Other name: Hyaluronan
Hyaluronic acid is an important substance found in many connective tissues in the body, including the joints, skin, and eyes. It is also found in blood vessels and the umbilical cord. About half of all the Hyaluronic Acid (HA) found in the body is in the skin. Unfortunately, as we age, the body begins to produce less and less hyaluronic acid while the cumulative environmental impact of radiation, chemicals, poor nutrition and other hazards continue to take their toll.
Function of Hyaluronic Acid in the Body:
- One of the important characteristics of Hyaluronic Acid is its ability to retain water, which contributes significantly to the skin maintaining a youthful appearance.
- Hyaluronic Acid is required for healthy cartilage formation and is important for retaining water in cartilage.
Symptoms of Hyaluronic Acid Deficiency: A deficiency of HA is thought to contribute to premature aging and diseases in the joints.
Food Sources of Hyaluronic Acids: Rooster combs are considered to contain the most potent variety of HA and are administered via injections. Other sources are; Soy products, foods rich in magnesium (green leafy vegetables, nuts, root crops, dairy product), foods rich in zinc (oyster and other shellfish), animal skin and connective tissue and seaweeds.
Health Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for the Joints, Skin, Hair and Eyes:
- Considered to be an alternative treatment for those who want to delay knee replacement surgery or for those who cannot tolerate anti-inflammatory and pain medications commonly used with osteoarthritis.
- Support collagen (the glue of connective tissue that holds its structure together and maintain its elasticity) production and is critical for maintaining moisture in the skin cells and between cells.
- Help minimize dryness, itching and burning of the skin. It offers a perfect environment for the production of new cells and healing after skin peeling.
- Plays a role in helping to ensure the proper levels of white cell production in the cells.
- Help increased hair growth.
Hyaluronic Acid Injection: Restylane, a non-animal form of HA, used for the injections; it is considered extremely effective in achieving excellent results in reducing the appearance of wrinkles for six months or more. Many actually prefer hyaluronic acid over collagen because the effects last longer.
Hyaluronic Acid Injection Side Effects: It is possible to replace or enhance the body’s own production of hyaluronic acid through diet, injections or just the regular application of a topical cream; however, there are some considerations to keep in mind. Injections are effective for three to six months and have a tendency to fade over time leading to an inconsistent facial appearance as well as gradual onset of new wrinkles.
Side Effect: Side effects with the oral supplement are not common. The topical form may rarely cause skin irritation.
“This post was published on July 16, 2012 @2:14”