Since the dawn of humanity, the search for eternal youth and beauty has been a daunting one. Countless beauty products, procedures, and exercises have been recommended when attempting to fight Father Time. One thing that we can all agree on is that collagen production is important when beating signs of aging.
Collagen is the general term for the main structural proteins found in the skin and connective tissues in humans and animals and makes up about 30% of the protein in the human body. Natural elements, like certain plants, also contain collagen. Collagen is made up of 19 amino acids (for example, glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, lysine, and arginine).
With at least 29 different types of collagen, we know that humans have mainly Types I-III. Type I exists mainly in skin, tendon, vasculature, organs, and bone. Type II is in cartilage, and Type III is in reticular fibers (thin branching fibers in connective tissue).
Collagen can be replaced through injections. Collagen/fat injectable fillers, also called soft-tissue augmentation, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed to correct wrinkles, depressions in the skin, and/or scarring. The procedure involves injecting a substance (collagen and/or fat) into the skin in order to plump or fill-up the area being treated.
A more natural way of stimulating collagen production is through your diet. The collagen diet is an eating plan to avoid too much sugar and refined carbohydrates and consume foods high in collagen that some sources report maintains youthfulness, energy, and beauty.
What foods should you eat to boost collagen production?
Although eggs don’t contain connective tissues like many other animal products, egg whites do have large amounts of proline, one of the amino acids necessary for collagen production.
- Citrus fruits
Vitamin C plays a major role in the production of pro-collagen, the body’s precursor to collagen. Therefore, getting enough vitamin C is extremely important.
It’s widely known that citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes are chocked full of vitamin C so it would be smart to grab at least one of these items on a daily basis. Try a broiled grapefruit for breakfast, or add orange segments to a salad.
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