Collagen is as close as it gets to the "fountain of youth". Collagen is like 'glue' that holds your body and brain together but it's only found in the animal kingdom. If you're a vegetarian or vegan, here are 5 ways to naturally boost collagen production in your body.

Collagen is one of the most important supplements you can take to slow down the effects of aging. Why?

First, collagen provides structural support in tissues. It is a major component of connective tissues, made up of insoluble fibrous protein, that ‘glue” or hold your body and brain together. Just visualize a stick man being held together by rubber bands.

Second, collagen, is the single most abundant protein in the animal kingdom. Your body produces collagen but as you age, your body produces less and less which lead to the physical and visible effects of aging – facial wrinkles and fine lines, joint pain, muscle and bone loss to name a few.

However, collagen is not found in the plant kingdom. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you can still boost collagen levels in your body by eating the right foods. Here are 5 ways to naturally boost collagen production in your body.

#1   Take high-quality collagen peptides or collagen booster supplement

#2   Eat foods that boost your body’s natural collagen production

#3   Apply topical serum rich in hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and retinol

#4   Red Light Therapy

#5   Avoid things that damage collagen in your body. Below are the top 7 collagen killers.

- Stress

- Poor sleep

- Over exposure to sunlight

- Excessive sugar consumption

- Diet low in antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins C and zinc

- Free radicals

- Sedantary lifestyle