A balanced diet and eating healthy food is one of the most important things that you can offer and give to your body. There are a lot of ways on how to have a healthy living. Eating healthy is one of them because you are following a healthy eating pattern that has a variety of nutritious foods and drinks. Different nutrients are may be varied according to your body’s needs. Essential nutrients such as fats, carbohydrates, protein, water, minerals, and fiber.
Some people are thinking that eating healthy is dieting. This is definitely not true. Let me talk about protein which is a really important nutrient and a part of a healthy diet. This is made up of chemical building blocks or what we called amino acids. Collagen is the most abundant protein that is responsible for skin elasticity, healthy joints, or stretchiness. There are two types of collagen: Exogenous collagen which is synthetic and Endogenous collagen is a natural collagen.
As we age, natural collagen breaks down, and the production of collagen is becoming slower than we were younger. There are a lot of foods that produce collagen; first is foods that are rich in _Vitamin C _such as bell peppers and citrus fruits. _Copper_ can be found in sesame seeds, organ meats, lentils, cashews. etc. _Proline_, can be found in egg whites, cabbage, asparagus, and dairy products. Collagen can be found in foods that have _Zinc_ also such as pork, lamb, beef, shellfish, milk, and cheese. Lastly, foods rich in _Glycine_: chicken skin, gelatin, and pork skin have glycine.
Today, collagen supplements are in demand because of their positive claims that can be helpful to enhance the collagen protein in our body. Most collagen in the market is going through the process of what we call ‘hydrolyzation’. It is popular because the manufacturer who makes collagen supplements has broken it down into peptides so that it’s easier for the body to absorb the collagen.