Simple dietary recommendations that can make a huge difference to how your skin ages. Foods that boost collagen levels, scavenge free radicals and calm inflammation.
Our skincare plays an important role in how our skin ages but did you know that your diet is just as important? The head honcho responsible for keeping skin plump and looking youthful is collagen. Our bodies make it for us but this starts to decline with age and with a poor diet. Here is the low down on collagen and my top tips for boosting your collagen levels naturally.
What is collagen & where can I get some?
Collagen is a protein found throughout the human body and is naturally produced by all mammals and fish. This means that if I had to name the top 5 collagen rich foods, I would be naming parts of animals or meat-based dishes which are rich in collagen – tripe, bone broth, pigs trotters, animal skin (e.g. chicken skin, fish skin) etc. (note: actual collagen content varies dramatically according to age and size of the animal).
Can we absorb collagen from the food we eat?
Collagen is a large protein made up of several amino acids (Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline and Arginine). So when we eat collagen, our body breaks it down into the individual amino acids and utilises those amino acids as it sees fit. So yes we can absorb collagen from food, but whether our body utilises it to boost the collagen levels in our skin is a complete unknown.