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When we listen to collagen, the first thing that comes to mind is what helps us keep our skin young and something that we lose as we mature as production of this protein is reduced and aging is inevitable
However, this does not have to be the case, since that collagen that we stop producing naturally can be partially recovered with an adequate diet.
"Not only to maintain youthful skin, but collagen is also necessary for healthy joints, bones, skin, muscles and tendons," explained Leonella Gonzalez, health coach and co-owner of Juiced Up. in Myrtle Beach, SC.
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On the other hand, González explained to us that although the human body produces collagen naturally, an age comes when the body loses the ability to generate this protein. From the age of 30 the problems begin in the areas that contain collagen, aging and losing mobility of the joints or the smoothness of the skin, among other capacities.
Now, not everything is lost since according to Leonella a correct diet helps us to counteract that effect of decreasing collagen production. What foods should we eat to avoid this effect?
Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios and pine nuts have Omega 3, 6 and 9, fatty acids that stimulate the generation of collagen in the body.
Fish are high in Omega 3, which enhances the benefits of natural collagen and also helps to deflate the skin. In addition, it is good for the joints and bones since it prevents the deterioration of the tissues by increasing calcium levels. The salmon, whitefish and trout are the best options.
Fruits and vegetables
Green vegetables like cabbage and broccoli contain chlorophyll. Beets, red bell peppers, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes, and virtually any food with red pigmentation helps produce collagen.
Fruits with vitamin C such as oranges, pineapples and lemons stimulate the emission of collagen and its antioxidants prevent the appearance of wrinkles and keep the skin smoother.
Carrots and all orange foods provide vitamin A, which helps control the shock between collagen and elastin.
Red meat and chicken
Animal proteins are the main source of collagen since they contain large amounts of this substance. Although you probably avoid it, I want you to know that pig's trotters, chicken feet, brain and bones are some of the parts of animals with the most collagen.
Egg yolk is very rich in collagen, in addition the shell membranes are full of this substance. Other nutrients in this food that allow the formation of collagen are vitamin B complex, vitamin E, amino acids and sulfur.
Garlic or onion
Garlic contains sulfur, a substance necessary for the production of collagen. Foods with this substance, such as olives, nuts, grapes, oats and meat, increase the production of collagen; They also help fight open pores, acne and excess oil, which improves the appearance of the skin.
This drink has a large amount of antioxidants that prevent the deterioration of collagen in our body. Green tea for example, helps fight aging and stimulates metabolism and helps lose weight.