Within the world of medical spas and other facilities that serve many in the anti-aging realm, collagen is a common topic. Known in some circles as “the youth protein,” collagen is a naturally-occurring bodily compound that has a great deal to do with maintaining a healthy, youthful appearance – in fact, certain dermal fillers used in medical spas will contain some amount of collagen as part of their anti-aging effects.
At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re proud to offer not only Botox injections and dermal fillers like Juvederm, but also other anti-aging services, from laser treatments to skin care products and more. We know all about collagen and other important anti-aging compounds, and we’re happy to offer expertise on any of these areas. One major item when it comes to collagen in particular, including for those looking to keep their look young and healthy: Collagen is easy to find in some common foods you eat, and this is a great way to promote its presence in your body. This two-part blog series will go over what collagen is and why it’s important, plus some of the best food types to promote if you want to increase your body’s natural collagen content.
Collagen Basics and Role
As we noted above, collagen occurs naturally in the body – in fact, there are over 30 different variations, though most are the type found in skin, tendons, cartilage and related areas. Collagen is a protein, the most common protein in the body in fact, and it has long fibers that give skin and other areas their strength and tensile ability.
Collagen also plays a role in skin cell repair and regeneration of skin cells, plus helps maintain healthy levels of skin hydration. As we get older, however, the body produces less of its own collagen – this may be one reason, among others, why some people deal with lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and related issues.
As we noted above, though, there are several foods that contain collagen naturally and will promote its presence in your body. Our next several sections, and into part two of our series, will hit on these.
Lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits and other members of the citrus family are fantastic not only for collagen levels, but for overall skin health. Our body contains what are called fibroblasts, or cells that create collagen – these need vitamin C to turn amino acids into this collagen, and citrus fruits are a great way of adding this vitamin C.
Another vital part of complexion is omega fatty acids, which are found in high quantities in fish. Omegas allow the skin to be both healthy and permeable – fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and others are ideal.
Many are aware of the numerous benefits of avocados for overall health, and skin health is just one of these. Avocado oil extracts are common in many skincare products, and part of this is because they’re rich in vitamins C and E, plus folate and copper – all of which increase the production of collagen within the skin. In addition, avocados have tons of biotin, a compound that provides great regenerative benefits for skin.
For more on the foods that promote collagen content, or to learn about any of our skin care products, laser treatments or services like Botox, speak to the med spa staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.