5 surprising foods that boost collagen
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and provides structural support to skin, muscles, bone, cartilage and the gut. As we age, the body’s ability to make collagen declines dramatically, and we start to notice wrinkles and sagging skin. Aside from taking a collagen supplement, we can help to boost collagen production by eating a diet rich in fresh fruit, veg, dairy and seafood to give our bodies the building blocks to support collagen production.
Here we look at five surprising anti-ageing foods that help to boost collagen production for young and healthy skin.
Cow’s milk has been on the receiving end of a lot of bad press recently. But if you’re not intolerant to dairy, here’s a very good reason to have cow’s milk in your cuppa. Milk is a rich source of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). This essential sulphur contributes to collagen production within the body and can also inhibit the breakdown of collagen.
Eggs contain the amino acids that make up collagen, including lysine, proline and glycine. Aside from contributing to collagen production, they are also one of the most nutritionally complete foods that we can eat.
Broccoli is a great source vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for collagen production. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant which means it helps to protect skin cells from damage caused by free radicals, which can cause premature ageing.
Oysters are rich in zinc, which is another nutrient needed in the production of collagen. Zinc is also thought to help prevent and reduce acne.
Dark chocolate contains copper which, in small amounts, is necessary for collagen production. Copper is also an essential nutrient for healthy hair growth.
As well as eating fresh whole foods like the ones above, you can supplement your diet to ensure you get the optimum amount of nutrients essential for collagen production: