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The #1 Nutrient to Boost Your Collagen (NOT VITAMIN C)

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 04/23/2022

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Many people are trying to support their collagen by consuming it, but they're missing the #1 nutrient to boost collagen.

0:00 How to boost collagen

0:10 What is collagen?

1:15 The #1 nutrient to boost collagen

1:47 Symptoms of a copper deficiency

3:42 Copper benefits

4:55 Foods high in copper

5:08 Copper deficiency causes

6:48 Check out my video on anti-aging!

Let's talk about the best nutrient to boost collagen. Basically, collagen is a protein that connects your body together.

Collagen is in many different parts of your body, including your:

• Cartilage

• Tendons

• Ligaments

• Bones

• Teeth

• Skin

• Eyes

• Vessels

• Gut

• Spinal discs

• Fascia

• Muscles

The top nutrient that boosts collagen is copper. Copper has a direct effect on making collagen, preventing the loss of collagen, and making elastin.

Copper is a trace mineral that's needed in a very small amount, but it's necessary for the enzymes that allow proteins to form.

Symptoms of a copper deficiency:

• Swayback (lordosis)

• Loose skin

• Aging skin

• Hernias

• Weak joints

• Weak spinal discs

• Varicose veins

• Weak muscles

Benefits of copper:

• It transports iron

• It supports immunity

• It can help reduce excess sweating

• It supports endurance exercise

• It can help slow down greying

• It can help improve balance in the dark or when your eyes are closed

• It can help decrease uric acid

• It can help detox fluoride

• It helps warm your feet

Foods rich in copper:

• Liver

• Kidney

• Oysters

• Shellfish

• Shiitake mushrooms

• Sesame seeds

Common causes of a copper deficiency:

• A lack of copper in the soil

• Gastric bypass surgery

• Taking too much ascorbic acid

• Taking too much zinc

• Consuming too much sugar

• Consuming alcohol

• Consuming too much fiber (added functional fibers)

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