When you think of healthy looking skin, the first thing that comes to mind is often collagen.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a naturally occurring and abundant protein found in the body. In fact, it makes up 75 percent of the dry weight of skin and one third of the total amount of protein in humans.
Collage supports both the structure and elasticity of skin. But just like your ability to drive, collagen diminishes as you get older.
Low collagen levels in the body make it easy for skin to become damaged and appear older. Sun damage and improper diet may also cause skin to develop wrinkles, sun spots, and pigment discolouration.
Luckily your skin is an incredible organ that has the ability to reverse all damages.
Collagen and Skin Health
The skin’s primary role is to protect your internal organs and body systems from the harsh external environment. It also works brilliantly as a flexible casing of the skin.
The dermis (inner) layer of your skin contains blood vessels that supplies nutrients to the rest of the layers in the skin. It is also where collagen synthesis takes place.
Wrinkles are thought to occur as a result of sun damage. The loss of collagen and elsastin fibers in the dermis may cause structural changes between the functioning of the inner and outer layers of the skin. These changes are known to cause wrinkle formation.
Your diet may also play a role in wrinkle formation. Research shows that wrinkling due to sun exposure may be influenced by the types of food you eat.
Specifically, eating a diet that is high in legumes, vegetables and olive oil may be able to protect your skin against damage. Foods that had adverse reactions on the skin were meat, dairy and butter.
Don’t Forget The Vitamin C
Collagen needs vitamins C like you need coffee every morning. That’s because vitamin C is used during every step of collagen synthesis.
Studies show an association between dose-dependent vitamin C and an increase of collagen in fibroblasts. So the amount of vitamin C you take may be a factor in how well your collagen is synthesized.
Vitamin C increases the synthesis of collagen by acting at a level other than hydroxylation, the chemical process that combines an organic compound with a hydroxyl group. Vitamin C is responsible for inducing these reactions. In order words, it’s the fuel needed to start the collagen-synthesis engine.
Although aging and low amounts of collagen are undoubtedly responsible for the appearance of aged or damaged skin, research indicates that failure to replace collagen is also crucial for sustaining healthy skin.
Foods that help naturally boost collagen include:
- bone broth
- grass-fed meat
Eating foods or taking supplements that are high in vitamin C may get you to your goal of younger looking skin. Research suggests that consuming a diet that is high in vitamin C inhibits the formation of wrinkles that are caused by chronic sun damage due to its primary role in collagen synthesis.
Warding off sickness and maintaining any health issues will also help keep your skin looking great. Certain autoimmune conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are detrimental to collagen levels. These disorders may perceive collagen as a foreign agent and cause the body’s immune system to attack and destroy it.
In addition to autoimmune disorders, certain bacteria and viruses may also cause the body to interfere with collagen production or destroy its collagen stores.
If you want younger skin you need to eat well. Collagen and vitamin C are the scientifically proven formula. So eat lot's of bright coloured fruit as well as small doses of wild animal protein. Or put a teaspoon of our Forever Young into your smoothies.