Edible Beauty & 5 ways collagen can improve your wellbeing
One of the hottest topics hitting the beauty blogs around the world is the notion of ‘edible beauty’.
Edible beauty describes foods that nourish our skin from the inside out – helping to provide the specific nutrients our skin needs. Foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, silica, zinc, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids are among our favourites for nourishing the skin from within. In addition to these nutrients, collagen has emerged as one of the most important ‘edible beauty’ supplements, with clinical trials backing up its claims when it comes to improving skin health.
Collagen can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Who doesn’t want younger looking skin naturally? Clinical trials using collagen have shown that it improves skin elasticity, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and aged skin. Best of all, results can be seen in as little as 6 weeks with regular supplementation.
Collagen stimulates hyaluronic acid production.
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our skin where it helps to retain water giving the appearance of plumped and hydrated skin. When production of hyaluronic acid declines, skin moisture levels follow which can result in dry, lacklustre skin. Collagen has been shown to stimulate hyaluronic acid production in vitro. Researchers think that it is this effect of increasing hyaluronic acid production that causes collagen to boost skin hydration and moisture levels.
Collagen reduces cellulite.
The news is good for cellulite sufferers too – a 2015 clinical trial found that regular consumption of collagen resulted in a clear improvement in the appearance of cellulite in women, most likely by improving the dermal density of the skin.
Collagen improves digestive health.
Not just good for our skin – one of the key areas that collagen can help is your digestive system. By improving digestive function, collagen may enhance the assimilation and absorption of nutrients. This means that you’ll be absorbing the nutrients from the foods you eat and the supplements that you take.
Collagen supports joint health.
Collagen is an essential component of our joints as it provides structure and strength to our cartilage, tendons, ligaments and bones. For joint pain associated with arthritis and exercise, collagen has been used across all age groups.
Easily incorporate these collagen products into your daily diet:
- Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty. Available in both a powder and delicious ready-to-eat bars with one serve of collagen per bar.
- Gelatin Health Soft Skin powder.
- Amazonia Raw Collagen Glow 5000 powder.
For some nutritious recipe inspiration click here
By Alinda Boyd ~ Flannerys Naturopath
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