Collagen is the main structural protein in various connective tissues in a person’s body. It is responsible for skin elasticity. So if you notice developing wrinkles, it is a signal that your body’s level of collagen has been reduced. Keeping a good diet is one of the ways to slow down the protein-breaking process.
We love taking care of ourselves and we want to share a list of foods that you can eat in order to prevent the premature aging of your skin. In order to understand all this even better, we will start with an explanation of what collagen is.
Collagen is sometimes called “glue” because our body would simply fall apart without it.
Like we’ve said before, collagen is a protein. It is 30–40% of the entire protein material in our bodies. Collagen keeps the skin young, but it can also be found in oils, hair, joints, and intestine tissue. There are 16 types of collagen. The most widely spread (90%) consist of only 3 types. Collagen type I and type II are found in the skin, bones, and tendons; collagen type III is also found in the joints.
The human body can produce the necessary amount of collagen on its own. However, after the age of 25, the level of its natural production starts to slow down. This is the time when the first wrinkles may appear, followed by arthritis. And now, let’s take a look at what we should eat in order to prevent this from happening.
Meat broth and fish
- Bone broth is probably one of the best food options because all other foods just stimulate the production of collagen. This broth contains the bioactive form of the protein which the body can start using immediately. Beef broth is full of collagen type I which is really beneficial for skin health; turkey and chicken broth contain collagen type II that supports joint function. Bone broth should be consumed every day (6-12 oz).
- Salmon contains zink and minerals that stimulate collagen production. Additionally, its omega-3 fats hydrate the skin which helps to keep it young-looking. It’s recommended to eat salmon 2 times a week (4-5 oz).