Ways to naturally produce collagen!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the recent collagen trend and you have probably been seeing it everywhere; supplements, face creams, protein bars, body washes, and more!. Recently, it has been sold as a supplement that can be added to just about anything. However, did you know that that supplement is derived from animals?

So what exactly is collagen and how do we naturally produce it? Collagen is a protein produced by our bodies to provide our skin with structure and strengthen our bones. Also produced and found in other mammals, most collagen supplements are derived from the bones, skin, and connective tissue of animals, including cattle, fish, horses, pigs, or rabbits.

Here are a few ways that your body can naturally produce collagen using one of the oldest methods - a healthy diet. See below a list of foods that once consumed, help promote collagen production and what benefits they include:

  • Red vegetables - sun protection!

Examples: tomatoes, red peppers, beets

  • Dark green vegetables - vitamin C!

Examples: kale + broccoli

  • Orange vegetables - vitamin A!

Examples: carrots + sweet potatoes

  • Soy - anti-aging!

Examples: soy milk, soy cheese, tofu

  • White tea - protein enhancing!

  • Citrus fruits - vitamin C!

Examples: oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits

  • Garlic - sulfur, lipoic acid, and taurine!