The vitamin C and the collagen They are two nutritional elements that are closely related inside the body. Also, both are considered two key micronutrients for the Health of the skin, so having optimal levels is essential.
Although, collagen is a substance that the body itself secretes. There are very few foods that contain collagen and those that do have a small dose. However, thanks to vitamin C, collagen values can be increased.
Having optimal levels of vitamin C will be reflected in higher levels of collagen, since the presence of this vitamin stimulates the production of collagen in the body.
Among other functions, collagen works as a glue between body structures, such as skin, muscles, cartilage or ligaments. In addition, it also allows better wound healing.
The ‘problems’ of collagen
Despite its importance for health and especially for the well-being of the skin, collagen has a number of drawbacks. As we said before, it is a protein that we can barely incorporate into the body through food.
It is found mainly in the connective tissues of animals. The skin of chicken, beef or fish could suppose an ingestion of collagen for the organism, but in a minimal proportion.
In addition, as we age, the body loses the ability to produce collagen. And all this is reflected in the skin with the loss of elasticity, the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.
Therefore, it is essential to consume foods with vitamin C. Beyond the important benefits that this micronutrient generates, it will also help increase collagen levels.
In addition, in recent years many people and mainly famous people have joined the trend of taking collagen supplements every day, to have healthy skin and delay aging. We talk about personalities like Jennifer Aniston, Eva González or Carmen Lomana.
Foods with vitamin C
Some experts speak of fish, eggs, vegetables, red meat and nuts to increase collagen levels; as well as those that contain Omega 3. But mostly, the intake of foods with vitamin C is key:
- Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemon or grapefruit.
- Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberry.
- Red peppers.
Ultimately, the best source of vitamin C is citrus fruits and vegetables. By introducing these foods regularly in our diet we will see increased levels of this vitamin and we will also stimulate a greater production of collagen.
In addition, it must be taken into account that there are a series of foods and nutrients that generate the opposite effect. That is, they reduce the production of collagen. We are talking about excess sugar and refined carbohydrates, which can cause inflammation and deteriorate collagen.
Finally, consuming fruits and vegetables will have a positive impact on people’s health, due to the great properties of these foods. The experts of the Spanish Nutrition Foundation They claim that following a healthy diet helps you live longer and better.