As a woman in my thirties, 34 to be exact, I have already started to see more fine lines than I’d like. When I see old school photos of myself, apart from those awful thick glasses and wired braces, my skin had a more taut, bouncy, youthful appearance. After learning that with age comes the gradual breakdown of collagen (which is the protein responsible for skin elasticity), I am always looking for ways to rebuild that collagen. As you may have recalled from my latest beauty post, I briefly mentioned my experiment with dietary collagen in the form of collagen drinks. My hope is that by actually ingesting collagen, it would be more effective (and cheaper!) in achieving stronger skin elasticity than being simply dependent on purchasing creams/serums with collagen. For today’s post, I want to share with you ten collagen-producing food that we can easily shop for at our local grocery store. I hope you find this helpful!
Salmon and tuna are excellent sources of omega fatty acids, which create an ideal environment for collagen production.
Start stocking up on that j-e-l-l-o because eating gelatin can also help your body manufacture collagen. Gelatin can also be produced at home from cooking a pot roast that contains a lot of connective tissues. A slow-simmering pot roast can yield both meat and broth full of gelatin, thanks to the breakdown of collagen in the meat.
Rich in plant steroids and vitamin E (which is also great for reducing age spots and inflammation), avocado oil is compatible with the natural oils in our skin. With its ability to penetrate deep in our skin, it has proven to be an effective moisturizer as well as increasing collagen in the skin and stimulating new collagen production.
Beans not only stimulate collagen production, but they also contain the all-important hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid holds water that plump up our skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
A major source of omega-3 fats, and vitamins E and B, flax seeds provide skin benefits from its healthy fat that support and plump our skin cells. Other seeds and raw nuts that are also packed with protein and supports collagen production include pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chestnuts, peanuts, walnuts.
DARK LEAFY GREENS
Dark green veggies like spinach, kale, and collards are packed with vitamins C and A, which are collagen-producing agents. Vitamin C, also a powerful antioxidant, is especially important in rebuilding collagen.
Cheese, tofu, or soymilk for example, contain genistein. Genistein is a plant-derived estrogen that gives soy products their collagen production qualities and blocks enzymes that can cause aging skin.
Rich in sulfur, eating garlic can increase collagen production in our joints and skin. Garlic also contain lipoic acid and taurine, both of which help rebuild damaged collagen.
Carrots and sweet potatoes for example, are abundant in vitamin A, which curbs the breakdown of collagen as well as regenerating damaged collagen. They also repair the cellular structure of the epidermis (outermost layer of our skin), which protects us from those harmful UV rays.
RED FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Strawberries, apples, red beets, tomatoes, or red peppers are all anti-aging foods that increase collagen. Packed with the lycopene antioxidant, red fruits and veggies boost collagen and protect our skin against sun damage.