Hold the (Green) Press. Collagen has something to say: You don’t have to grow up. Well, at least your skin doesn’t.
Collagen, a naturally occurring protein found in the body, supports elasticity and flexibility of the skin. It’s a virtual age reverser.
Although collagen levels diminish as you get older, they can always be restored. High levels of collagen can greatly reduce wrinkles and skin damage caused by the sun.
Low collagen levels put you at risk for statements such as, “You look tired.” Or, my personal favourite, “Rough night?”
Boost Your Collagen With These 5 Foods
1. Royal Jelly
The secret is in the bees. A 2011 study conducted by the Journal of Medicinal Food stated that royal jelly may protect the skin against sun-induced aging by boosting the production of collagen.
A word of caution to those who have never taken royal jelly: it’s not the same as honey! Royal jelly has a bitter taste. It’s recommended that you add in some jam or honey if eating it fresh. Royal jelly also comes in powder and pill form. But what’s a little bitterness between you and wrinkle-free skin?
2. Wild Yams
Yams are great sources of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that has great skin-healing powers. Yams are also high in anti-inflammatory properties, which may assist in the treatment of irritated or aged skin.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed that yams may have collagen-boosting activity, which can be used in anti-aging products as well as to fight off skin degenerative disorders.
Yams make a delicious compliment to any meal. You can also eat them alone. Get creative with your yams. Add them to smoothies or make some homemade fries.
Peas contain vegetable peptones, a hydrolysis of enzymes from selected protein rich raw vegetable materials. Vegetable peptones have been shown to induce collagen production as well as regenerate fibroblasts, according to a 2015 study.
No stir-fry is complete without peas. They pair well with brown rice and meat dishes. Peas also come in powder form and can be added to your breakfast smoothie as a source of vegetarian protein.
4. Citrus Fruits
Vitamin C is needed to produce collagen. In fact, it is used during every step of the collagen process. To ensure that your body is producing as much collagen as it can, be sure to eat your citrus fruits. It shouldn’t be hard- they are delicious!
Citrus fruits that we love include oranges, lemons and grapefruit. Start your day off right by drinking a glass of lemon infused water. Grapefruits are tasty and refreshing when eaten alone. Or they can be added to smoothies. Oranges are great when peeled and eaten as a stand-alone snack or added to tasty salads.
Carrots are high in vitamin A, which isn’t only good for your eye health. A 2012 study indicated that vitamin A contains cell regulators that directly act on the metabolism of collagen by stimulating the production of elastic fibers and collagen.
Other foods that are high in vitamin A include dark green leafy vegetables, dried apricots, winter squash, bell peppers, and cantaloupe. Add some dark green leafy vegetables and carrots to your daily vegetable juice blend. Bell peppers are great when dipped in hummus.
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