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FEED YOUR SKIN Part 3

You might be surprised at my fourth choice to feed your skin

Copper

Copper is needed for the production of collagen and elastin. Elastin is a major protein of connective tissue and importantly is the major protein of the elastic structure of the walls of blood vessels. Without Copper (and Vitamin C) you cannot make collagen and since collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, found in connective tissue of tendons, cartilage, ligaments, bone, kidney and skin you can see how important it is to feed your skin from the inside out.

Copper also helps promote the production of hyaluronic acid which means better skin plumping. Over the past few years hyaluronic acid has become synonymous with youth, beauty and skin healing. We make about 5000 mg of hyaluronic acid on a daily basis but once it’s produced it doesn’t last long. (The half life is just one day). Inflammation in our body will destroy hyaluronic acid which explains why inflammation has been linked to the ageing process.
It also helps with regulating the pigmentation of your skin – melanin is the pigment in skin, hair, retina of the eyes and is also found in your adrenals. Copper is also needed for your body at a cellular level, including skin cells, to produce energy (ATP).

Foods containing Copper:
Beef, veal, yeast, oysters, crab, nuts, cashews, coconuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazils, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, celery seeds, chick peas, raisins salmon, cheese, carrots, red cabbage, potatoes.

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