Produce More Collagen

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As you become older, wrinkles, skin lines, and sagging appears. The skin loses its firmness and elasticity. This is due to the reduced production of collagen. Collagen is a kind of protein that contains amino acids and functions as a structural component of the connective tissues, like bones, skin, ligaments, and others. People experience sagging and wrinkles because they lose collagen as they age and the skin becomes thinner.

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Tighten Your Skin By Increasing Your Collagen Production

In an effort to tighten the skin, maybe people have resorted to having soft tissue fillers injected. These fillers may be cattle collagen or human fat, but if you want to try other ways, you try any or all of the suggestions below. You may not produce the same amount of collagen as before, but you can increase its production, without taking drastic measures.

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    Collagen supplement
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    You may add collagen supplements to your diet. These supplements may be in the form of liquid or pills. Collagen supplements can be combined with chondroitin and glucosamine which are supplements used for arthritis and joint problems. They can also be good for those people with osteoarthritis. But if you don't have problems with your joints, you may take collagen peptide supplements or collagen hydrolysate.
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    Increase your intake of vitamin C
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    Vitamin C lets you produce more collagen.
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    The result of consuming collagen supplements may vary for each person
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    Dietary supplements don't undergo the same testing as prescription drugs, and they are not regulated by United States Food and Drug Administration. You may consult a physician for further assistance.
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    Collagen cream
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    You may have seen information on television or in magazines about anti-aging creams. To choose the right cream, look at its label. Look for the following:  
    1. Retinol or retinoid. These nutrients let the skin replace old skin cells with new skin cells. The focuses on the layers of the skin where collagen provides firmness and support, and where new skin cells are being formed. When the skin is stimulated to replace old skin cells, it also stimulates the production of collagen.
    2. Tretinoin. These replenish the collagen in your skin cells. Since they are prescription drugs, they have stronger efficacy than the over-the-counter creams. And they may work where other collagen creams fail.
    3. Copper peptides. These creams aid in healing wounds faster. The purpose of collagen cream is to make the skin firm with a good texture in the short term. The real purpose is to induce the skin to produce more collagen.
    4. Although the cream helps make glowing skin, there is no guarantee it will make you look as young as you looked 10 years ago, as they often claim to do.
    5. Applying inorganic peptide will do more harm than good. It produces free radicals.
    6. Organic copper peptide is safe. It promotes healing of wounds and growth of hair. It also firms skin and smooths out wrinkles.
    7. Growth hormones and factors. These will help build more collagen. Babies and young people don't have wrinkles because they produce more collagen.
    8. Amino acids. Threonine is an amino acid that produces collagen. Amino acid is the building block of collagen. Essential amino acid cannot be made naturally by the body, and threonine is among these. So you can get it through supplements or in the diet. Threonine containing foods are peanuts, lentils, eggs, pork, milk, chicken and beef. Vegetative foods that contain it include chickpeas, soybeans, snap beans, asparagus and hummus.
    9. Proline. Another amino acid that helps in the production of collagen is proline. Proline is a nonessential amino acid. This can be produced by other essential amino acids or by the body itself. Food sources of proline are soy, gelatin, beef, cheese, and cabbage. Vitamin C works well with proline in producing collagen. Sources of vitamin C are limes, lemons, and oranges.
    10. Collagen injections. This involves injecting collagen - human or bovine collagen - under the wrinkles. It pushes up the wrinkle and makes it less unnoticeable. The side effect is that you could become allergic to it, so you need to undergo skin testing.
    11. Vitamin C. This helps boost the production of collagen and works well with other nutrients. Other illnesses that a person may experience when he is lacking in vitamin C is slow healing of the wounds, skin hemorrhages, and bleeding gums. These are all due to collagen production being impaired. Consuming vitamin C can be done orally or topically.
    12. MMP inhibitors. Botanical MMP inhibitors include Butcher's broom rhizome, a plant that strengthens the veins because of elastase inhibition. Tea extract is also one - among the best of the teas, are white and green tea.
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    Avoid exposure to toxins, peroxides, superoxides anion, and single oxygen
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    These toxins damage the cell membranes, DNA, and collagen fibers.
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    Avoid tanning beds
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    Not only do they break down collagen, but also the UVA rays promote skin cancer. These rays penetrate deeply into the skin.
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    Eat fruits and vegetables
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    These are foods that are high in antioxidants. It preserves other tissues and collagen. And incites the production of more collagen.
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    Avoid smoking
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    This stimulates the degradation of collagen.
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    Apply topical antioxidants
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    Not only can antioxidants be eaten, but they can also be consumed topically. Use products that contain vitamin E and C, as they reduce the damages caused by the ultraviolet rays.
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    Try radiofrequency treatment
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    This will tighten the skin and induce the formation of collagen.
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Tips, Suggestions & Warnings

  • Moisturizer will help you make wrinkles and fine lines look less noticeable and smaller. It performs in the outer layer of the skin. Unlike supplements and creams for collagen that processes on the deep layer of the skin.
  • The sun promotes the breakdown of collagen. So stay away from the sun or at least use sunscreen - 30 SPF minumum.
  • Although the body reduces the production of collagen as it ages, it will still continue to produce collagen.
  • Gelatin is a kind of denatured collagen; so consuming collagen itself promotes an increase of the collagen level in the body. You don't want to snack on gelatin, but rather can take a gelatin hydrolysate supplement in the form of liquid or pill.
  • Collagen creams have molecules that are big enough to penetrate the inner layer of the skin, which is the dermis. So when you apply collagen cream it can only work on the outer layer. Although there are small findings that there is a cream that can penetrate the dermis, even that cream has large molecules.

Questions and Answers

What food produces collagen quickly?

Foods that are rich in vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids and protein will help your body produce collagen more efficiently. Vitamin C is one of the boosting super nutrients for collagen production. Proteins composed of elastin and keratin are ones that maintain young looking skin. Omega 3 fatty acids can enhance ligaments' fibroblast collagen formation that can promote soft and smooth skin. The foods in the list below contain the essential nutrients and vitamins needed for collagen production.

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  • Fish like salmon, tuna and sardines are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. If you want to boost the production of collagen in your body, you must eat those foods. Three to four ounces at least twice a week gives you sufficient amounts of foods that will give you essential Omega 3's. If you don't eat fish or you can't afford it, you can take supplements of flax seed oil instead. Cashews, pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts also contain healthy amounts of omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Fruits and vegetables are the natural sources of vitamin C that can also help you to produce collagen quickly.
    • Dark leafy vegetables
    • Oranges, guavas and grapefruits
    • Blackcurrants and lychees
    • Red fruits and vegetables, including beets and red peppers.
    • Hot and sweet peppers
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  • Tomatoes. They contain high amounts of lycopene, which acts as an antioxidant and inhibits collagenases, an enzyme that destroys collagen in your body. Tomatoes contain even more lycopene when cooked.
  • Garlic contains sulfur that is essential in producing collagen quickly. It also contains lipoid acid and taurine, and supports rebuilding of damaged collagen fibers. It is better to add plenty of garlic as a regular ingredient of your meat dishes, and whatever you cook that requires garlic.
  • Chocolate. Blissfully, chocolate also contains antioxidants (highest levels found in dark chocolate) and are really good in keeping your skin smooth and soft. It also can provide some protection from UV damage. Some people, however, have an adverse reaction to eating chocolate, and their skin ends up breaking out, and does not look beautiful and smooth.
  • Rosehips. These berry like hips are left on the rose bush after it blooms. You can also purchase rosehip oil, and drink rosehip tea. They contain high levels of vitamin C, which is good in boosting the production of collagen.
  • Soy products. Items such as soy cheese and soymilk contain genistein, a substance that helps battle skin aging and produces collagen very quickly. Eat plenty of soy products if you want to avoid aging signs in your skin. You can also use soy as a substitute for meat.
  • Foods rich in vitamin A. These can also help to boost production of collagen in your body and will help maintain a high level of collagen. Examples are baked sweet potatoes, raw carrots, and fresh cantaloupe.

Eating all the foods mentioned here will make a big difference in the quality of your skin tone and will also improve your overall health. You can now stop buying products claiming that they contain collagen, and at the same time you can save money. Forgo the collagen cream and start buying food that will really help you to rebuild the collagen you've lost!

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