Wellness Wednesdays by Nurse Fiona- Nutrients to support Collagen growth
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It plays a central role in tissue health. Collagen is an important component of skin, tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, digestive system and bones. Our collagen levels begin to decline from the age of 27 leading to the hallmark signs of ageing such as wrinkles, hair loss & joint pain. Lifestyle factors such as UV exposure, smoking & a diet high in refined carbohydrates can accelerate this process. Nuriss anti-ageing treatments work on the principle of promoting your own collagen, leading to tighter & brighter skin without the need for invasive treatments.
It is key that you are consuming the right nutrients to promote collagen synthesis. Your body relies on several nutrients from your diet to produce collagen, including a number of essential vitamins, minerals & amino acids. We recommend consuming these nutrients through diet or a high quality supplement such as @revivebeautycomplex to ensure you have the building blocks to make collagen.
Nutrients required for collagen synthesis
- Vitamin C
- Good protein intake
- Omega 3
- Silicon & Sulfur
Nurse Fiona’s top tips to promote collagen growth
- Consume bone broth 3 x per week: This ancient, healing recipe is abundant in the amino acid glycine & other amino acids needed to form collagen. This is simple to make & can be added to soups, stews or by itself
- Glutathione IV therapy: This master antioxidant contains glycine, glutamic acid & cysteine. Cysteine is a sulfur-rich antioxidant that plays a major role in collagen synthesis.
- Increase intake of minerals: Zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium & chromium come from good quality soil. Over the last 60 years levels of these minerals have been depleted by over 60%. These minerals are necessary for collagen remodelling. Consume fresh fruits & vegetables grown in organic soil. Consume 1 small handful of nuts & seeds daily
- Consume hydrolyzed collagen: This form of collagen has an absorption rate of over 90% compared to other forms of collagen with rates of 27% or less in food.
- Consume a high quality fish oil supplement: Fish oil is high in Vitamin A & Omega 3. Recent research from the University of Texas concluded that Vitamin A found in fish oil can promote the formation of new collagen fibers within your skin.