I’m sure you’ve seen ads raving about the benefits of collagen in moisturisers and other beauty products, but did you know that collagen is a large molecule that doesn’t penetrate the skin? It’s probably better to try to eat foods that either contain collagen, or that help the body to produce or sustain its collagen supply.
Collagen is the most common protein found in the human body. It’s found pretty much everywhere in the body; holding things together, protecting and supporting things. Collagen is made from protein. Two amino acids (hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline) help to form collagen, therefore foods with high amounts of these amino acids are useful. These amino acids are only found in animal foods, so it’s recommended we stick to the healthy ones.
Here is a list of other foods that can help:
Dark green vegetables help strengthen the body’s ability to make and use collagen effectively
Red fruits and vegetables increase collagen production
Foods with omega acids help with collagen production (oily fish, nuts, avocado)
Sulfur-rich foods such as olives, fresh cucumber and celery
Green tea contains nutrients that prevent breakdown of collagen
Vitamin C is needed to convert all these good things into collagen.