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Nutritionist’s Top Tips To Naturally Boost Your Collagen Levels

Nutritionist’s Top Tips To Naturally Boost Your Collagen Levels

You’ve probably been hearing more and more about the various benefits of collagen over the past few years. Hailed as the ultimate rejuvenator, collagen certainly is a hot topic in the health and beauty sphere.

But What is Collagen Exactly?

Collagen is the general term given to a group of proteins that helps give a solid structure to our skin, hair, nails, joints, bones, ligaments, and tendons. You can think of collagen as long, rope-like cables that give the skin elasticity and help us better move, stretch and bend our bodies.

Collagen is essentially the body’s most important structural protein that acts as ‘glue’ holding everything together. Thanks to its glue-like properties, it plays a key role in maintaining skin strength and elasticity, helping to keep our skin looking healthy, plump, and youthful.

Our Hydrolysed Marine Collagen is derived from wild fish such as Cod (Gadidae) that are sourced in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way from various regions across the world (EU, South America, Southeast Asia). Our hydrolysed collagen has NO artificial colours and flavours; and NO excipients, binders or fillers -- only pure and active ingredients.

You’ve Been Making This Wonder Protein Your Whole Life

When we're young, our body can make all the collagen it needs - this explains why our skin looks firmer and why our bones are nice and strong. Our collagen peaks in our mid-20s, before beginning to naturally slow down and begins to decrease by around 10% every 10 years.

Even the quality of the collagen that already exists in the body begins to decline after our mid-20s! This partly explains why we get wrinkles as we age, why our skin tends to sag, lose elasticity, and the reason why our joints feel increasingly stiff and less flexible as we grow older.

So How Can You Boost Your Collagen Levels Naturally?

Our body can naturally produce its own collagen by breaking down proteins found in food into various amino acids, mainly proline, glycine, hydroxyproline, along with Vitamin C. By ensuring we’re consuming foods rich in these nutrients, we can help facilitate natural collagen production in the body.

Boost Your Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C is involved in every step of the manufacturing process of collagen and ultimately helps the body synthesise the collagen needed for healthy skin, nails, and hair.

Since our bodies are unable to synthesise Vitamin C, it’s important to ensure that you’re getting enough from your diet. Eating Vitamin C rich foods, such as citrus foods, green leafy vegetables, papaya, strawberries and broccoli, can help encourage the body to produce more collagen.

One of Vitamin C's most important functions is that it contributes to the maintenance of a normal immune system, Furthermore, it also contributes to the reduction of tiredness & fatigue, as well contributing to normal collagen formation for skin, teeth and bones.

Aim To Get Plenty of Zinc

Zinc also plays a vital role in collagen synthesis. It’s a cofactor in the production of collagen, which basically means that it activates proteins that are essential for collagen synthesis, which can help keep skin looking younger and healthier.

Legumes, spinach, oats, nuts and seeds such as hemp, pumpkin and sesame are a great addition to your diet and can help increase your daily Zinc intake.

Each vegan tablet of our highly absorbable Zinc Gluconate provides 25mg of elemental Zinc, a safe dosage to maintain normal bones, vision, hair, skin, nails and immune system (claims are substantiated by EFSA). With 365 easy-to-swallow tablets per bottle, you have enough Zinc tablets high strength supplement to last for 12 months. Our Zinc tablets have no artificial colours or flavours and are absolutely GMO-free.

Ensure You’re Getting Enough Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a key antioxidant that protects our cells from getting damaged. Cell damage can occur due to external factors, such as pollution, eating high amounts of processed foods, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Because cell damage is linked to reduced collagen production, Vitamin E plays a key role in protecting our cells and preserving healthy collagen levels.

To help boost your Vitamin E intake, include sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, collard greens, spinach, pumpkin and red bell pepper in your diet.

Naturally occurring D-alpha tocopherol succinate is the most readily absorbed form of Vitamin E by the body. One bottle of our Vitamin E supplement comes with 90 easy to swallow capsules to last you for 3 months as you only need to take 1 capsule daily to meet your needs.

Know Your Proline and Glycine-rich Foods

Both amino acids proline and glycine play key roles in collagen production. Glycine makes up one-third of the amino acids in collagen, making it the most abundant amino acid found within collagen.

Proline-rich foods include cabbage, yoghurt, bamboo shoots, seaweed, sunflower seeds and mushrooms. Glycine-rich foods, on the other hand, include asparagus, cabbage, tofu, seaweed, pumpkin seeds, cashews, whole grains and legumes.

Consider Collagen Formulation Complex

Our vegan-friendly Collagen Formulation Complex capsules are designed to provide you with 100% plant-based ingredients to help support healthy collagen formation. Each capsule contains a blend of antioxidants, including Vitamin E and Vitamin C, as well as key nutrients Zinc and Copper, along with 11 key amino acids. These nutrients are all essential for building and maintaining collagen levels for younger-looking skin.

Our Vegan Collagen Formation Complex does not contain collagen, as this is derived from animal sources, but it provides you with the ingredients needed to promote the formation of collagen within the body.

Written by Riya Lakhani ANutr

Riya Lakhani ANutr is a registered nutritionist and health writer with a special interest in plant-based nutrition. She has completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, and has developed a passion for writing about all things plant-based.

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