Foods that increase collagen production
Collagen is a type of protein that provides the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. When you are young, you have an abundance of collagen in your body and as you age the collagen production in our skin declines and weakening of the skin occurs, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines around our eyes and mouth and saggy skin. The only way to delay this process is having a good skincare routine and eating the right foods.
There is a range of healthy and natural foods that can increase the production of collagen making you beautiful and healthy from the inside out.
Garlic – Garlic is a great source of sulfur which is necessary to produce collagen in your body. Garlic also contains large amounts of lipoic acid and taurine which increase the rebuilding and repair system of damaged collagen fibres in the skin and body.
Beans – Beans contain hyaluronic acid which makes your body retain water. The more water you retain the more your skin will be kept hydrated. It also increases your skin’s elasticity as well as strength too leaving you with firm skin.
Soy Products – Soy cheese, soy milk, and even soy substitutes for meat, such as tofu, have a little element called genistein- this is basically what gives soy it’s collagen forming qualities PLUS, it even acts as an antioxidant.
Green Vegetables – Leafy greens and other green vegetables are loaded with all the essential minerals and vitamins to help in collagen production. They are full of lutein, which too is an antioxidant, great source of vitamin C and keep your skin hydrated.