Collagen: 3 Ways to Use It For Smoother, Younger Looking Skin

While I mostly focus on plant-based cuisine, in this blog I am going to talk about collagen supplements as they have been getting a lot of attention lately. If you are sticking to vegan cuisine, I will also share a tip on how to increase your own collagen production.

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What is collagen? 

Collagen is a protein found in the human or animal body that is responsible for holding the whole system together. It is also the protein that helps us grow strong nails, get shiny hair and enjoy smooth skin.

We are all born with a natural ability to produce collagen, but as we age we produce less and less. Additionally, overexposure to the sun can inhibit collagen production and increase the signs of aging.

Since sun is unavoidable in South Florida and no one can stop time, I want to share three tips that can help firm up your skin and bring you a youthful glow. 

Make your own collagen

The best way to increase your body’s production of collagen is through proper diet and by avoiding sun exposure. Because we build collagen when we consume protein, I recommend eating more sprouted mung beans, which are not only a great protein source, but they are also known for their anti-aging properties. Mix them up in a salad with vitamin C-rich red bell peppers and you’ve got yourself a true fountain of youth.

Watch my video to learn how to sprout your own mung beans.

Collagen in a soup

If you are not vegetarian or vegan then give bone broth a try. Bone broth is known for its protein content as well as its concentration of minerals, which are easy to digest and assimilate. My favorite company for a local bone broth is My Organic Juice (10058 Spanish Isles Blvd, Boca Raton; 561/405-8156). All the ingredients are always organic and the water is double-filtered through an adjustable pH system, which allows chefs to make sure pH is perfect for extracting nutrients out of the bones during the 48-hours cooking process.

Collagen in a smoothie

Even though I love making my own green smoothies, sometimes I don’t have time or even the desire to make one. I recently discovered the delicious WakeShake smoothie mixes by SuperBody Breakthrough. Not only do they contain skin-rejuvenating collagen, they taste as if you are having a decadent ice cream shake. My favorite has been the Cinnamon Roll flavor, which I have been blending with unsweetened almond milk and ice. Quick, easy, yummy and great for the skin? I’ll drink to that!

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.