Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Products and supplements
Hyaluronic acid is found in the synovial joint fluid, the vitreous
humor of the eye, the cartilage, blood vessels, extracellular matrix,
skin and the umbilical cord.
Restylane is a gel of hyaluronic acid produced by bacteria and used
for treating facial wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid is a substance
that is normally produced by the body. Hyaluronic acid is what gives
skin its volume and fullness.
As Hyaluronic Acid is present in every tissue of the body;
hyaluronic acid's importance cannot be underestimated. Retention of
water is one of the most important biological functions of hyaluronic
acid, 1 second only to providing nutrients and removing waste from
cells that do not have a direct blood supply, such as cartilage cells.
With a lower than adequate amount of hyaluronic acid, nutrients cannot
be moved into these cells and waste cannot be eliminated from cells.
Hyaluronic acid is sometimes abbreviated as HA.
Hyaluronic acid has been approved by the FDA. It can be administered
only by a qualified provider in a series of injections as mentioned
above. Most insurance companies are currently paying for these
injections, after traditional and conservative measures have been
It is well documented that fetal tissues contain large amounts of
Hyaluronic Acid and that decreasing Hyaluronic Acid content correlates
with aging and wrinkling. Therefore practical attempts to prolong and
recapture youth by revitalizing damaged tissue should include this
In summary, hyaluronic acid injections have been found to be
beneficial in osteoarthritic knees. There is no explanation as to why
some individuals react positively when others do not. However, it has
been found that 80 to 85% of individuals who are treated with this
series of injections have some amount of pain relief which lasts
anywhere from nine to 12 months. This series of injections can be
repeated if necessary, though the understanding and reasoning for
repeat series of injections has not been clearly defined yet.
Hyaluronic acid and Body
Its function in the body is, amongst other things, to bind water and
to lubricate movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Its
consistency and tissue-friendliness allows it to be used in skin-care
products as an excellent moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid is one of the
most hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules in nature and can be
described as "nature's moisturizer".
Hyaluronic acid and Eyes
Hyaluronic acid is highly concentrated inside the eyeball. The fluid
inside the eye called the vitreous humor is composed almost completely
of hyaluronic acid. The HA gives the fluid inside the eye a viscous
gel like property.