Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body; in fact it is present in 30% of the body. It is mainly found in bones, skin or in joint tissue like ligaments, tendons and cartilages. What are its functions?
It helps the bones become resistant and solid. It helps the cartilages by creating structures that can absorb impact that cause injury. In tendons and ligaments together with Chondroitin it favours tissue resistance and elasticity and together with Keratin it strengthens the skin.
What happens if our body lacks collagen?
Our body is capable of generating its own collagen, but this capacity decreases with age. One of the main consequences affects joints as cartilages wear away. In bones, the loss of bone density can turn into osteoporosis. In skin, wrinkles, dryness and loss of elasticity is caused as well as other consequences such as varicose veins, tendinitis or hair loss.
What foods help produce collagen?
Food rich in Protein, Food rich in Vitamin C, Food rich in Genistein. (a phytoestrogen that belongs to the category of isoflavones). Food rich in Sulphur. There are also food supplements like DensAvant comprised of (Collagen, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Vitamins K, C and D) which give us an extra boost to favor collagen production in our body.