Help your body produce collagen by eating these foods!

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As well as taking collagen in Beauty & Go, there are some additional dietary measures you can take to help your body produce collagen. Various nutrients are required for collagen synthesis, which I have included in my collagen boosting diet.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is required for collagen formation, as a co-factor for the enzymes involved in its production. Increasing your intake of this essential vitamin will therefore help your body produce more collagen. Vitamin C is found in all fruits and vegetables, so get your 5-7 daily servings. Those with particularly high levels are peppers, broccoli, kale, peas, tomatoes, kiwi fruit, berries, citrus fruit, guavas and papaya.

Protein

Collagen is made from two amino acids (glycine and proline), which can be made by the body, but are also present in protein foods. Eating good quality, healthy protein every day is therefore beneficial. Fish, eggs, chicken, tofu, beans, lentils, quinoa, nuts and seeds are all great. Eggs are especially good as they are a rich source of proline and lysine.

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Antioxidants

Antioxidants help protect collagen from damage and degradation by free radicals. Include plenty of high antioxidant foods such as berries, dark leafy greens, plums, artichokes, pecan nuts, fresh herbs, cocoa, green tea and your daily Beauty & Go, which contains MACROantioxidants®.

Minerals

The minerals manganese, copper and zinc are needed to activate enzymes involved in the formation and maturation of collagen. For example, manganese is needed for the production of proline, while copper is involved in cross-linking collagen fibres to make them stronger. Seafood, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, spinach and other leafy greens, wholegrains, mushrooms and cocoa are high in these minerals. All Beauty & Go drinks contain manganese and zinc is in the Skin Detox and Skin Brilliance drinks.

Foods to avoid
  • Refined sugar is one of the most damaging foods for your skin. When sugar reacts with body tissues, including collagen and elastin, it leads to the formation of aptly named AGEs (advanced glycation end products). These cause cells to become stiff, losing their elasticity and becoming more prone to damage and premature ageing.
  • Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white flour, white rice, white pasta, pastry and corn flakes cause blood sugar fluctuations, which increase AGE formation.
  • Red Meat contains pre-formed AGEs and fried foods, barbequed and overcooked foods all increase AGE formation, so should be limited.