Collagen is one of the most important proteins for radiant skin. It is the most common and abundant form of protein in the body. It can be found in many tissues of the bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and the digestive system.
When we are younger collagen levels are high. Our skin is softer, smoother, and firmer. When we age our collagen levels drop. Wrinkles and sagging skin increase, and we lose elasticity.
We must consume antioxidants to boost collagen levels and to support healthy skin. Our body does not produce them. The main skin antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E, and resveratrol, are found abundantly in fresh fruit and vegetables.
You need to eat a “rainbow” of fresh vegetables and fruit to make sure you get enough of these beauty-promoting nutrients. Vegetables and fruit are also delicious to eat.
Include the following foods in your diet to boost collagen naturally:
- black currant
- green leafy vegetables
- sweet potatoes
- green peppers
- red peppers
- green tea
- yerba mate
- licorice extract
- mulberry extract
- pomegranate extract
- basil, oregano, and thyme essential oils
One 2015 study found that organically grown fruit and vegetables provided even more antioxidants. If you can, switch to organic produce. It would be the equivalent of eating one or two extra portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
Another important factor is that Vitamin C may protect the skin against the harmful effects of UVB rays from the sun. Sun protection and sun awareness are key components of my Skin Wellness Game Plan. Contact me to get your skin type and a personalized Skin Wellness Game Plan.
4 May, 2017
Natural Health News
by Fiona Waring, Tipper Lewis and Susan Curtis
Published by Dorling Kindersley