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Mother Nature has been at work for a long time, providing us with the sustenance that we need to ensure that we stay healthy and fit. We all know that the fruits and vegetables we grow from the soil, give us nutrition, and provide us with energy.
However, as we grow older our bodies have to fight harder to sustain normal energy levels. Environmental stressors, which include poor nutrition, high-stress lifestyles, and even air pollution among others; can cause our bodies to become weak.
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in our bodies. It comprises the majority of our skin, connective tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, as well as our joints. As we age, the collagen in our body decreases and our joints and ligaments become weak. Those who want to keep a balance in our body’s chemistry often look to nature.
Top Foods for Collagen
Blueberries are so good, they get an entire month! Did you know that July is National Blueberries Month? Blueberries do a great job of stabilizing blood vessels in the body, and increasing the effectiveness of NRF-2, which is an antioxidant gene. This gene increases when the pigment in the skin of the berry is absorbed by the human body.
Pomegranate is known as the king of exotic fruits, and for good reason. It contains ellagic acid, which can inhibit MMP, an enzyme which breaks down collagen, inhibits NKF-B and activates NRF-2, which is an anti-oxidant gene in the body. Eating pomegranate seeds can even help in breaking down the plaque that builds up in our arteries.
· Green Tea
Green Tea isn’t just great for weight loss. EGCG is the most abundant catechin in this tea, and is known for its antioxidant effects which may help in preventing cancer, caused by UV damage, and also improves the skin’s characteristics by enhancing the cross-links in the collagen. Green tea can also decrease sugar damage in the body by increasing microcirculation.
· Cruciferous Vegetables
Widely cultivated, you might know them from their common names such as cauliflower, garden cress, broccoli, kale, cabbage and other green leafy vegetables. They contain a compound known as glucoraphanin, which has shown possible anti-cancerous properties in various experiments. They also contain compounds which help the liver detoxify the body, thus increasing the stimulation of anti-oxidants.
Other important foods are those which contain vitamin C, amino acids, omega 3 and trace minerals such as zinc, manganese and copper. Collagen formation is important as we grow older and with the help of these foods, we can not only stay healthy but avoid stress-causing foods and enjoy a lifestyle which provides the most benefits.
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