Collagen has been a beauty buzzword for a long time, and with good reason. It plays an essential role in maintaining the youthfulness and vitality of one’s appearance, and so much more. As the body's most plentiful protein, it supports the health of our joints, muscles, organs, and arteries, as well as bones and teeth. Collagen is especially important to our skin, where it can be found in each layer contributing to cell repair, wound healing, structural support, nutrient uptake, and filtering out toxins. Its reputation as a fountain of youth has made it a sought-after ingredient in beauty products, aesthetic treatments, and supplements.
Our bodies produce collagen throughout our lifetimes, but as we age, our natural production of collagen slows down. This can be especially visible in the skin, which relies on collagen to stay firm and resilient. Decreased collagen manifests as wrinkles and fine lines, sagging skin, and other signs of aging. Boosting your collagen levels through various means, including diet and aesthetic treatments, maintains that youthful glow from the inside out. Here are the top five foods to add to your diet for collagen support.
1. Egg Whites
Besides being rich in collagen itself, egg whites have significant amounts of lysine and proline, two of the amino acids we need to produce our own collagen.
2. Bone Broth
Also known simply as soup stock, broth made from animal bones is rich in collagen as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, all of which our bodies use in the production of collagen.
If you’re not a fan of oysters, sub in any shellfish. For your body to produce collagen, it needs an ample supply of copper, manganese, and zinc. These can all be found in shellfish.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C from citrus fruits, red and green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and greens help the amino acids lysine and proline convert to collagen. Another skin-friendly fact is that it neutralizes the free radicals responsible for breaking down elastin and collagen in the skin.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes and other orange vegetables such as carrots contain restorative beta-carotene and provitamin A carotenoids, which help destroy the free radicals that break down collagen. Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up some Japanese sweet potatoes as well—they’re packed with hyaluronic acid, another skin superhero.
Other excellent foods for collagen include fermented products like sauerkraut, garlic, which is both a powerful antioxidant and helps rebuilds damaged collagen fibers, soy, and white tea.
Our body’s natural production of collagen requires a healthy, balanced diet. As we age, however, your body may no longer absorb nutrients as well or synthesize them as efficiently. That’s when it makes sense to turn to other sources of collagen. Collagen supplements are on the market in various forms, primarily in pills and in powder form, which can be mixed into food or drink and ingested.
An important thing to note is that supplements aren’t held to the same rigorous process of testing and quality control as prescription pharmaceuticals, so it’s best to be cautious. Inof 14 popular collagen supplements by a consumer supplement testing company, while all products contained the levels of collagen indicated on the bottles, one also contained high levels of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal. The idea that a pill will keep us looking forever young is a nice one, but it’s not that simple. Luckily, there are aesthetic treatments that are clinically proven to boost collagen safely and effectively.
Unlike supplements, the science behind medical aesthetics is sound, proven, and effective.
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