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We all know our bodies naturally produce collagen. However, as we hit our 30s, the production of collagen in our bodies inevitably slows down so our skin begins to lose its elasticity and firmness. Indeed, collagen plays a key role in keeping our skin looking smooth, plump and glowing. The truth is what we eat can make a big difference and stimulate collagen production from inside out. Here are the five best foods that boost collagen naturally and prevent it from breaking down for skin to look years younger.

#1 Salmon

An excellent source of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, which our bodies cannot produce and must be obtained from dietary sources. Eating this fatty fish truly helps ease inflammation and collagen breakdown caused by excessive exposure to sunlight.

Fresh salmon on the cutting board. Cooking process.

#2 Dark, leafy greens

Dark veggies that are high in Vitamin A & C and zinc content, such as spinach and kale, can do wonders to your skin. Try to include them in your salad blends to get that youthful glow back.  

Leafy green mix of kale, spinach, baby beetroot leaves over rustic wooden background

#3 Carrots

Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, playing a vital part in restoring and regenerating damaged collagen. Filling your plate with these natural collagen boosters can certainly keep wrinkles at bay. 

Heap of ripe carrots with leaves on dark rustic table.

#4 Avocados

This creamy superfood is packed with Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids that can help prevent collagen breakdown, while the healthy fats in it can improve the health of skin cells. Avocado toasts for breakfast or snack, sounds good?

Shot of a sliced avocado on a table

#5 Berries

Blackberries, raspberries and blueberries – you name it – are packed with a significant amount of the antioxidant “ellagic acid” which protects your skin from collagen breakdown due to UV damage. Berries, high in vitamin C, also help fight free radicals and increase collagen formation. A tasty berry yogurt smoothie is just perfect for breakfast!

"A bowlful of delicious organic berries.  Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.  Shallow dof"

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