But what is collagen, and why do we need it? Put simply, collagen is a form of connective tissue, the glue, if you like, that holds our bodies together. As we age, we lose collagen, and you can see the results externally as skin starts to sag and create wrinkles. Internally, you may feel it as aches and pains as collagen’s “cushioning” of muscles and bones deteriorates.
A multi-billion pound industry has grown up around discovering ways to restore this “elixir of youth”, from creams, to drinks, to collagen pills.
But there are more natural and easy ways to prevent the loss of collagen, including avoiding sun damage to the skin, staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, and ensuring your diet is packed full of vitamin C rich foods.
The antioxidants in fresh fruit and vegetables help to combat the free radicals in the body that actively attack collagen cells, resulting in diminished collagen production.