Of course you’ve heard of vitamin C…
Tendons ; I’ve spoken often of this superstar vitamin but it’s also one of your tendons’ greatest allies. Because vitamin C plays a vital role in developing and maintaining the collagen that makes up your tendons, making it an essential nutrient for having strong, healthy tendons.
For example, in a recent study on animals, one group was given IV vitamin C while the control group received none. And after just 21 days, the results weren’t just great — they were downright astounding.
First of all, the vitamin C group produced more collagen than the control group…
But even more incredible, when examined, the vitamin C group also had more new tendon tissue than the control group.
And that was after just 21 days!
And from athletes trying to stay in peak condition to regular folks with stressed tendons from everyday life, this supplement has proven itself time and time again. In fact, it’s quickly become such a recognized way to support tendon health in Europe that the Spanish Association of Football Doctors officially recommends it.
Collagen plays many roles in the body, and there are different types of collagen as well.
As we get older, our bodies produce less and less collagen (and its related protein elastin). This leads to the signs of ageing,
- Wrinkles developing?
- Age spots popping up?
- Sagging under the chin?
I need to dispel a fallacy You cannot get more collagen into your skin by buying a skin cream that contains collagen. The problem is that the collagen protein is too big to penetrate into the skin, which renders them useless.
How To Boost Collagen Production?
Natural Ways To Boost Collagen From The Inside
One of the best ways to deal with just about any beauty or health concern is by adjusting your diet.
Nutrition plays a huge role in how you look, how you feel and ultimately, how well you age.
To protect collagen and enhance its production, be sure to include plenty of essential fatty acids from fish (such as salmon) or flax seeds. Tomatoes and garlic are also considered helpful when it comes to protecting collagen reserves.
Another important collagen booster is vitamin C which can be found in a wide variety of foods and supplements.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that your body doesn’t store it. We have to get what we need from food, including citrus fruits, broccoli, and tomatoes.
You need vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, along with vitamin E, beta-carotene, and many other plant-based nutrients. Antioxidants block some of the damage caused by free radicals, substances that damage DNA. The build-up of free radicals over time may contribute to the ageing process and the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.
It’ s rare to be seriously deficient in vitamin C,although evidence suggests that many people may have low levels of vitamin C.
Signs of vitamin deficiency include:
- dry and splitting hair;
- gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and bleeding gums;
- rough, dry, scaly skin;
- decreased wound-healing rate,
- easy bruising;
- nosebleeds; and
- a decreased ability to ward off infection.
A severe form of vitamin C deficiency is known as scurvy.
Low levels of vitamin C have been associated with a number of conditions, including:
- high blood pressure,
- gallbladder disease,
- some cancers, and
- A build-up of plaque in blood vessels that can lead to heart attack and stroke.