Health Benefits of Collagen
Collagen is most commonly found within the body in the skin, bones and connective tissues; collagen gives the skin its strength and structure. Collagen production declines as we age, a decrease in collagen production is found after 40, women going in menopause have a drastic decline in collagen and people over 60 produce little.
Collagen is made up of amino acids. Of these amino acids, nine are considered essential, these cannot be synthesized by the body and must be acquired through the diet or supplementation. Excessive sunlight, smoking, high sugar consumption and other environmental factor damage the production of collagen.
Nutrients & Food Sources that Support Collagen Production:
Proline: Available in egg whites, soy and cabbage
Anthocyanidins: Available in blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries
Vitamin C: Available in oranges, strawberries, peppers and broccoli
Copper: Available in nuts, red meat and some drinking water
Vitamin A: Available in animal-derived foods and in plant foods as beta-carotene.