• Collagen is responsible for providing structure and strength to skin, bones, tendons, cartilage, connective tissue, and teeth.
• It’s the most plentiful protein in your body and makes up about ⅓ of its protein.
• The word “collagen” comes from the Greek word “kólla”, meaning glue.
• There are over 16 different types of collagen.
• As you age, your body produces less collagen and the quality of it decreases as well.
• The four nutrients used in most collagen production are: vitamin C, proline, glycine, and copper.
• Foods that can help collagen production include: citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, eggs, cabbage, asparagus, meat, seafood, tofu, organ meats, sesame seeds, cashews, and lentils.
• Behaviors that can damage collagen include: consuming too much sugar or refined carbs, excessive sun exposure, and smoking.