It seems 2017 is the year people are going crazy for collagen. Boosting collagen has always been a thought stored in the back of my mind, although, now that I’m 31 years old I’m starting to pay more attention to the benefits of collagen and how to incorporate foods with collagen into my diet.
Let’s first start by tackling the question, what is collagen? Well, collagen is a long-chain amino acid that gives your skin its strength and elasticity, and is also the main building block of tissues, organs, and cells. Each human body naturally produces the collagen it needs, however, this production slows as people age—especially for females. In fact, women lose collagen at a rate of 1 percent each year. And if you have poor eating habits, spend a lot of time in the sun, have high stress levels, or smoke cigarettes, you’re most likely losing collagen even faster.
In short, poor collagen levels show through outward signs of aging and can also have a negative impact on your body. Luckily, there's ways to incorporate it into your diet so you can reap all the benefits of collagen. Consuming it on a daily basis is known to improve the appearance of skin, strengthen bones, balance hormones, and speed up digestion. There's also plenty of ways to get your fix with options like supplements or foods, allowing your skin to stay youthful and keep your body running smoothly.
Our Favorite Collagen Supplement
After searching high and low and researching different brands, I discovered Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. The reason I'm a big fan of this one is because the brand uses quality ingredients, and it's in peptide form—making them more bioavailable than just straight collagen. In other words, when in peptide form they dissolve easily and are easy to digest.
Vital Proteins claims these supplements will “ensure the vitality of your skin, hair, tendon cartilage, bones and joints.” After taking this for two weeks, there's definitely been a noticed improvement in the firmness of my skin, and how fast my hair has been growing, too.
Foods with Collagen
As always, we also like to look at what foods are accessible that our body can recognize and utilize to fight a problem like collagen loss. Below is a list of foods with collagen that you can consume on a regular basis:
- Leafy Greens
- Omega-3 Fatty Acid
Topical Products That Stimulate Collagen
There are also things you can use topically to stimulate collagen production and prevent the loss of collagen. You can find these items in our Renew Beauty products:
Keep in mind any inflammation in your body is going to interfere with the body’s ability to create collagen. Here are some of my favorite ways to reduce inflammation: