What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein and its main responsibility is to build the structural components of our bodies. Muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, and tendons contain mass amounts of these collagen cells. Without collagen these tissues fail to perform properly. We have abundant amounts of collagen protein cells in our bodies when we are young. But, as we age, we need to take better care to eat the right foods to help us maintain our collagen cells and avoid the foods that can cause the premature breakdown of these collagen protein cells.
We can begin to experience pain when the collagen cells in our bodies fail to produce healthy cells. This loss of collagen can cause muscle soreness and stiffness, bone pain when bones rub together in areas where there is no longer adequate collagen, heart or chest pain (angina) when the heart muscle or blood vessels lose strength, or body aches when tendons become weak and can no longer support our muscles and bones.
Collagen is a very vital part of our health and it can help us maintain a pain free life! Here are some things to include in your diet so that you can get more collagen:
Sometimes it is necessary use a collagen supplement, especially if you are having a lot of pain or if you suffer from a condition that deteriorates your collagen cells more quickly. Also, those who are older should consider supplementing with collagen since the breakdown of collagen cells occurs more quickly as we age.
You can find a collagen supplement in most health food stores. And you can check out Nujuvena's Joint Support Dietary Supplement. It has Collagen in it, as well as 8 other beneficial ingredients to promote joint comfort.
The Role of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are extremely beneficial in helping to protect against the breakdown of collagen cells. This is because antioxidants are free radical scavengers that protect against the damage that free radicals cause. They do this by donating electrons to unstable cells to make them stable. Otherwise free radicals will take electrons from other cells causing them to breakdown. You can help to slow down this process by eating foods that are rich in antioxidants.
Foods rich in antioxidants include:
- Goji berries
- Kidney beans
Include these foods in your diet to help scavenge for free radicals in your body, which will help protect your collagen cells. You can easily add berries to smoothies, and cilantro tastes great in a salad. All of these foods are readily available at your local grocery store either fresh or frozen. Frozen berries are great to have on hand in your freezer when they are not in season; you can use them for smoothies or to naturally flavor things like yogurt or applesauce.
Vitamin C is a necessary piece of the puzzle when it comes to the healthy production of collagen. It is needed to synthesize the protein. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and our bodies can easily become depleted of it. We also use higher amounts of Vitamin C during times of stress, which is common in our modern society. If maintaining and building healthy collagen is one of your goals, it would be wise to also consume foods which are high in Vitamin C or add a Vitamin C supplement to your diet.
Foods rich in Vitamin C include:
- Citrus fruits
- Sweet peppers
- Brussels sprouts
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant and will help to prevent the damage that free radicals cause to the body. Vitamin C supplements can easily be found at your local health food store.
Foods Rich in Collagen
There are many foods that you can eat to help your body maintain and build healthy collagen cells. It’s important to include these in your diet on a daily basis.
Bone broth is an excellent way to get collagen. Bone broth is made from boiling the bones and connective tissue of animals, usually chickens or cows, for a very long time. This long and slow boil releases the collagen from the bones into the water. Drink a cup of bone broth every day to enhance your collagen protecting diet.
Other foods that help your body to produce collagen along with those listed above include:
- Red fruits and vegetables
- Green beans
- Flax seeds
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