Collagen helps the skin look smooth and healthy. Aside from younger-looking skin, it also helps in reducing joint pains and promote hair and nail growth. As we grow older, however, our body’s collagen production slows down, causing the skin to look saggy and fine lines start to appear.
Ageing is just one of the factors why our body’s collagen production decrease over time. While this is inevitable and uncontrollable, here are other internal and external factors that contribute to collagen loss:
- UV Damage – Studies show that exposure to UV rays leads to a significant decrease in collagen structure. UV rays damage the cells responsible for generating collagen. It also produces free radicals that can damage collagen directly.
- Smoking/pollution – Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen delivered to tissues, thus, affecting regeneration.
- Eating too much sugar, carbs, and processed meat – High intake of these ingredients activate your immune system to promote inflammation and hinder the healing process of our tissues resulting in premature skin ageing.
- Stress – Another reason that will trigger our immune system to produce inflammation
While ageing is inevitable, these factors can be controlled and below are several ways for us to support and boost collagen production in our body.
- Eat protein-rich food – Our body breaks down protein into amino acids that helps our body to absorb nutrients. Tuna, salmon, sardines, chia seeds, walnuts and liver are just a few of the protein-rich food you should try. Bone broth and egg whites are good options as well.
- Add fruits and veggies – Bell peppers, berries, tropical fruits, beans, leafy greens, garlic and citrus fruits help boost collagen production.
- Protect your skin with sunscreen – Make sure your sunscreen provides UVA and UVB protection with SPF30 or higher.
- Get profession-grade skincare treatments – These treatments need time to heal before you see the results. Ex. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, red light therapy.
- Take collagen supplements and anti-oxidants – Collagen supplements come in different forms. You can choose from tablets, collagen peptides (powder), or skincare products promoting collagen production.
- Collagen tablets usually include other nutrients that can help boost collagen production like vitamin C but some of them come in really big size.
- If you have difficulties in taking big collagen tablets, you might opt for powdered collagen that is easily dissolved in any beverage or food without adding taste.
- Also, there are skin care products that can boost collagen production. However, make sure that these products include DNA-repairing enzymes, antioxidants, or peptides as part of the ingredients.
Check out the list of collagen supplements I’ve tried. You may also want to try Nutrihero Beauty Marine Collagen Powder. This is the latest collagen supplement I’ve tried and so far I am satisfied with the result after adding this powder to my daily coffee. It contains 0% GMO with no fillers, gluten, or sugar.
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Wait, what? Is it ok to mix collagen peptides with coffee?
Ok, caffeine slows down the rate at which your body makes collagen. Please note that coffee doesn’t destroy collagen, it inhibits its production. IMO, there wouldn’t be any problem if you would lessen or limit your caffeine intake to at least 1-3 cups daily while taking collagen supplements. Also, when adding collagen to coffee or hot food, it’s best to add them toward the end of cooking or preparation — when temperatures are slightly reduced (within the traditional temperature range of 195–205ºF (90–96ºC)) — to avoid degradation.
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