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The truth is that feeling young and looking young goes hand in hand with intensive care of our habits. A sedentary person does not age the same as a person who exercises, eats healthy, and does not smoke or consume liquor. But the joke is that we are all going to grow old, only some slower and better than others.
The good thing is that we always have the possibility to change habits and eat better. Yes, because the source of good health and physical appearance is what we consume.
Collagen and how it influences our body
Collagen is a protein that holds together different structures of the body. It is so abundant in the body, to the point that it is estimated that one out of every four proteins in the body is collagen (more or less 7% of a person's body mass).
Even more interesting is that about 1/4 of collagen is present in the skin, bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Thus the matter, collagen is vital to provide resistance and elasticity to the skin, bones, and muscles of the body.
In short, with age the production of collagen is detrimental, and it is necessary that we increase the intake of food or nutritional supplements that provide us with enough quantity to maintain the health of the body in general.
Collagen functions in the human body
Being more explicit, collagen serves in the human body to:
Collagen gives flexibility to the body's tissues, making the skin elastic, and reducing wrinkles.
2 Retains a large amount of water
This happens thanks to the fact that it has vitamin C, and that together with the action of enzymes, hyaluronic acid is produced, which has the ability to retain a large amount of water.
3 Improves joints
This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
4 Beauty and health of hair and nails
Helps hair grow stronger and nails get stronger.
5 It also benefits cardiovascular health
What Foods Have Collagen?
The range is very varied, and below I will present a list of many of the foods with which you can supplement your daily diet to improve the intake of this protein.
This delicious dessert is obtained by partial hydrolysis of the collagen extracted from the skin, boiled and ground bone, the hooves, bones, tendons, organs, and viscera of cattle, pigs, horses, and poultry.
Yes, I know it sounds a bit strange, but that does not reduce the benefits that dessert has for humans, which helps both in the recovery process after surgery as well as in daily life.
You have to know how to choose the pieces of meat to eat, preferably lean chicken, turkey, or rabbit. In this way, our body can have enough amino acids so that cartilage and joints are healthy.
Within the classification of these fish are salmon, sardines, or mackerel. Consuming them helps maintain cardiovascular health and also that of the skin and bones.
Eating eggs for breakfast provides a good portion not only of other types of proteins but also of collagen as a protector of the bone system in general.
Lemon, being rich in vitamin C, acts as a natural antioxidant and helps the body in the production of collagen, so the skin will look smoother and rejuvenated.
Consuming strawberries helps not only by providing collagen to the body but also protects what our body produces. It is recommended to consume them with a little yogurt or cheese in the morning so that the absorption occurs during the day.
They have a high content of proteins that help the body in the production of collagen.
It is rich in sulfur, so its consumption improves blood circulation and increases collagen production.
Peanuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, and walnuts provide the body with a large number of fatty acids, omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9. These help the body in the production of collagen, which will be reflected in your skin.
Tomatoes and paprika (peppers)
Both are rich in lycopene, an excellent antioxidant that contributes to collagen secretion. It is also found in fruits like watermelon, cherries, strawberries, and raspberries.
If in addition to consuming these foods you exercise and choose to abandon bad habits of life, I guarantee that you will enjoy not only physical but also emotional health and a radiant appearance.
Don't forget, you are what you eat.