About Building Collagen
Collagen, a major structural protein, shapes bodily organs and skin tissues, according to the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics. When collagen breaks down, skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Collagen production naturally slows with age, but with the right know-how you can build healthy collagen even in old age.
Collagen stability depends on hydroxyproline, according to the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics. When your body does not produce enough hydroxyproline, collagen production slows dramatically. In order to create hydroxyproline, your body needs two main ingredients -- vitamin C and oxygen. To ensure healthy collagen building, you must focus on increasing vitamin C and oxygen levels in your body.
Oranges, broccoli, blueberries, kiwi, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamin C. Over-the-counter vitamin C supplements and topical vitamin C can build collagen. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Avon's Anew Formula C, Cellex-C and Physician Elite contain stable topical vitamin C.
Oxygen is crucial to build hydroxyproline according to the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics. Hydroxyproline is crucial for collagen production. While extra oxygen is more difficult to obtain than vitamin C, it is not impossible. If you exercise for 30 minutes each day, you will increase blood flow and oxygenation for better collagen building, according to the book "Secrets of Great Skin." Also be sure to avoid cigarette smoke and other environmental pollutants. Smoke inhalants drastically limit collagen production.
UV rays slow collagen building, according to Northwestern University. To build collagen quickly and healthily, you must limit your exposure to sunlight. UV blocking sunscreen can help increase collagen production. Furthermore, you should use artificial tanning creams or sprays rather than UV tanning bed treatments. In addition to helping collagen production, UV avoidance will also prevent skin blemishes and reduce your risk for skin cancer.
Injectable collagen and fatty issue fillers are useful for jump-starting collagen production. In many cases, collagen injections do not influence natural collagen building. However, for some patients, collagen injections stimulate the growth of new, natural collagen production, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. Over time, natural collagen production will increase, and extend the period of time necessary between injection treatments.
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