Collagen Boosting Foods For Your Anti-Aging Routine

Many clients that see Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins are interested in reclaiming their youthful look – skin that is tight, bright and upright! Dr. Perkins can offer many solutions – from facial cosmetic surgery (facelifts, brow lifts, etc.,) to medical spa aesthetic treatments, and physician-grade products. While we could write pages on all of the above, we are dedicating this article to something that is often overlooked – the food we eat. There are lots of food choices that have great beneficial value to help your skin maintain (or regain) that youthful glow. 
Collagen – the foundation of the skin’s support structure – breaks down as we age due to a number of reasons (environmental, hereditary, lifestyle) and, as a result, the skin becomes saggy, wrinkles and fine lines form, volume is lost, and the person begins to look old. Give your collagen a boost from the inside out by eating these replenishing foods that can help restore, repair, and regenerate collagen: 
  • Egg Whites. High in amino acids – proline and lysine – egg whites can help support your body’s natural production of collagen. For those who don’t eat eggs or egg whites, peanuts are a particularly good source of lysine. 
  • Berries. These power-packed fruits ward off free radicals (that break down collagen and cause wrinkling and damage) while increasing collagen levels. 
  • White Tea. Studies show that white tea is believed to prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen and may protect the structural proteins of the skin.
  • Garlic. Lipoic acid and taurine, found in garlic, helps rebuild collagen fibers that have been damaged. 
  • Citrus Fruits. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes are all rich in vitamin C and have the ability to help amino acids (proline and lysine) convert to collagen. Vitamin C also helps to neutralize free radicals.
  • Soy. Edamame, tofu, or soy milk – all soy contains plant hormones that serve as antioxidants (known as genistein) which help to promote collagen production and block aging enzymes.
  • Orange Vegetables. Carrots and sweet potatoes – examples of orange veggies – are rich in vitamin A, which helps to restore and regenerate damaged collagen.
  • Dark Green Vegetables. Rev up collagen production with dark green veggies like spinach and kale. 
  • Red Vegetables. Lycopene is found in red veggies like tomatoes, beets, and peppers. Lycopene protects the skin from damage which increasing collagen levels and can also act as a natural sunblock.
  • Fish. Give your body a supply of omega-3 fatty acids through fish like salmon and tuna. This will nourish the skin cells fatty membrane that supports the skin structure. 
Add these to your shopping list and charge up your anti-aging routine! 
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