I have learned that collagen is much more than a anti-aging tool it is a major protein that is found in all body parts. Collagen is needed for the body's connective tissues, bones, ligaments, joints and the skin which is the largest organ of the body. Collagen is important because it supplies the body with structural support for its complete function. For the skin, collagen pairs up with another protein called elastin and both combined are responsible for the skin's strength, flexibility, and elasticity. When collagen decreases in the skin then the skin begins to wrinkle, sag, and age. Collagen is also important for the bone because our bones are made up of collagen and a mineral called hydroxyapatile which structure our body, its durability and agility. Lastly, collagen also contributes to our muscles by using its fiber to smooth muscles like the bladder, reproductive system, and heart for their functions. Clearly, it is very important to prevent collagen loss and increase collagen production for health and beauty. The key factor in increasing collagen production truly does begin with a person's diet. If there is anything I can emphasize on it will be VITAMIN C, it is essential to eat foods infused in Vitamin C for collagen production and tissue repair. What you choose to put in your body will result in the affects that it has on your body. Here are some healthy choices to increase collagen production:
1.Proteins ( Meat, Fish, Dairy,)
2.Antioxidants All High in Vitamin C ( oranges, berries, mangoes, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, all greens)
3. Mineral Rich foods ( lentils, walnuts, garlic, dried fruit)
* Always drink plenty of water and exercise to enhance the production!