What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid, also known as hyaluronan, is an important disaccharide found in every tissue of the body, but in particular as an essential lubricant of healthy joints, skin and eyes. It is part of a group of macromolecules in the body labeled as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are primarily in cell membranes and in the intercellular matrix of connective tissue. Along with water, Hyaluronic Acid’s unique property of high viscosity, and therefore low compressibility, provides vital shock absorption and lubrication properties.
Where does Hyaluronic Acid work?
Hyaluronic Acid essentially operates with water to “bathe” cells in the intercellular matrix. This distribution along with the property of high viscosity provides for separation of cells and intercellular fibers. This facilitates movement of nutrients and waste, protects underlying tissue such as cartilage, bone, and muscle from wear and tear, and provides hydration and structure.
Hyaluronic Acid can be found concentrated in areas of the body that endure increased movement and friction or have a higher fluid component such as the eyes, ears, heart, and joints. In the joints, Hyaluronic Acid is secreted by chondrocytes (joint cells) and is one of the most essential components of the vitreous humor (joint fluid) that protects the joints from deterioration.
Hyaluronic Acid works similarly as a component of the fluids lubricating the heart to prevent friction between the heart and surrounding membranes, as well as lubrication of the corneal epithelium on the surface of the eye, and hydration of the skin and its appendages (nails and hair). Hyaluronic Acid also provides an optically clear structural component for rigidity in the vitreous (fluid) of the eye.
In addition to its physical contributions, Hyaluronic Acid has also been found to assist in regulation of cell turnover in the skin, to serve as an anti-oxidant to free-radicals generated by UV radiation, and as an aid in communication between cells in cell-mediated immune response.
Where did the publicity start?
ABC News published a report on the Japanese village of Yuzuri Hara, where the residents were living long and healthy lives compared to most other people. After studying their diet, research showed that the residents diets stimulated and supplied high quantities of Hyaluronic Acid in their bodies. To rule out the effects of genetics, researchers saw that the younger generation living in Yuzuri Hara, exposed and consuming new western foods were now showing health problems.This created an “upside down health pyramid” where elderly parents were outliving their adult children, supporting the Hyaluronic Acid connection.
Directions: take 1 capsule twice a day with a meal or a glass of water.. Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing.
Active ingredients per capsule: Rice Flour, Vegetable Cellulose (capsule),50mg Hyaluronic Acid (microbially fermented).
Keep out of the reach of children. Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should consult their doctor before taking dietary supplements. Food Supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. Store in a cool dry place. Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing.