While walking around the beaches of Aruba, you have been able to appreciate more than the  beauty of the landscape. Maybe during one of those walks, you noticed the people around you. Have you ever seen anyone with with shiny, silky hair, toned and smooth skin, and an overall healthy look?

This is due in part because of their healthy collagen levels. This protein is incredibly important because it is one of the most abundant in our body. We can find collagen in our bones, muscles, skin, and tendons.

Here we present 3 aspects of collagen that you might ignore,  but should definitely know:

1. Collagen functions as a “glue” for our body.

Did you know that some people attribute the origin of the word collagen to the Greek word kolla (glue)?

Historically, different collagen-based glues were created by Israeli, Egyptian and Native American societies. Some of these glues date back to over eight thousand years.

Do you know how collagen works in your body?

Collagen works like an adhesive that holds cells together this helps the skin retain its tone and elasticity. This protein also helps support the structures of the body and is part of the connective tissues (joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, hair, among others).

This protein constitutes 25% of the proteins in our body, and its properties are associated not only with healthy skin but also with healthy bones and tendons, allowing us better mobility and to combat tiredness and fatigue.

2. Myths regarding its distribution.

There are more than 19 types of collagen, which are present in bones, cartilage, tissues, skin, and organs. There is a misbelief that the way in which collagen enters your body will benefit only a specific body function.

During digestion, collagen is broken up into the amino acids that form it.  Then each amino acid is delivered to the place where it is needed.

Imagine using legos to build an airplane, then undoing it and using them to build a boat!

3.  Collagen is not easily absorbed and its production decreases with age.

While it is true that there are plenty of foods rich in collagen, we discard many of them on a daily basis. When was the last time you ate foods such as fish skin, meat cartilages, pig’s trotters, or gelatins based on animal products?

In addition to this, factors such as alcohol and cigarette consumption, constant exposure to the sun, and pollution contribute to the loss of collagen.

On top of that, with age, our metabolic processes slow down and the production of hormones begins to decline. This reduces the body’s capacity to regenerate collagen.

After we turn 25, we lose between 1-1.25% of collagen each year. Can you calculate the amount of collagen you will have lost by the time you turn 50?

Experts like Brianna Elliott, from Health Line, claim that taking nutritional supplements based on collagen can bring great health benefits. (source https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/collagen-benefits ).

These facts, coupled with the few (or the absence) of contraindications in the use of nutritional supplements such as the liquid collagen f / women liq tubes 10’s and the hydrolyzed collagen powder 7oz  make these options one of the favorite sources of collagen.

Taking collagen supplements will lead to an improvement in hair, nails, skin and joints’ health. In her entry, Elliott presents a review of articles that show additional greater benefits.

It is recommended to take this nutritional supplement before bedtime as there is less physical activity. This way the body focuses on repairing cell damage.

Now you know! You already have three more reasons to take care of the levels of collagen in your body,  so that you can walk without a problem in paradises such as Aruba.