From a certain age the body loses its ability to produce this substance that maintains the tonicity of the skin, and it becomes necessary to incorporate it externally.
If you are over 35 years old you are likely to notice that your skin has less elasticity, firmness and the first wrinkles are appearing. The responsibility for everything to be in place so far is collagen, which begins to be lost after the age of 25 and its effects are more evident after 35. Collagen is a protein secreted by connective tissue cells called fibroblasts. It constitutes about 30% of the total protein mass of the organism, and 80% of the total connective tissue. The health of the skin is directly linked to collagen, because it is responsible for protecting the structures of the body and form a barrier to harmful external agents and toxins. It is the major component of hair and nails and also of the ligaments and connective tissues. More specifically, it is responsible for the firmness of the skin as it makes up the bulk of the dermis. That is why, as collagen decreases, epithelial structures become weaker, skin becomes thinner, hair is less strong, wrinkles and sagging appear. Also the tendons and ligaments are less elastic and the joints lose flexibility.
Factors that accelerate the loss of collagen
- Exposure to the sun.
- Some toxic.
In addition stress and exaggerated physical exercise increase the production of free radicals that destroy existing collagen. And the lack of hormonal production that occurs during menopause and aging also decrease their production.
How can we recover it?
However, we can recover the collagen lost thanks to some foods that are rich in this protein and others that help to create it.
Meat is an important nutritional element in the diet, because of its high contribution of collagen, especially meat of: cow, chicken, goat, ox, deer, pork (especially the legs).
Although the fish has less concentration of this nutrient in comparison with the meat, it owns great quantity of proteins.
Gelatine is 90% composed of derivatives of collagen protein. It is also low in calories.
Red fruits and vegetables
Red fruits such as apples, strawberries, cherries, beets, red peppers, etc., contain lycopene, a substance that, in addition to being an antioxidant, helps the production of collagen.
Fruits rich in vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen. We find it in orange, lemon, kiwi, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and some others. They also contain antioxidants that reduce the formation of wrinkles.
Vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, aubergines, cabbage, escarole lettuce and spinach are excellent for the production of collagen.
Foods rich in sulfur
Foods such as celery, green and black olives, garlic, cucumber, bananas, onions or tofu have a high sulfur content, which stimulates the production of collagen.
Copper aids in the formation of collagen in the body, so it is beneficial to increase the consumption of copper-rich foods such as viscera, liver, seafood, oysters, green leafy vegetables, nuts and legumes.
Other foods that you should include in your diet are soy milk, cheese, tea, nuts. Also, the Omega 3 found in salmon and tuna protects the fatty membrane around the skin cells. As a result, it reduces inflammation and provides elasticity and firmness.
Also try to incorporate it with natural supplements, like our Geneo Line: not only helps you maintain and recover collagen, collaborates with pigmentation and contributes to the protection of the skin in the sun.
All these products are natural and easy to get. Combine them in a diet to your liking, that is healthy and balanced, and you will notice the benefits, not only in your skin.