The latest craze seems to be collagen. As we age, our ability to produce collagen diminishes. The beauty industry has hyped up collagen so much that I really think they want us to believe that is is the next best thing to the fountain of youth. You’ve probably heard about how collagen keeps our skin elastic and plump looking. Collagen is one of the primary structural elements of skin, so when our bodies ability to produce collagen diminishes over age its only ideal to help it when it cant create enough on its own.
I find collagen pretty gross. Most collagen supplements are produced from the bones, skin, and connective tissue of animals, including cattle, fish, horses, pigs, or rabbits. The idea of drinking powdered bones+ connective tissue from animals doesn’t appeal to me at all. Even if they say its from “grass-fed animals”. YUCK! I do a ton of research about products like vitamins and nutritional supplements trying to be a wise health consumer. I find it very shocking that many supplements contain several types of fillers + ‘chemically’ or GM derived ingredients and some have been known to be actually dangerously ‘unhealthy’ for long term consumption.
Although collagen supplements or treatments may increase your bodies collagen production and may keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. There’s one little problem: indigestible collagen is being touted as a miracle cure for skin and signs of aging, without much evidence to back up these claims. Therefore , consuming the dried up bones from dead animals doesn’t necessarily mean collagen will increase in your skin.
There are other ways, that you can boost your collagen production – and they don’t involve boiled animal parts.
I prefer to get COLLAGEN made from fish the brand I use is a Marine based Collagen and it is sourced from the scales of wild-caught, non-GMO Red Snapper , wild-caught in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii using sustainable harvesting instead of being sourced from the hides of pasture-raised, grass-fed bovine.
Other nutrients that support collagen formation include:
- + Vitamin C: found in oranges, strawberries, peppers, and broccoli
- + Copper: mostly found in nuts
- + Vitamin A: found in plant foods as beta-carotene
- + Proline: found in egg whites, cheese, soy, and cabbage
- + Anthocyanidins: found in blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries
Another smart way to support collagen production is to eat fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C. It’s vital in the collagen production process.
- Citrus fruits: lemons and oranges both contain about 53 mg per 100 grams
- Broccoli: 89.2 mg per 100 grams( limit your broccoli with hypothyroidism. cooker 2x servings per week)
- Papaya: 60.9 mg per 100 grams
- Kiwi fruit: 92.7 mg per 100 grams
- Kale: 80 mg per cup ( limit your kale with hypothyroidism. cooker 2x servings per week)
- Red peppers: 95 mg per half cup
The RDA for vitamin C is 90 mg/day for men and 75 mg/day for women, so eating any of the above foods will set you on the right track.
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