How to improve collagen production to reduce cellulite
You've probably heard by now that gelatin is extremely efficient in skins health. It promotes the production of collagen — the lovely protein that provides the building block of our skin cells — thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and cellulite.
In a very interesting recent study from Tokyo, researchers studied the effects of gelatin (aka “collagen peptides”) on mice exposed to UV rays. The first group of mice weren’t exposed to UV light. The second group were exposed repeatedly with growing intensity over time. The third group were exposed to UV light with the same frequency and intensity of the second group, but were fed gelatin.
The results of this study on the impact of gelatin on skins health are the following:
Mice exposed to the light without the gelatin had a 53% average decrease in the collagen content of their skin, compared to the mice that received no ultraviolet light exposure at all. Astonishingly, the mice that were exposed to the light, but also fed gelatin had no collagen decrease at all. They actually had their collagen production increase by 17%.”
Conclusion of the study: consuming gelatin increases collagen production, despite sun exposure.
Collagen production is extremely important
You may be wondering why collagen production is so important. Collagen actually makes up almost a third of all the protein in the human body. It is a big, fibrous molecule that makes skin, bones, and tendons both strong and somewhat elastic. As you get older, your body makes less collagen, and individual collagen fibers become intertwined with each other. You might experience this as stiff joints (from less flexible tendons) or wrinkles (from loss of skin elasticity).”
Lack of collagen can cause wrinkles, stretch marks, and can even be a factor for the appearance of cellulite.
So, it's pretty clear that if you want to keep your youthful skin and joints, you need to support your body’s ability to make collagen.
There are some nutrients that work together to promote collagen production (including vitamin C, zinc, and protein), but the one our western, industrialized diet is actually deficient in is gelatin. The good news is that more than 90% of collagen peptides you ingest are immediately digested, absorbed, and distributed to your body’s collagen tissues, making consumption of these nutrients an ideal way to promote collagen production.
Increase your gelatin consumption by doing these things
- Drink more homemade bone broth
- Use recipes that use gelatin as an ingredient
- Stir gelatin into your morning drink or smoothie