Collagen, which is located below the layer of skin, is the foundation of connective tissue that supports the skin’s structure, making it essential for healthy younger looking skin. Unfortunately, as we age, the body produces less and less collagen, causing the skin to thin, lose fullness and form wrinkles.
The sun exposure, free radicals, smoke, and pollution, are also responsible for disintegrating collagen production.
Usually after the age of 35, collagen quality is not as good and the production begins to taper off.
Products that contain Retinol help to support and stimulating collagen but Proper Healthy Food, which is great for all parts of the body, is a great way to boost collagen in the skin as well.
Below is your anti-aging shopping list for natural food healthy food to repair, regenerate and restore healthy collagen.
Antioxidant vitamin C is also very important in helping to neutralize free radicals, which attack and break down collagen and elastin in the skin. Grapefruits, lemons, limes and oranges which are rich in vitamin C can help amino acids convert to collagen.
Lycopene acts as a natural sunblock and found in tomatoes, red peppers, and beets.
Dark green vegetables
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and prevent collagen breakdown Vegetables like kale and spinach are rich in vitamin C.
Vitamin A restores and regenerates damaged collagen can be found in oranges, carrots sweet potatoes and orange peppers.
Free radicals while simultaneously increasing collagen levels can be found in blackberries and raspberries.
Omega-3 fatty acid that found in fish like tuna and salmon.
Vitamin B12 and Minerals
Food that is rich in vitamins and minerals like zinc are essential like oysters can be great for collagen.
Soy contains Genistein that serves as antioxidant and helps to block enzymes. Soy milk, tofu, and cheese are great.
White tea can protect the structural protein of the skin. Green tea is a great anti-oxidant and they prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen.
Healthy protein can support the body to product collagen naturally. Products high with lysine and proline like egg white should be added to your diet. Vegetarians and vegans should add nuts and especially peanuts.
Garlic provides lipoic and taurine which help to rebuild damaged collagen. Garlic is great source of sulfur which great for collagen production.
Do not forget to drink H2O