Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance found in skin tissue, some cartilage and joint fluid, as well as in the fluid that encircles the eyes. Over the aging process our bodies make less naturally, and we feel the effects by signs of joint, tendon, and muscle pain. It makes sense that replacing this substance back into our bodies, would be a healthy and natural option for relief of these painful ailments.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is found throughout the body, the highest amounts being found in the extracellular matrix of soft connective tissues such as synovial fluid (joint lubricant), vitreous fluid in the eyes, and in the skin. It’s involved in several key processes; including cell signaling, wound repair and regeneration, morphogenesis, and matrix organization. As a fundamental component that helps maintain cellular structure and function, HA acts as a lubricant, an antioxidant, shock absorber during weight bearing, and a cushion to protect against physical trauma.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) supplementation can make up for age-related deficiencies of this nutrient. Research is showing success with HA supplementation for inflammatory processes in the fields of rheumatology, ophthalmology, dermatology and dentistry.
Man-made forms of hyaluronic acid were developed beginning in the 1980s for use in rheumatology; the medical field that deals with conditions like ophthalmology. Hyaluronic acid protects cartilage by providing increased lubrication between joint surfaces. When challenged by weight-bearing activities, the hyaluronic acid helps act as a shock absorber. Conditions such as arthritis show decreased hyaluronic acid in joint space, which can lead to damage during joint use by compression or sheer stress forces. Hyaluronic acid also helps increase the flow of nutrition to cartilage by impeding larger proteins often associated with inflammation, blocking pain receptors as well.