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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Friday, January 22, 2021

How to Increase Your Collagen Naturally? Top 10 Herbs Naturally Rich in Collagen

Collagen is a main structural protein which is found in the body's extracellular matrix and also in various connective tissues. This collagen is responsible for making up 25% to 35% of whole body protein content. Depending on the degree of mineralization, collagen tissue may be rigid that is bone, compliant like in the form of tendons or can be gradient from rigid to compliant that is cartilage. Collagen is abundant in corneas, blood vessels, intervertebral discs, the gut and dentin in teeth. Fibroblasts are the most common cells that produce collagen. Generally the lack of collagen is common in old age leading to skin sagging, joint pain and wrinkles. Sometimes even in early adulthood the lack of collagen is observed leading to premature aging. In this article we will be discussing ways to increase collagen with some of our Ayurvedic herbs.

Increase Your Collagen Naturally


Collagen is a protein that is very important for building and supporting all tissues, bones, tendons, cartilages and skin. It is also very important for our skin, hair, eyes and digestive system. It helps in maintaining body health and also increases skin strength plus elasticity. Collagen also plays a very essential role in removing dead skin cells. The term collagen comes from a Greek word 'Kolla' which means glue and the suffix Gen denotes producing. This refers to the compounds used in the past for processing glue from boiling the skin and tendons of horses and other animals.


Collagen is a very fascinating compound. The compound helps in maintaining the beauty of skin, it is an easy to digest protein and is very easy to include in your diet. The process of hydrolyzing allows collagen peptides to dissolve in water and makes it easy to digest collagen. It also helps in smoothing wrinkles and boosts skin elasticity. Presence of collagen also avoids joint pain and joint aches, maintains bone health and increases bone density.


1. Chinese Knotweed (Polygonum multiflorum)

This plant is known to have longevity promoting nature and also have superoxide dismutase which is known to be the most powerful antioxidants to human bodies. The knotweed is also an adaptogen due to its effect on the endocrine system and also has high zinc content that helps in restoration and hair growth. It has abilities to protect bones from oxidative stress by increasing collagen amount in our body and also kills natural killer cells that support it as an anticancer way.

2. Horsetail (Equisteum arvense)

This plant is believed to be the oldest plant on the planet. The stems and roots of horsetail are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and silica crystals. Silica is believed to be very important in maintaining and developing healthy bones and teeth. Silica helps in restoring collagen which is also called as body glue that holds up skin and muscle tissue together. The horsetail is also called an ancient bone healer.

3. Gynostemma (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

This plant has 80 different saponins also called gypenosides. These are the natural antioxidants and rich source of vitamins and minerals. Gynostemma is also known as immortality herb. This herb shows wonderful results in reducing signs due to loss of collagen. It also has rejuvenating properties and also has properties that help in protecting the body from the damaging effect of stress. It is commonly used for its energizing effects, digestive help and also improves cardiovascular health and hormone balancing properties. Gynostemma is called the immortal because of its quality to work as a biological response modifier.

4. Nettles (Urtica Dioica)

Nettles are known to be the ancient mineralizer and contain high amounts of calcium, silica and sulfur. Due to the presence of these three minerals it is known to be the best enhancer for collagen receptors. It also has antiseptic properties, supports the immune system and enhances working of almost every organ in our body. It has also been used for hair care for centuries. Its astringent properties may help in skin tightening, prevents eczema and many other skin related conditions.

5. Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

From ancient times this herb is known for its properties to restore skin, assist wound healing and activate collagen receptors to increase the glow on skin. Mainly this herb is used to manage sunburns, bruises and internal inflammatory conditions too. According to modern search this plant is having properties or extraordinary ability to protect skin from oxidative and cellular damage. Calendula also has antibacterial and immuno-stimulant properties.

6. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi has become very popular in skin care products due to its support for healthy skin with natural collagen production. It feeds the body with collagen production and the stimulator makes great sense in accomplishing the result from inside out. Bhrami has constituents like triterpenoids that play a very important role in boosting the body's collagen levels.

7. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha has many therapeutic properties that are of great use in many conditions. But a specific property of Ashwagandha makes it more interesting. This property is collagen boosting quality that helps in the production of healthy collagen and thus provides firmness to skin, density to bones and makes the body's metabolism work efficiently.

8. Orange Peel Extract

The orange peel extract is having vitamin C in very rich quantities. Vitamin C is known to enhance the collagen receptor working and thus providing desirable results. It helps in making skin glowing and enhances skin firmness.

9. Mulberry Extract

Mulberry is also known as Morus alba and has many properties like anti-oxidative, reduces wrinkles, slackness and laxity. It also helps in enhancing production of pro collagen hence maintaining healthy collagen levels in the body.

10. Avocado Oil

Avocado is significantly known to increase the collagen production in the body. The oil extracted from avocado has high levels of collagen stimulating compounds and thus helps in getting rid of wrinkles, fine lines and makes your skin appear younger.

These all herbs are very well known to increase the amount of collagen in our body. We have to understand that collagen is important for skin but is also essentials for bones and metabolism.


The above mentioned herbs have many properties. They not only help in collagen production but also help in maintaining healthy levels of collagen in our body. These herbs are also known to have many other properties and are used in managing many conditions. In case of any query kindly visit

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