Collagen is a protein present within the dermis essential to the structural composition of your body’s largest organ, the skin. Most of us are fed with processed and refined sugars which hasten the ageing process, and also trigger illness, weight gain, and inflammation. Good thing mother nature provides enough wonders that take care of the collagen production.
Berries: Rich in antioxidants that drive away free radicals, and phytonutrients that help with collagen formation, berries offer a power-packed and delectable alternative for your skin. It is recommended that you should stay away from strawberries (one of the most usual allergens), but a handful or two of raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries in your healthy snack or morning smoothie, offers multiple beautifying benefits.
Citrus fruits: Laden with Vitamin C, studies show that citrus fruits such as Oranges, Lemons, and Grapefruits support the amino acids to promote collagen production in the skin. Citrus fruits are excellent for revving up your green smoothies and are useful for healthier baking.
Garlic: Sulphur is essential to the formation of collagen, and Garlic is one of the best options to get some in our diet. Garlic also contains certain acids which help in repairing the decayed collagen fibers. So whip up a new recipe or two, even add a dash of Garlic into salads, and enjoy.
Avocados: Buttery, creamy, and satisfying Avocados are packed with Omega-3 and Vitamin E which ward off free radicals. A valuable inclusion to smoothies or as a healthy snack of guacamole and veggies, avocados are a nice way to promote skin health while adding sustained energy for the entire day. And if you haven’t had a good chocolate avocado mousse yet then you are in for a heavenly treat.
Dark leafy greens: We could spend the entire day singing praises of dark leafy greens. Leafy greens offer vitamins A and C to support powerful collagen development and immune system, and are also a rich source of fibre, magnesium, calcium, iron, and vitamin K. An excellent way to make sure you have your daily dose of greens each day is to consume it in the form fluids (think smoothies and shakes).
Keep rotating your greens throughout the entire week to make sure you’re incorporating a number of minerals and vitamins, and to prevent any build up of oxalic acid. It’s not likely that oxalic acid will trigger kidney stones or have any effect on the thyroid for most people, but it’s advised to rotate foods to increase nutrient exposure and ward off sensitivities.
Flax seeds: Flax is a potent plant-based source of omega-3, which keeps your skin youthful and maintains its elasticity. Flax seeds also happen to be a great source of protein, fibre, thiamin (vitamin B1), manganese, and magnesium. Flax “eggs” are also a significant component for vegan baking and are a great binder when removing eggs from recipes.
Carrots: Orange foods like sweet potatoes and carrots consists of vitamin A (retinol) to help keep your skin glowing and radiant. Vitamin A is an efficient way to promote cellular renewal and skin health. Carrots also contain potassium, folate, and vitamin K, and can contain cardiovascular risks. Carotenoids have also been known to control blood sugar levels.
If you still have even the slightest of doubt about your diet, you can always check with your nutritionist.