This article is inspired from one of the ladies groups I am following in Abu Dhabi. Her question My early lunch for helping the intake of collagen. Organic boiled egg, brown organic rice and quinoa seeds, humus, organic avocado, pumpkin seeds, 2 teaspoon of cold pressed organic pumpkin seeds oil, tomato, cucumber.
This article is inspired by a group of women I’m following in Abu Dhabi created few years ago by a local media influencer lady, Freya Jaffar. One of the ladies in group asks what kind of supplements to use to improve the amount of collagen because her age is over 35 years.
As everybody knows I’m not a person who recommends commerce supplements because they are mostly synthetic and come with a lot of disadvantages such as weight gain.
In the attached picture, i showed what I have prepared for today early lunch which I included almost only the ingredients that helps a correct diet and also to help your body’s collagen production.
Ingredients: Organic boiled egg, brown organic rice and quinoa seeds, humus, organic avocado, pumpkin seeds, 2 teaspoon of cold pressed organic pumpkin seeds oil, tomato, cucumber.
Are you above 35? Your skin loses firmness, your joints hurts, your hair and your nails are not anymore strong and beautiful, u need to know that our body starts producing less and less collagen.
It is necessary to consider eating more nutrients and vitamins like example: Pumpkin cold pressed oils, Green and organic source of vegetables like Kale, avocado, Vitamin C that is found in foods such as citrus fruits, kiwi, and pineapple, Copper found in foods such as cocoa powder, spirulina powder, Glycine and zinc found in in wild salmon, oysters, beef broth..etc
Luckily, there are plenty sources of collagen out there too, as well as antioxidant-rich foods to help boost your intake so your body stays in tip-top shape. Some of the most basic foods can do wonders for our skin, so here u go Mihaela’s three simplest things you can eat to help your body’s collagen production and get that glow back.
1. Green Fresh Vegetables (preferable organic source)
Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale offer antioxidants that protect against the free radicals that breakdown collagen. Red veggies like beets, tomatoes and red peppers are full of lycopene, which boosts collagen and protects against sun damage. Orange produce like carrots and sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, which restores collagen that’s been damaged.
2. Spirulina and Chlorella Powder in your shakes
This days two of them are very popular as a health supplement, containing lots of iron and copper (important minerals for forming collagen). Example a single teaspoon of spirulina contains more glycine and proline than a large egg white.
3. Citrus Fruits
While citrus fruits like grapefruits and lemons don’t contain glycine or proline, they do contain high amounts of vitamin C.
Our bodies need vitamin C to produce collagen, the antioxidant properties of vitamin C also prevent enzymes and free-radicals from breaking down collagen.
Myself, for better and good source of Vitamin C i add one drop of food grade certified Lemon Essential Oil in my morning glass of water.
What is actually the collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells, increase the strength of your nails by preventing brittleness, stimulate your hair and nails to grow longer, relieving joint pain, helping in a faster metabolism, improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety.