Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, found in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. It is the substance “glue” that holds the body together.
Collagen occurs throughout the body, but especially in the skin, bones, and connective tissues. Our bodies naturally make collagen from the amino acids, vitamins and minerals that we eat. But the body’s collagen production naturally declines with age and exposure to factors such as smoking and UV light and high sugar consumption.
The new trend of collagen supplements suggests that ingesting collagen can aid in overall tissue health, unfortunately there is not a lot of research to support the effectiveness of supplements. However, through a healthful diet, you can give your body the collagen-building tools it needs:
Foods high in Vitamin C – including tomatoes, citrus fruits, kiwis, papayas, bell pepper sand broccoli.
Eat lots of veggies – dark, leafy greens (spinach, kale); red veggies (beets, tomatoes); orange veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes)
Get enough sulfur – found in eggs, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, cabbage, onions, shallots and leeks.
Add a little copper to your diet – found in nuts, shellfish and red meat.
If you want to look and feel young, a healthy diet and lifestyle is the way to go!
(ref: medicalnewstoday.com; rodalesorganiclife.com; dr. kellyann petrucci)
Recipe of the Week:
Arugula Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing makes a great side dish, but you can turn it into an entrée by topping with prosciutto and/or a fried egg.
Quote of the Week:
“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering I will try again tomorrow.”
- Mary Anne Radmacher