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Collagen is a protein. It helps the skin stay firm and maintain elasticity. As we age collagen production slows down causing young looking skin to lose firmness and elasticity resulting in ageing
skin and wrinkles.
Nutrients and minerals stimulate collagen
There are some key effective ways to stimulate collagen production in your system - through an intake of some beneficial nutrients and minerals.
Collagen production thrives in a high antioxidant, omega fatty acid and mineral diet. Here are a few steps you can take to get your skin to plump up again, effectively promote collagen production and defeat ageing
from the inside out.
Take vitamin C.
This vitamin helps to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and firms your skin. It changes proline into hydroxyproline and lysine into hydroxylysine which helps fight free radicals produced by too much sun exposure.
Eat foods rich in Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
A study performed by the Department of Dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation concluded that AHAs help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and ageing skin.
AHAs are found in fruits such as grapefruit, pineapples, grapes and oranges and in lactic acid found in milk.
Selenium promotes glutathione production. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that reduces deterioration of collagen and elastin by neutralising free radicals, which damage cells and age skin. Eat Brazil nuts for selenium.
Zinc reduces inflammation in the skin, promotes skin cell growth and maintains collagen and elastin. Include dark green vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli), red and orange fruit and vegetables (tomatoes, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits and pawpaw) in your daily mails.
Certain minerals are essential for collagen production. One such mineral is copper. When the level of copper inside skin cells increases, collagen production increases too. However, copper is a potentially toxic metal.
When copper is converted to organic form by binding to peptides (small fragments of proteins) it can be applied to the skin with relatively low risk and has proven effective in smoothing wrinkles and firming skin.
The above treatments aren’t a quick-fix, but they are an effective way to bolster your collagen.