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Anti-Aging and natural Beauty: Foods That Produce Collagen


Today there are many procedures being done and creams being used to look younger. I do not feel that there is anything wrong wit that, but beauty comes from the inside out. The saying “you are what you eat” is very true. As you begin to age, collagen production begins to go down infections. Luckily, you can consume a variety of foods rich in specific vitamins and minerals that will boost production of Collagen. If you eat whole natural foods, you will feed your skin the vital nutrients, which in return will give you a beautiful natural glow and supple rich looking skin.Collagen is mainly used to make skin, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, ligaments and scar tissue. Collagen is approximately a quarter of all the protein in you body. Collagen is used to help improve your skin's elasticity. Collagen is also responsible for helping to keep your ligaments and tendons strong. Adequate consumption of foods high in copper, niacin and vitamin C will help boost collagen production.Niacin-Rich FoodsNiacin assists your body in the normal functions of the skin, digestive system and nerves. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, niacin reduces dark spots and increases collagen production in the skin. Adult women need approximately 14mg of niacin daily while men need 16mg. Niacin-rich foods include lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts, dairy products and poultry. Enriched breads, cereals and legumes also contain moderate amounts of niacin.Vitamin C-Rich FoodsAs a water-soluble nutrient, vitamin C plays an important role in collagen production and retaining skin elasticity. As a result, vitamin C deficiency slows collagen production as your body is unable to repair itself. Adult women need approximately 75mg of vitamin daily while adult men need 90mg, reports MedlinePlus. Vitamin C rich foods that stimulate collagen production include peppers, cantaloupe, broccoli, citrus fruits, potatoes, strawberries and tomatoes.Copper-Rich FoodsIn regards to collagen production, copper is an important nutrient for skin functions but only small amounts are needed. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, both women and men need an estimated 900mcg of copper daily. Copper-rich foods to help increase collagen production include cashews, chocolate, filberts, soybeans, oysters, crabs, beef liver, mussels, mushrooms, fortified cereals, grapes, bananas and avocados. I advise people to eat these foods and also juice many different types of fruits and vegetables everyday. I juice at least once a day and do one ounce of wheatgrass. It really works.

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