Unfortunately, it is no fairy tale. Our skin loses its elasticity and resiliency after the age of 30. This is mainly due to the decline in collagen formation. Collagen is a vital structural protein, and about 80 percent of our connective tissue consists of it. As an important structural material, collagen holds together many of our body parts in the form of cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Therefore, it is all the more important to maintain this supportive material in our body. Healthy nutrition is part of the Susanne Kaufmann™ holistic antiaging approach and is the perfect complement to Susanne Kaufmann™ care products.
Protect. A healthy skin, as the largest organ of our body, has an important protective function against environmental influences. Yet another reason to strengthen our outermost layer. There are about 16 different collagen types in our body. However, the majority of the collagen in our bodies are types 1, 2, and 3. Collagen types 1 and 2 are important for our skin, bones, ligaments, and tendons, and type 3 strengthens our joints. Foods containing these collagen types are mostly of animal origin and can be rapidly absorbed by the human body. Plant-based foods help with micronutrients, vitamins, and proteins to stimulate collagen production.
These are our top four foods to give an extra boost to collagen production:
1. Bone broth: Good old beef bone broth is the simple food that not only stimulates the body’s collagen formation, but also itself contains collagen. As a bonus, the broth provides amino acids, electrolytes, and proteins that contribute to a healthy complexion.
2. Wild salmon: Wild salmon contains the micronutrient zinc, which activates the proteins responsible for collagen production. Wild salmon also contains valuable omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties, stimulate the growth of skin cells, and optimize the skin’s hydration.
3. Chlorella: These microalgae are rich in vitamin A, which intensively stimulates collagen formation. Chlorella can also act as a cell-protecting and cell-repairing agent.
4. Citrus fruits: The vitamin C contained in citrus fruits is not only an antioxidant, but helps our body bind amino acids such as proline to form hydroxyproline, which is an important component of collagen and elastin.
Eat your way to a healthy skin!