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Want that clear, glowing skin? Then include these 5 food items in your daily diet

When it comes to a healthy-looking skin, what you put in your body may matter more than what you put on it. Incorporate these food items in your daily diet to ensure a healthy glowing skin.

fitness Updated: Sep 29, 2017 10:41 IST
Abhinav Verma
Include strawberries in your diet. They are an excellent source of collagen.
Include strawberries in your diet. They are an excellent source of collagen.(Istock)

The secret to healthy and glowing skin is not expensive creams or face wash; its collagen. It can be defined as a long chain amino acid aka protein that is responsible for giving our skin elasticity, its youthfulness and a natural glow. It also protects the outer layer of the skin. However, over a period of time, its production goes down due to various factors. And that’s the reason why our skin starts to look older and we tend to get wrinkles and pimples.

To deal with collagen slow down naturally, gorge on these food items daily to increase your collagen production.

1) Cabbage:

Cabbage is full of vitamin A, B and C. Cabbage increases your collagen production rapidly. It also contains lycopene, which protects the skin against the sun. Rapid production of collagen means that the skin is able to renew itself quickly and replace the old skin.

2) Red fruits and vegetables:

Include peppers, tomatoes and strawberries in your diet. They are an excellent source of collagen and antioxidants, which helps in increasing the firmness of the skin.

3) Beans: Beans contains zinc and hyaluronic acid, which are essential components of collagen. They help in the prevention of formation of lines and wrinkles. Beans also initiate cell proliferation.

4) Carrot:

Carrot contains vitamin A, which is a collagen booster. Carrot helps to fight against acne and it also increases elasticity. Carrots increase the blood flow towards skin, thereby helping in the renewal of skin.

5) Fish:

You can’t have a glowing skin if your diet is low on omega- 3 fatty acids. Include fish in your diet as it’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help the collagen form the outer protective layer of the skin.