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  • Aynsley Fisher

Get That Healthy Glow- Vitamins and Minerals For Collagen Support

Vitamin C is the most important vitamin for healthy collagen.

Vitamin C is the most important vitamin for healthy collagen formation. Robust vitamin C levels in the body contribute to healthy joints, skin and may lower your risk for cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin E works synergistically with vitamin C to stimulate collagen formation, and can be consumed as part of a healthy diet through foods like nuts, seeds, avocados and green leafy vegetables. However, vitamin E can only be absorbed if there is adequate fat in the diet.

Our bodies need fat to absorb vitamin E which works synergistically with vitamin C. Good sources of Omega-3s include cold water fatty fish like salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds.

Lysine is an essential amino acid that our bodies use to build collagen. Essential means our bodies can’t produce it so we get it from food sources including lean meats, fish, nuts, dairy.

Vitamin A plays a role in cell renewal and healthy skin. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid which is a phytochemical characterized by naturally occurring pigment found in plants responsible for vibrant colors. A carotene, it is called provitamin A, which is a precursor to vitamin A. Vitamin A can promote collagen renewal through topical application of retinol or through food sources which are converted to vitamin A in the body.

MSM decreases joint inflammation, improves flexibility and restores collagen. You can get even more results using MSM on your skin when you combine it with other antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A, which all help build new, healthy skin cells.

Methylsufonylmethane, an organic sulfur-containing compound is used to improve immune function, lower inflammation and help restore healthy body tissue. Food sources include garlic, eggs, onions, meat, fish, seafood, nuts.

Our bodies needs ample amounts of the mineral manganese to increase production of collagen and elastin, especially when healing wounds. Eat foods like pineapple, pecans, whole grains and leafy greens, which are high in manganese.

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