Eating to combat inflammation can seem like a daunting endeavor—between the different sources of inflammation and the laundry list of foods to add to your diet, it can seem like more hassle than what it's worth. Here to simplify this process is Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND, author of the New York Times best-selling book Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Diet, who swears by just one inflammation-fighting food: Collagen.
"Collagen may seem like an unlikely tool in the battle against inflammation, but it's one of the best ways to keep your body from being in a constant inflammatory state," she writes over on MindBodyGreen. "Collagen's anti-inflammatory powers come from the role that it plays in our gut health. A healthy gut can reduce inflammation throughout the whole body. It also plays an important role in maintaining skin elasticity, connective tissue flexibility, and even bone strength."
More specifically, Petrucci gets her daily dose of collagen in the form of bone broth (we love Bonafide Provisions' organic chicken version), sardines, and supplements. "If you're just starting to supplement with collagen, make sure to allow enough time for its effects to show up," she explains. "It may take eight weeks before you notice a reduction in inflammation, visible changes in skin texture, and improvement in joint health."
Have you experimented with collagen, bone broth, or supplements? Share your review in the comments below, and head over to MindBodyGreen for more.