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Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and it is responsible for—among many other functions—keeping your skin firm and elastic. Collagen comes from the Greek word kolla, which means glue, and in many ways, collagen indeed serves as the glue holding your body together.

As you age, your body does not produce as much collagen as before, and that is often reflected in increased wrinkling and the emergence of fine lines. Fortunately, the right diet can help boost collagen production, keeping your skin in good shape and improving your health overall. To learn more about diet and collagen production, reach out to a seasoned doctor today.

Foods Rich in Collagen

Certain foods provide collagen directly to the skin. One of the best sources of collagen is gelatin, which is also good for hair and nail health. It is important to note, though, that sugar-free gelatin is usually the best choice for anyone who enjoys it. Other types of natural collagen are available from animal bones, so enjoy soups and broths based on bone stock.

Lysine-Rich Foods

Lysine, an amino acid, helps boost collagen production. Adding lysine-rich foods to the diet not only aids with the complexion, but this amino acid also helps promote a healthy immune system. Lysine-rich foods include:

  • Fish
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Lima beans
  • Milk
  • Lean red meats
  • Soy products
  • Nuts

Beta Carotenes

Eating foods featuring shades of orange is often a good idea, as these foods contain beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A will restore damaged collagen and replenish this vital protein. Good sources of beta-carotene include:

  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Squash
  • Apricots
  • Cantaloupe

However, not every food containing beta-carotene is orange. Spinach and kale are also good sources of this hydrocarbon.

Vitamins C and E

When it comes to important nutrients for healthy skin, vitamins C and E are at the top of the list, working in synergy to produce collagen. While taking supplements is one way to ensure the body receives sufficient vitamin C and E, the body benefits more when these vitamins are obtained from food.

Besides citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit, there are many more foods rich in vitamin C. These include:

  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Cherries
  • Parsley
  • Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale
  • Broccoli

Foods rich in vitamin E include fish—including shellfish—along with sunflower seeds and many types of nuts.

Zinc

Foods rich in zinc are not only good for a person’s diet and collagen production but also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. These foods include:

  • Eggs
  • Oysters
  • Chicken
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Dairy
  • Whole grains

For Tea Lovers

Those who love tea can happily consume cups of white tea a few times a day. White tea protects collagen in the skin, and that means such tea drinkers can often expect fewer wrinkles down the line.

Foods to Avoid

If the aim is to receive the benefits of boosting collagen production, there are also some foods to avoid. Stay away from processed and junk foods, which only harm the skin, and avoid drinking too much caffeine or alcohol or consuming excess sugar. If a person is serious about their diet and collagen production, they should avoid these foods when possible.

Talk to Dr. Jacobson Today

If you would like more information on diet and collagen production and other ways to keep your skin looking young and vibrant, call the office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson offers various procedures and techniques to help you look your best while maintaining optimal health.