How to boost your collagen production
Soy products: They contain an element known as genistein. Genistein assists collagen production and helps to block enzymes that tend to break down and age the skin. Any soy product contains enough genistein to be helpful in slowing down aging.
Dark green vegetables: They are excellent examples of food containing collagen-producing agents. Veggies such as spinach, cabbage and kale have an antioxidant called lutein. Recent French research suggests including dark green leaves to boost skin hydration, elasticity and to combat wrinkles. These vegetables are rich in Vitamin C, helping to strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and to utilize the protein effectively.
Beans: They help your body produce a vital anti-aging substance called hyaluronic acid. Aim for at least two tablespoons of beans each day – broad or butter beans make a great substitute for mashed potatoes.
Red vegetables: Excellent boost to build up the collagen thanks to the presence of lycopene. Red peppers, tomatoes, beets, sweet potatoes, carrots and more, are powerful antioxidants, increasing collagen production. Research by Dr. Ronald Watson at the University of Arizona has found that the antioxidants in red, yellow and orange foods build up under the skin creating extra UV protection. “The effect is so strong that eating six portions a day for about two months will build a natural barrier equivalent to a factor four sunscreen,” says Dr. Watson.
Red and yellow fruits: They are rich in Vitamin C and are natural sources of collagen production. Try to include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and strawberries in your daily diet.
Prunes: They contain the absolute highest level of antioxidants. Blueberries are a close second. Eat five to six prunes, or a small basket of blueberries, daily to get a great health and collagen boost.
Omega Acids: They also help to create an ideal environment for collagen production. Fish, such as salmon and tuna. Is an excellent sources of omega fatty acids. For a vegan, nuts such as cashews, pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts contain a good amount.
Flaxseed: It is rich in fat Omega-3. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty layer that protects the DNA so, the higher your omega-3 intake, the stronger that layer is and the plumper your skin cells are. Add some into smoothies or add it to your salad and aim to have a tablespoon of flaxseeds each day.
Green and black olives: This foodstuff is rich in sulphur and Vitamin A, both very important for collagen production. Also, fresh cucumbers and fresh stalks of celery are rich in sulphur and assist in keeping collagen levels high. Add raw carrots and baked sweet potatoes to the diet for an extra boost.
Chocolate: It is the most loved food on Earth and also really good for your skin. Add it to the daily diet to boost the blood flow to get higher levels of nutrients and moisture to your skin. It seems also to protect the skin from UV damage. Remember, only dark chocolate contains enough antioxidants to have an effect.
Manuka Honey: This special honey comes from New Zealand and has unique healing properties. It has been used in skin care for centuries by the Maori people of New Zealand. This honey, used topically, can restore and rejuvenate the skin. It supports the skin cell renewal process and assists in the production of stronger collagen protein. It is also rich in antioxidants.
Avocado Oil: A natural way to enhance the production of collagen. Avocado oil is deeply hydrating and highly compatible with the natural oils in your skin. This oil is rich in plant steroids, which help to reduce blemishes and age spots. It also helps to regenerate and rejuvenate skin damaged by free radicals. Avocado oil is important because it is scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production and it increases the proportion of soluble collagen in the dermis layer of the skin. Add fresh avocadoes to your favourite salad and soup recipes.