by Neeti Jaychander | April 23, 2019
As we grow older, our bodies produce lesser and lesser collagen, a vital ingredient for cell health and elasticity. While its benefits for the skin are manifold, it is more than just a beauty ingredient – it also keeps your bones, muscles, cartilages and nails younger. But you don’t necessarily need collagen supplements or shots for this. Sometimes, just eating collagen-rich food can do wonders in the most natural way possible! Here’s what you should be eating.
Rich in vitamin A, sweet potato uses this vitamin to boost collagen production in the body. It also supports cell health directly, in addition to aiding collagen content. Other than sweet potatoes, you can also eat carrots, mangoes and cantaloupes for the same benefits.
Sure, this grain has many health benefits, but did you know it stimulates collagen as well and is one of the best anti-ageing grains available? It stimulates the skin to fight free radicals and prevents early breakdown or loss of collagen in the body’s cells.
Of all the vitamin C-rich fruits, kiwi possibly has one of the highest levels of this vitamin that is essential to collagen production. The vitamin C content, along with essential amino acids, secures collagen in the cells. Berries and other citrus fruits offer the same benefits.
Tomatoes are the best source of lycopene, an antioxidant that boosts cell health and prevents collagen breakdown. They also prevent damage and degeneration caused by external sources like the environment and pollution.
Other collagen-boosting foods
Try an get salmon, leafy greens, sea vegetables, eggs, avocadoes, pumpkin, chia and sunflower seeds, lean meats and garlic into your diet, to keep collagen levels intact.