Collagen is the necessary protein responsible for skin elasticity, stretchiness and healthy joints. As we age, our skin loses its firmness, so seeking collagen from an outside source like in specific foods and supplements is a great step to add to your anti-aging skincare regimen! We spoke with dermatologist Dr. Lilliana Ramírez García, M.D. of Nava MD and learned about the many benefits of one collagen-boosting fruit that can easily be eaten by itself every day, in smoothies, in oatmeal and other ways. Read on for the endless possibilities of this multi-faceted food.
How Bananas Support Healthy, Radiant Skin
Bananas are a popular breakfast addition for many reasons— they’re undeniably tasty, versatile and have an array of health benefits due to their nutrients and digestive benefits. What you may not know about this beneficial fruit is how it can help your skin appear more radiant and promote a youthful glow.
“For starters, bananas have potassium,” says García, noting that potassium supports “healthy blood flow in your skin,” giving it a brighter, more luminous quality.
“Bananas are also rich in manganese,” she continues. “Manganese helps boost the production of collagen, the structural protein that can help prevent and diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.”
This “complexion-enhancing” fruit, as García points out, is also rich in antioxidants, which “help your body stabilize free radicals, unbalanced molecules that can accelerate the signs of aging.”