Let’s talk collagen- how to increase it and what to use to improve your skin-
Horsetail is one of the oldest plants on the planet. The hollow stems and shoots of horsetail are a rich source of naturally occurring calcium, magnesium, potassium and other valuable nutrients (including silica crystals). Many of the medicinal properties of horsetail can be attributed to its high silica content, which is easily absorbed by the human body.
Silica is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in the development, strengthening and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Silica also restores weak connective tissues in blood vessels, cartilage, tendons and in collagen — the body glue that helps hold our skin and muscle tissues together.
Gynostemma contains over 80 different saponins (gypenosides) compared to the 28 found in ginseng. As well as these saponins, gynostemma is a natural antioxidant and a rich source of healthy vitamins and minerals. Many people suggest that gynostemma is one of the best adaptogens found in nature, also referred to as biological response modifiers.
Nettles contain a high amount of calcium, silica and sulfur, making it an excellent source to help boost collagen receptors.
Not only does nettle leaf help in controlling hair loss, but it may help in hair growth. Nettle leaves are rich in vitamins A, B1, B5, C, D and E. It also contains flavonoids, essential aids and proteins, nourishing the scalp and helping promote healthy and shiny hair.
Calendula has been used since ancient times for its phenomenal abilities to restore skin, assist in wound healing and activate collagen receptors to increase the glow. Calendula flowers have long been employed in folk therapy, and more than 35 properties have been attributed to decoctions and tinctures from the flowers. (Cherry Picks Sugar cane Serum)
A super-food for the skin and body, Ashwagandha is effective and promotes a healthy skin and lifestyle. Ashwagandha is rich in bio-active principles such as withanolides, saponins and alkaloids which deeply cleanse, moisturize and calm the skin.
Another way to help your body produce collagen is through vitamin C:
Oranges, red peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and strawberries are all rich in vitamin C.
Other foods that help produce collagen are:
Homemade bone broth: find my recipe here:
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, found in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. It is the substance that holds the body together. Collagen forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure. Endogenous collagen is natural collagen, synthesized by the body.