Collagen for Joint and Skin Care
BySarah Axtell, ND •April 19, 2018
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. Production declines with age, leading to wrinkles, weak joint cartilage (osteoarthritis), saggy skin and cracked nails.
To Protect Collagen:
- Minimize exposure to sun! Wear sunscreen and hats.
- Oral and topical use of antioxidants. Look for skin-care products with vitamins C and E and green tea extract. Also, consider taking vitamin C, E and green tea extract (EGCG).
To Promote Collagen Synthesis:
- Vitamin C- Vitamin C is building block of collagen. Eat vitamin C-rich foods such as kiwis, citrus, bell peppers and broccoli. Consider taking 2-4 grams vitamin C supplement daily.
- Bone broth is a natural source of collagen.
- Collagen powder- Collagen can be taken as a powder, easily added tosmoothies, water or tea. I like Great Lakes collagen hydrolysate as acost-effective and tasteless powder.
- For osteoarthritis, I highly recommend Arthroben. Arthroben is a combination of collagen peptides and flavonoids. Its combination of nutrients works wonders to reduce inflammation, stimulate connective tissue repair and increase joint mobility and function. It can easily be added to water or smoothies. We carry this at Lakeside Natural Medicine.
To achieve that radiant and youthful glow, try this Glowing Green Smoothie.
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.