For this blog post, we would like to share the herbs can boost your collagen production naturally.
Herbs are widely used all around the world for cooking, medication, and health support. Some of these herbs are actually linked to collagen production so that is another way to boost it. Let’s see together all those herbs!
Horsetail or Equisetum arvense is one of the oldest herbs in the world. It is wildly grown in America and Northerner Europe but it can be found in countries with a temperate climate. Horsetail contains large amounts of antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, and silica. Silica is essential for collagen production and supports connective tissues, bones, and hair health as well as skin’s elasticity and structure. It also has a remarkable curative effect on patients with rheumatoid arthritis and it is suggested for people with joint problems,sprains, torn ligaments, and sore muscles. Horsetail usually comes in dried form and is used for tea or you can find it in capsules.
Stinging nettle(or Urtica dioica) is also one of the most famous ancient remedies that are used today, especially in skin care and hair care products. It contains high amounts of calcium, silica, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin D. This high mineral content boosts collagen production and promotes cellular health. Stinging nettle is mostly used for hair and scalp treatments(it is the most famous herb to treat hair loss) as well as for skincare as it has also astringent properties. You can find it as dried leaves and flowers suitable for tea, as roots used in soups and other food, or as a supplement.
Gynostemma or Jiaogulan is a traditional Chinese medicine herb and it is known as the “immortal herb” because there are people that used it regularly and lived more years with better life quality. It contains two significant antioxidants: superoxide dismutase and glutathione. Glutathione is found to induce collagen production and has demulcent properties that increase collagen production within the gut. Gynostemma competes with ginseng which is more famous but it appears that Gynostemma has more properties.
He Shou Wu
He Shou Wu, or fo-ti or Polygonum multiflorum, is derived from the root of the plant Fallopia multiflora and it is famous in Chinese medicine. He Shou Wu is an adaptogenic herb which means that in regular use it may support the adrenal system. The adrenal system produces adrenal hormones( cortisol and aldosterone) that affect metabolism, weight changes, stress, and even blood pressure. The mechanism behind all these effects is to increase collagen production to balance the adrenal system. The so-called “elixir of life” usually comes in powder form and you can drink it or apply it directly into your skin but you can also find it as a classic supplement.
This is a more accessible herb that it is more likely to already use it. Cilantro or coriander leaf contains linolenic acid and vitamin C that boosts collagen production while both are powerful antioxidants. It is better to consume cilantro orally as an extract supplement.
As you can see, herbs are a great way to increase naturally your collagen production apart from the ''classic ways''. Because some of them are harder to find, the best suggestion is to rely on your diet and invest in liquid collagen supplements to see the actual effects of collagen.