Collagen is a very important glue protein in your body. As part of our connective tissue, it provides elasticity and strength throughout the body. Our joints, bones, muscles, cartilage, hair, nails, connective tissue and skin are made of collagen. The natural collagen production decreases more and more from the age of 25. How can this collagen deficiency be remedied? Can we stimulate collagen production with nutrition?
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What is collagen and what does it do?
Before we start looking at what foods contain collagen, it might be good to refresh your memory a little. Read all about collagen ‘what is collagen’ in this article. Curious about the benefits of collagen for the skin? Then read ‘what does collagen do for the skin’.
Collagen in food
Collagen is mainly found in the skins and bones of animals. In the past, we used to boil stock from them, which did indeed provide us with quite a lot of collagen. Nowadays we no longer make bouillon from bones and fish heads and we do not eat the skins of animals either. With today’s diet, we only get 5% of the collagen we need. Our natural collagen production decreases as we age. It is therefore important to boost collagen production! Drawing stock from fish or bones more often is a good start!
Nutrients that support collagen formation
In addition to foods containing collagen, there are also plant-based foods containing nutrients that stimulate the formation of collagen in our bodies. Vitamin C, for instance, is the building block of collagen. Zinc, copper, selenium and sulphur are also important nutrients that stimulate the production of collagen.
What foods can you eat to get extra collagen?
We now know which foods contain collagen and which nutrients stimulate collagen production. Want to get more collagen through your diet? Add the following foods to your diet:
- Fish or bone broth.
- Gelatin obtained from bones, tendons, cartilage and skin of various animals.
- Skin of animals or fish
- Fruit and vegetables rich in vitamin C: citrus fruits, blueberries, strawberries, etc.
- Nuts and seeds
Sugar causes collagen decrease
You can eat foods to make extra collagen, but many foods also speed up collagen loss. Foods high in sugar or refined carbohydrates (which the body converts back into sugars) damage collagen fibres. This process is called glycation: the sugars attach themselves to the collagen in the skin, causing it to harden and become damaged. The more the collagen is damaged and broken down, the more the connective tissue loses its strength and flexibility. The result: wrinkles, folds and sagging of the skin. Smoking and exposure to the sun also cause a decrease in collagen.
Stimulate collagen production
Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but this collagen production decreases with age. Stimulating collagen production is especially important after the age of 25, because from then on our body produces less and less collagen. A healthy and varied diet is very important for this, but we can also stimulate our collagen production with collagen supplements. If you know in advance that you are not going to make a fish skin broth every week, a collagen supplement is an easy addition.
Collagen powders, collagen tablets, collagen drinks… There are many options for taking extra collagen, but which collagen works best?
Collagen can be obtained from various natural sources such as fish, animals and plants. Fish collagen is the purest form of collagen. Its structure is similar to that of human skin. Within fish collagen, there are two different types:
Hydrolysed collagen uses heat, chemicals or acids to extract the collagen from the skin of the fish. This breaks down the structure of the collagen and you need a larger amount to experience results (often several grams). This form of collagen is often incorporated into collagen powders or collagen tablets, and you often need several tablets or scoops of powder per day to experience effects.
Native collagen is extracted from the skin of fish without heat, chemicals or acids, leaving the collagen structure intact. As a result, you need less collagen to experience results (from 40 mg). This form of collagen is very powerful, so you can already experience results with 1 supplement per day. Obtaining native collagen is a patented process. Skin for Skin’s fish collagen supplement is therefore the only native collagen supplement on the market.
The effect of native collagen
Because the structure of native collagen is completely intact, enzymes can easily absorb the collagen. The enzymes in the stomach cut up proteins for further transport and absorption.
What are the results of native fish collagen
In the skin, collagen is responsible for firmness and elasticity. The skin scan below shows that after using Skin for Skin collagen, only after five days, the collagen level in the skin has visibly increased. The green dots represent our connective tissue/collagen fibres. The white dots show our collagen, blue hyaluronic acid and red and yellow are cell activity renewal. The result? A firmer, fuller, hydrated and radiant skin!
Experiences with native collagen for the skin
Rena: I have been using this product for a few years now and wouldn’t want to be without it. My hair has become a lot thicker and my skin smoother. But what I like most is that I hardly have any pain in my shoulder and hip because of osteoarthritis.
Madeleine Jonkers: My hair and skin have become so much more beautiful and better after using collagen from skin for skin. Beautiful and good Dutch product!
Nelleke: Great product 🤩 my skin looks much smoother and my frown has completely disappeared. Also my weak ankle is much less bothering me now.
Manuelle: Big fan of this product from the beginning. Strong nails, shiny and calm skin. I hardly need to apply any oil. No more flakes. The sebum production on my scalp is also reduced. Capsules are easy to swallow.
Mary: The first product of Skin for Skin that I have used for more than 2 years now. I don’t want to be without it anymore, so many benefits I experience from taking collagen! Even if it is only those nasty cold sores that I don’t have any more! (I learned from the team: lysine is the magic word, and it is in their collagen!) Very satisfied.
Disclaimer: This is only some of the experiences of Skin for Skin collagen users. You can read more experiences on this page. The experiences are not scientific claims about the product. Read more about the operation of and experiences with collagen here.
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