Hyaluronic Acid

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Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that is found naturally in our body, integrated mainly by fibroblasts and keratinocytes, and that constitutes a part of the synovial fluid and articular cartilage. Due to this, it has been the objective of numerous studies to improve the symptomatology of certain pathologies associated to ageing, as is the case osteoarthritis.

The function of hyaluronic acid is as an articular lubricant, especially in situations where collagen levels are low. At a sports level, it has been observed that AH may improve the recovery of certain lesions against placebo, as is the case with sprains.

Hyaluronic acid is the substance responsible for the elasticity and beauty of our skin. The skin is filled-out from the inside out, and the intermediate space in connective tissue is filled with hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid has unique properties in the body:

It is responsible for the elasticity and hydration of the skin

To understand how this substance works on the skin, we have to know that hyaluronic acid has the capacity to attract and retain large amounts of water. This retention property is responsible for keeping the connective tissue and skin smooth, elastic, firm and hydrated. Its immense retention capacity may be observed in the vitreous humour in the human eye, where 98% of its composition is water and, only 2% y hyaluronic acid.

It allows the body to keep the spine straight and support all kinds of weight

To understand how this substance acts on the spine, it is necessary to explain the fluid retention capacity of the hyaluronic acid. This property is very important for all tissues, especially for the intervertebral discs of the spine which, thanks to this substance, allows the human body to support the spine straight and support all kinds of weight.

It is the articular lubricant

To understand how this substance acts on the joints it is necessary to explain that hyaluronic acid is an essential component of the synovial fluid. Its function is to act as a lubricant and allow the joints to move and the cushioning of the friction between bones and joints.

Construction and repair function

To know how this substance acts on the connective tissue it is necessary to explain that hyaluronic acid stimulates the formation of elastin and collagen and contributes to the connective tissue developing to be solid and dense.

It also stimulates the regeneration of the superficial layers of cartilage and regulates the functioning of the chondrocytes. Due to these properties, this element is essential both for the beauty and health of the dermis and to prevent joint problems.

How to recognise the symptoms of a hyaluronic acid deficiency

How does a shortage of hyaluronic acid manifest? Generally, the following symptoms could be suffered, for example:

  • Dry and weak skin
  • Connective tissue problems
  • Wrinkles
  • Joint pains
  • Diminished or difficulty in moving

What is the use of hyaluronic acid recommended for?

This substance is especially recommended in the following cases:

  • To keep the dermis healthy, firm and young
  • To increase hydration of the dermis
  • To strengthen the elastic collagen fibres 
  • To delay the ageing process of the skin
  • To reduce the formation of wrinkles 
  • To treat and cure, naturally, acne 
  • To improve the movement of joints
  • To keep cartilage cells in good conditions and for the health of the articular cartilage

Benefits of hyaluronic acid:

1. It favours the beauty and health of the skin

The skin is formed by a thin outer layer (which is the epidermis) that protects us from external attacks, and a thicker layer (dermis) formed by a matrix of elastic collagen fibers and proteoglycans. In this inner layer is where we may finds 50% of the hyaluronic acid, formed by fibroblasts and keratinocytes.

To understand how hyaluronic acid acts, it is necessary to know that this substance acts as a magnet, attracting and retaining moisture in the skin. The process is performed on the inside, which is crucial to ensure the hydration and elasticity of the dermis.

From the age of 25 the natural production of hyaluronic acid begins to decrease, resulting in a gradual sagging of the skin. Thereafter, it begins to diminish its elasticity and the first wrinkles begin to form. By the age of 40, the lack of hyaluronic acid produces more or less deep wrinkles.

2. Rejuvenates the skin from the inside

The ageing of the dermis manifests first in the face, but also affects the rest of the body.

Facial creams containing hyaluronic acid are often used to restore a more youthful appearance. There are also aesthetic beauty treatments that consist of directly injecting hyaluronic acid under the skin, but this procedure has the disadvantage that it only works in the specific area on which it has been applied and, in addition, this small intervention can carry risks.

Therefore, it is much better to take supplements of hyaluronic acid, this way we can regenerate the deep layers of the skin and improve their appearance, on the face and the rest of the body, at any age and without the risks involved in cosmetic surgery treatments.

The ingestion of dietary supplements of hyaluronic acid produces the hydration of the skin and stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin and the regeneration of the dermis, from the inside, which results in a firmer, hydrated, healthier and younger skin.

In a clinical study of 96 women, aged 22-65 years, hyaluronic acid was given over a period of 45 days. At the end of the study it was found that 80% of women had better moisturized skin and much softer and smoother.

Dietary supplements of hyaluronic acid can be used effectively both in patients who have already received other treatments to rejuvenate the skin and on natural skin without previous treatments.

The result, in both cases, is a visible reduction of wrinkles, especially in the forehead, nose and mouth and a healthier and smoother dermis.

3. Promotes the optimal functioning and health of the joints

Hyaluronic acid is one of the major components of synovial fluid. This synovial fluid is the element that lubricates and facilitates movement of the joints.

What properties does hyaluronic acid have on joints?

  • Lubricates the surface of the joints
  • Nourishes, with glucose and amino acids, articular cartilage
  • Helps eliminate toxins and waste products
  • It contributes, along with the cartilage, to cushion the frictions between the joints

The formation of synovial fluid is stimulated by the constant movement of the joints. This fluid ensures that the joints work properly and that there is no friction between the bones of the joints.

Decreased synovial fluid can affect cartilage, causing it to become rough, inflamed, painful, worn and, eventually, osteoarthritis onset.

People suffering from arthritis have less hyaluronic acid in their joints. In this case, one of the most frequent treatments is to apply injections of hyaluronic acid on the joint capsule. However, the results are short-lived and do not solve the problem.

To relieve joint pain, typical of osteoarthritis, cortisone, analgesics, or anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed. However, these treatments only combat symptoms and only temporarily reduce inflammation and pain, but do not address the root of the problem, which is the lack of synovial fluid and the deterioration of articular cartilage. In addition, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have many side effects such as dizziness, headache, gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, etc.

Hyaluronic acid supplements

Taking hyaluronic acid supplements is the best way to provide the body with the necessary supply of hyaluronic acid for joints in a good condition, and healthy and beautiful skin.

Hyaluronic acid tablets contain sodium hyaluronate, the active ingredient in hyaluronic acid.

In this form it provides a higher bioavailability.

Given its high viscous-elastic consistency, it is the ideal supplement to mitigate joint inflammation problems.

The hyaluronic acid capsules are normally free of animal traces, dairy products, gluten, colourants and preservatives. Even so, it is essential to check the list of ingredients of the product, as well as the daily recommend amount and other suggestions of the manufacturer.

How does hyaluronic acid favour joint functioning?

  • Facilitates joint movement thanks to a better lubrication
  • Stimulates the formation and maintenance of healthy articular cartilage
  • Avoids and relieves arthrosis
  • Mitigates articular pain

Who can benefit form hyaluronic acid?

  • People looking to protect and maintain the health of their connective tissue (skin, muscles, joints, etc).
  • Especially suitable for people with joint pains who wish to help reduce the discomfort.
  • Suitable for active people and athletes to avoid joint stress caused by training.
  • Elderly people wanting to take care of their joints.

What side effects and interactions does hyaluronic acid have?

There are no known side effects of hyaluronic acid supplements, provided the recommended dose on the instructions for each product is taken.

Buy hyaluronic acid

In our HSNstore you can buy hyaluronic acid online, available in different formats like capsules and tablets. Sodium hyaluronate supplements will allow you to maintain joint and tendon health, as well as improve the appearance of the skin, nails and hair.