Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate)
Animal Health, Hair, Skin & Nails, Muscle, Bone & Joint Strength
Hyaluronic acid, also known as Sodium Hyaluronate, is a substance that is naturally present in the human body. It is found in the highest concentrations in fluids in the eyes and joints. Its function is to preserve water and keep tissues lubricated.
Almost half of the hyaluronic acid in the body is present in the skin. There it binds to water to help retain moisture. The aging process, and exposure to UV radiation and environmental aggressors causes the amount of hyaluronic acid amounts in the skin to decrease. Supplementing with hyaluronic acid has been shown to increase the amount present in the body.
Some people take hyaluronic acid for various joint disorders.
For cosmetic use, Hyaluronic acid is also used as a lip filler in plastic surgery. Some people apply hyaluronic acid to the skin for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and as a moisturizer (humectant).
Hyaluronic acid is also used for anti-aging formulations due to its ability to help with skin elasticity.
Features & Benefits
- Hyaluronic acid may support joint health and mobility
- Hyaluronic acid is also used for anti-aging formulations due to its ability to help with skin elasticity.
- Hyaluronic acid can be applied to the skin for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and as a moisturizer (humectant).
- Dietary Supplements
- Cosmetic Formulas
- Animal Health
Mechanism of Action
The Mechanism of Action of Hyaluronic Acid is not completely known however it is believed to play a role in improving the viscosity of synovial fluid, provide shock absorbing and lubrication benefits and may help to reduce joint pain.
- A double-blinded, placebo-controlled study over a 12-week period showed significantly diminished wrinkles compared with the placebo group after 8 weeks of ingestion and improved skin luster and suppleness after 12 weeks.
- The effect of oral Hyaluronic Acid administration on the symptoms of knee OA was investigated in a one-year, prospective randomized study. When combined with quadriceps strengthening exercises the treatment may have beneficial therapeutic effects especially in patients under the age of 70.
Formulating with Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid can be formulated as dietary supplement for joint and skin health or as a topical serum and lotion to help maintain moisture levels in the skin.