Did you know...
Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the human body and can be found in high concentrations in fluids in the eyes and joints. It helps body tissues retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility and works by acting as a cushion and lubricant in the joints and other tissues. It is often used in topical skin applications for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and as a moisturizer and is believed to prevent the effects of aging. However, the body's hyaluronic acid levels decrease as you get older and that’s where supplementation comes in.
One of the most common uses of hyaluronic acid supplements is for treating osteoarthritis pain and injuries. Since hyaluronic acid helps buffer bones and provides resistance to wear and tear, supplementation has shown useful for lowering pains and tenderness associated with degenerative joint diseases. Research also shows that it can be effective for reducing joint stiffness and chronic pain, although results in this regard seem to vary. Hyaluronic acid supplements are also said to improve bone density, increase muscle strength, and enhance sexual function.
Hyaluronic acid supplementation is also being considered for conditions such as fibromyalgia, or fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). This long-term condition causes pain all over the body and is sometimes marked by high levels of hyaluronic acid in the blood. Some scientists suggest that one way to diagnose fibromyalgia may be to measure hyaluronic acid levels in the blood. Since levels appear to rise and fall throughout the day, stabilizing them may be one way to provide healing and relief from the symptoms which include pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression, stiffness, tender joints, and concentration and memory problems, known as "fibro fog".