6 foods that naturally boost your collagen
Collagen is like scaffolding to the skin, it gives it strength and structure so it doesn’t sag or look droopy. While a good regular skincare routine can make a huge difference, there are specific foods that help with the production of collagen. Now don’t worry, you won’t have to start eating shark teeth salad or anything like that, they are healthy foods that many of you probably have in your diet already.
All berries are good but especially BLUEBERRIES as they contain phytonutrients that help build collagen fibres and they are loaded with anti-oxidants that fight skin ravaging free radicals.
DARK LEAFY GREENS such as spinach, kale and swiss chard are all rich in vitamin C and A and encourage the body to produce more collagen. You will be happy to know they are also particularly good cancer protection foods.
A few studies have shown that vegetables containing sulfur, such as GARLIC, help to increase collagen production both in your joints and your skin. Garlic also contains taurin and lipid acid, which help to rebuild damaged collagen fibers. FISH, CABBAGE and ONIONS are also rich in sulfur.
According to research by Kingston University WHITE TEA can protect the structure of the skin proteins, specifically collagen.
Orange vegetables, like CARROTS and SWEET POTATOES, are rich in vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen.
Vitamin C rich foods such as LEMONS, ORANGES, LIME and GRAPEFRUIT are all great foods for our skin’s health. From acne to dark spot treatment, they will work against virtually any skin concern, including decreasing collagen. By converting amino acids to collagen, dosing up on vitamin C can naturally improve your skin’s texture. It’s also good to know that although collagen fibres are made from protein, all of the foods above (except for the dark leafy greens), need the vitamin c together with the collagen boosting nutrients in them to be of benefit. Vitamin C is really the super hero of collagen production.