Collagen-boosting Foods for a Younger You

5 Collagen-Boosting Foods for a Younger You

Do you ever look in the mirror and feel like gravity is your worst enemy?

I know sometimes when I catch that first glance of myself in the morning I swear new wrinkles appeared over night!

But there is one deficiency that is drastically accelerating the rate at which we age, and by supplementing your diet to encourage production of this incredible protein, you can restore elasticity and firmness to your face.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, found in skin, bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and even teeth, so it’s no secret that we need it!

As time goes by, its production slows down, leading to sagging skin, wrinkles and joint pain.

But there are easy ways to encourage collagen production with your diet, and reverse those pesky lines and sagging, making you look and feel younger.

Bone broth

I’m sure you’ve heard about bone broth. It became a popular health trend a few years ago and is one of the most powerful ways to add collagen into your die. Rich in protein, minerals, and gelatin, this powerful broth can support skin health and heal your digestive tract, fighting off inflammation and aging.

It is typically made by simmering chicken bones for a long period of time, allowing gelatin production and the release of minerals from the bones.

Vegetables

Health nuts love antioxidants, and when it comes to collagen, antioxidants are essential in stopping its breakdown. Rich, leafy greens like spinach and kale are loaded with antioxidants that protect against the kinds of free radicals that breakdown collagen.

Red and orange are other colors to look for when searching for collagen boosting veggies. Red vegetables like beets, tomatoes and red peppers contain lycopene which is ideal for boosting collagen and protect against sun damage. Orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes are full of Vitamin A, a great way to restore already damaged collagen.

Fish

Fish like mackerel, salmon and tuna are loaded with omega-3s, which work to protect and skin from the sun, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and keep your skin hydrated.

Omega-3 fatty acids help to strengthen the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) which becomes thinner as we age, allowing for easier damage.

Berries

Similar to spinach and kale, berries are full of antioxidants. Add blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries to your diet to boost your collagen and blast away wrinkles! Next time you’re grabbing a banana for breakfast, try a berry smoothie instead and load up on antioxidants to restore your glow!

Garlic and onions

Garlic and onions are both great ways to rebuild lost collagen. Sulfur, is highly concentrated in both, making these incredible foods to naturally contribute to your collagen production and make your skin look younger.