Eat This Winter Fruit to Boost Collagen

Dr. Janet Zand

December 10, 2021

 
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Did you know that there’s a winter fruit that can boost your collagen levels?

It’s true! And right now this fruit happens to be in season and at its peak.

So what is it?

Citrus. And here’s why it’s so great for collagen...

As you may know, collagen plays a big role in how plump and youthful your skin looks. That’s because collagen is the protein that gives skin its structure, suppleness, and stretch.

Unfortunately, as we age, we produce less collagen every year, and that’s when skin starts to wrinkle and sag.

So here’s how citrus can help...

Citrus is high in vitamin C, right? Well, your body needs vitamin C for a lot of things ... and one of those things is making pro-collagen. Pro-collagen is the body’s precursor to collagen. So you need enough vitamin C to make pro-collagen to make collagen, so that your skin is more supple and tight.

And you can get all the vitamin C your body needs by enjoying citrus fruits, which are in season right now. (Fruits that are in season tend to be higher in nutrients, too!)

To eat more citrus, try adding a fresh grapefruit to your breakfast, or add orange segments to a salad. If you’d like to branch out, look for mandarins, clementines, tangerines, or pomelos at the grocery store.

In addition to eating citrus for vitamin C, make sure you’re also applying a vitamin C serum to your face.

That way, you’ll help your body make more collagen while also giving your face the direct benefits from vitamin C. Those benefits include collagen production, and also:

• Hydration
• Brightening
• Reduced redness
• Reduced hyperpigmentation
• Extra protection against UV damage

So as you can see, when you apply topical vitamin C and get it in your diet, your skin really gets the full benefits.

Finally, when choosing a vitamin C serum, make sure it contains the most potent, absorbable and active form of vitamin C. There are too many vitamin C serums on the market that just sit on the skin, doing nothing. You definitely want to avoid those.

Alright, try these tips out, and let me know how it goes!

 

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