 24 hours, whereas stock can only take a few hours to prepare.1 Bone broth is actually not new though, it has been around for centuries in many different cultures, known for its healing properties and nutritional benefits! Bone broth is believed to help with joint pain, gut function, immunity, and even the health of your skin and hair - this is largely due to it naturally being rich in collagen. Collagen is needed in many parts of our bodies, including our bones, muscles, blood vessels and skin. As we get older our collagen production naturally starts to slow down, making bone broth substitutes such as collagen supplements ideal for those looking to limit signs and symptoms of ageing naturally.

Natural collagen supplements

Shoalhaven Health Co. Natural Marine Collagen - Pomegranate
My personal favourite collagen supplement is the Shoalhaven Health Co. Natural Marine Collagen - Pomegranate. This delicious Pomegranate flavoured powder contains natural marine collagen which is sustainably sourced from deep sea fish. Marine collagen is known for its ability to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as strengthen hair and nails. This powder also contains 2.5 billion probiotics per serve for good gut health! Each serving contains 2.67g of collagen, ideal taken twice daily. You can mix this into any hot or cold drink - I love a teaspoon in my morning coffee for a fresh and fruity flavour as this powder does not taste fishy at all.

The Beauty Chef COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost
An ideal vegan alternative to bone broth, The Beauty Chef COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost is packed with vitamin and antioxidant-rich fermented superfruits such as Acai, Goji and Pomegranate as well as probiotics, designed to boost the skin's natural collagen production process from the inside out. Free from gluten, dairy and added sugar, this natural supplement can be taken diluted in water for plumper, smoother skin and shiny hair and nails.

The Beauty Chef GLOW ADVANCED Inner Beauty Powder
If you prefer a powder, The Beauty Chef GLOW ADVANCED Inner Beauty Powder is one of my all-time best sellers, and with good reason! This Australian made, vegan powder actually works to promote and boost your body's natural collagen production levels as well as regulating the way your skin functions to help give your skin a gorgeous glow. With a fresh berry flavour, this nutrient rich blend contains fermented wholefoods and natural probiotics to support digestive function, and is perfect added to smoothies, juice or water alone.

Beauty Boosters Collagen-C
To help boost both your immunity and your skin's collagen levels, opt for Beauty Boosters Collagen-C. These tablets are packed with vitamin C which, while traditionally used to boost immunity, is also vital in the formation of collagen. Ideal for those with more mature skin starting to see signs of ageing such as fine lines and sagging, this Australian made, vegan and gluten free supplement is designed to help protect skin from environmental damage, support the immune system and promote healthy bones. Take one to two tablets daily with meals, or as directed by your healthcare professional. Take only as directed.

Vida Glow Beauty Skin - Cacao Maple
The Vida Glow Beauty Skin - Cacao Maple is another favourite collagen supplement of mine as it works to encourage collagen production within the body as well as support gut health and defending the body from free radical damage. It's packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, making it great for your hair and nails too! Fermented wholefoods such as Spinach, Chia and Sea Buckthorn are combined with Pea protein and probiotics for a nutrient rich daily supplement with a delicious malty chocolate taste from raw Cacao and natural Maple. Australian made, certified organic, vegan and gluten free, it can be added to smoothies or your choice of milk for a tasty drink that is good for you too.

Amazonia Raw Acai Skin Active
Another amazing vegan collagen boosting supplement is the Amazonia Raw Acai Skin Active. This rich berry elixir contains a fermented Acai probiotic blend which helps to support the body's natural collagen production and fight free radical damage. With 12 billion probiotics per serve, this certified organic blend can also help with digestion and gut health. Take one 30ml shot daily or dilute in water.

Source: 1 Sydney Morning Herald.

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