Sip a Skin Smoothie!


InStyle magazine recommends collagen powder as one of “10 Ways to Erase 10 Years”

“Sip a Skin Smoothie!”   That’s Tip # 10 in InStyle magazine’s cover article “Ten Ways to Erase 10 Years” which can found inside on page 223-224 of the November 2014 issue under the title “Ten Ways to Glow for It This Winter.”

Along with the expected powders, blushers, bronzers and peels, the editors have decided to make a few dietary recommendations.   Foodwise, they’re suggesting “plumping the depleted complexion” with a small avocado, handful of almonds, cashews or walnuts or six ounces of salmon every day.   Supplement wise, they suggest a “skin smoothie” from a collagen powder.   Indeed they promise that a scoop of it “in your morning java could give your skin the perk-up it needs.”

Although  dermatologist Marta Rendon says more research is needed, she thinks”recent studies have shown an improvement in the elasticity and overall quality of skin after subjects ingested the protein, more so than when they applied the topical cream.”

If you’ve read Nourishing Broth, which I coauthored with Sally Fallon Morell,  you already know I endorse supplementing with gelatin and/or collagen hydrolysate, particularly products from pasture-raised animals.   (For my favorite brands, click here.)  But better yet is a strong dietary foundation based on collagen-and cartilage-rich bone broths, soups and stews.   In Chapter 19, I wrote:  The anti-aging effect of broth reported most often is the improvement in skin, nails and hair.  Although media attention focuses on collagen products used cosmetically as topicals and injectables, beautiful skin is never just “skin deep.”  Broth feeds the epidermis, dermis and underlying connective tissue layers of the skin from the inside out with the collagen, elastin and other nutrients it needs to plump out.  Broth not only smooths little fret lines that furrow the face but soothes the wounded skin of acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin diseases.

Broth — as well as quality collagen and gelatin products — also promotes anti aging through disease prevention and healing.   It is even known to stop cellulite.   Please share your favorite stories on how broth has helped YOU look and feel good below.

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  1. Catherine says:

    I think my teenage daughter is eating ALL her soup, including the broth, which she would often not finish because I told her how you need collagen to avoid cellulite showing! It did the trick!

  2. Jane Lininger says:

    I am new to bone broth. I am excited to try it. Having been gluten-free and mostly raw for 5 years, my finger heberdon’s node is still inflamed. SO now I am reading that gelatin is a good supplement. I have come across 15 pounds of unopened gelatin powder while cleaning out my mother’s home. They are up to date, 1 pound packages, however, clearly not pasture fed. Would you use this?

    • Sounds like Knox or a similar product. If the product is unopened, probably hasn’t gone bad. I guess it comes down to how comfortable you are consuming animal products that have not been raised humanely and without proper respect to the environment. In terms of what I’d recommend, I see a couple options: 1) Give to a soup kitchen, “meals on wheels” or similar organization. (However I’d talk to someone there first to make sure the product would get used and not just thrown out.) In the past people got together to cook for the hungry. Now the food police have put a stop to that in some communities and only giving away packaged and processed “readymade” stuff. 2) Give to a friend who normally eats supermarket products. Even an imperfectly produced gelatin would be a good addition to his or her diet 3) Hang on to it as a survival food and use in case of emergency — or when you run out of your good Vital Protein product.

      • Jane Lininger says:

        Thank you for your good suggestions. I will order the Vital Protein! I am thinking of making bone broth–having been a vegetarian for 5 years, I have some barriers to overcome…

  3. Melinda Curtis says:

    Hi, I just wanted to add, that I make my bone broth with Pho soup spices. Roasted fresh ginger, star anise, and cinnamon are added along with the cider vinegar. Yum! I have a pot on the stove since last night. I make chicken bone broth the same way.
    I’m 56 and have beautiful smooth skin compared to my contemporaries. It must be the broth!

  4. Your link does not work, at least is not working today and on my computer. I would love to see what brands you recommend.

  5. I have read recently about the toxic effects of microwaving bone broth. My understanding is the L-proline (an amino acid) turns into D=proline which is toxic after microwaving. I freeze my broth in 2 cup increments and heat one cup a day on the stove top.

    • There’s a lot of debate about microwaving. I do not own a microwave and see no reason to take any chances. That said, I would like to see more research. The d versus l proline issue is part of the picture and I mentioned that in the article I wrote years ago “Why Broth is Beautiful.” The reference though is just a letter to a medical journal. Would be good to see more science.

  6. Can you please share how to make it? What brand of gelatin do you recommend?

  7. Amy Kowalak says:

    Could you share the link for your “favorite brands” of gelatin? Thank you!

  8. How do you feel about making broth in a slow cooker?

  9. Thank you for your post. This totally makes sense to me. Although I do think applying a topical cream can also increase the elasticity of your skin, I also think that your body reacts better when you are ingesting the things it needs to function properly. When your body has the correct nutrients I believe you will see an improvement in skin quality.

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