How Taking the Right Vitamins Can Increase Collagen Production
Let’s face it, we invest a lot of time and money in our efforts to turn back the proverbial hands of time. From anti-aging lotions, potions to serums, staying one step ahead of gravity is almost a full time job!
While a proper anti-aging skin care routine is imperative to looking years younger than the date on your driver’s license, you can see our anti-aging skin care tips and video HERE, it is possible to give those lines and wrinkles a cease and desist order from the inside out.
Taking the right vitamins can actually boost your body’s ability to slow down the aging process. Here’s a list of the top vitamins, according to the experts, to help reduce wrinkles and fight free radicals. Free radicals are the bad guys who attack our DNA and break down collagen, which translates to wrinkles, my friends.
Consider Vitamin C one of your best allies in the anti-aging war. Not only does it fight free radicals, “Vitamin C helps form collagen, which smooths fine lines and wrinkles” according to Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Recommended daily allowance for women over 19 is 75 mg, according to The National Institute of Health. If you smoke, you’ll need to increase that to 35 mg a day.
We’re a fan of all the Garden of Life health supplements.
Vitamin E, according to the experts, is at the top of the anti-aging list. As we age, our Vitamin E levels decline (along with collagen production). Taking a Vitamin E supplement has been associated with reducing age related conditions and acts as a powerful antioxidant, which protects cells from free radicals. Vitamin E is not only good for the skin, it helps with cardiovascular and the immune system.
The recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E, according to The National Institute of Health is 15 mg.
Look for a natural, non-synthetic Vitamin E with a mix of tocopherols and tocotrienols, like this popular Vitamin E from Solar.
According to Prevention Magazine, “In a large double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in early 2014, women took 2.5 g of a particular hydrolyzed collagen peptide (brand name Verisol) once a day; after 8 weeks, researchers measured a 20% reduction in wrinkle depth around the women’s eyes.” Impressive, data, right?
The study provided even more great anti-aging news, “Even more significant, levels of the body’s own procollagen (the precursor to collagen) were significantly elevated, with production up by an impressive 65%. It seems that, however improbably, the pills in this study could make a woman’s skin behave like a younger version of itself.” I don’t know about you, but I’ll be ordering collagen supplements by the case!
I use this liquid collagen from Applied Nutrition. It comes in individual servings, which I mix with water and take daily. In less than a week, my nails are already growing and I’ve seen less breakage.
If you prefer a capsule collagen, we also like this one by Nature’s Bounty.
Olive oil ~ it’s not just the perfect tasty salad dressing ingredient, it’s a magical golden elixir that is good for the body and skin, from the inside out that dates back centuries. Did you know the ancient Greeks made skincare products out of olive oil and honey?
According to Life Extension Magazine, “Olive oil has built a strong reputation for defending against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases. But newly released studies demonstrate that by incorporating olive oil into your daily diet, you may also protect against other age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, skin aging.”
These days, many olive oils found at the grocery store are not pure, and have been mixed with other oils. To get the most most anti-aging and health benefits from this golden oil, visit your local olive oil store and ask for first pressed with the highest levels of polyphenols.
I take two teaspoons of olive oil each day and wash it down with a nice sip of hot java!
So here’s to fighting the signs of aging from the inside out!
Wishing you good health and much happiness, darlings.