As you get older you loose Collagen and it is critical to keep your skin elastic and give it a plump, youthful look!
There are a few little known foods and food combinations that improve natural collagen production in your body.
1. Blueberries contain phytonutrients that help collagen fibers link together in a way that helps your body produce collagen. They are organic compounds that plants produce to keep themselves “perky”, and apparently not just them.
2. Dark Leafy Greens – Spinach, Kale and Swiss Chard, for example, are all rich in vitamin C and A and encourage the body to produce more collagen. You’ll also enjoy their other benefits – Cancer protection being just one of them.
3. Garlic – A few studies have shown that vegetables containing sulfur, which garlic has abundantly, increase collagen production in your joints and skin. Garlic also contains taurin and lipid acid, which support damaged collagen fibers.
Cabbage, onions and fish are also sulfur-rich.
4. Eggs & Mango – Eggs are naturally rich in amino acids, which are essential for the formation of collagen. Mango, which is rich in Vitamin C, works with these acids to boost collagen production.
5. Avocado Oil – Replacing your olive oil with avocado oil should also have a great effect on your skin glow. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Rheumatology found that avocado oil “significantly increased type II collagen”.
6. Carrots – Orange vegetables, like carrots and sweet potatoes, are rich in vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen.
7. Vitamin C - Citrus fruit, Broccoli, Bell Peppers, dark leafy greens etc... Which collagen promotes collagen production most?
All of the foods above (except for the dark leafy greens), along with the collagen boosting nutrients in them, will be almost useless without enough Vitamin C, the super hero of vitamins to increase collagen.
And here’s why: Collagen fibers are made from protein, and they are somewhat unusual in having large amounts of two amino acids, called hydroxyl-lysine and hydroxyl-proline.
These two amino acids are important for the production of all types of collagen and are needed to provide the different collagen types with their appropriate amount of strength and flexibility.
Vitamin C is required to change proline into hydroxyproline (the collagen form) and lysine into hydroxylysine (once again, the collagen form).