Everyone is always asking me is there any particular supplement I would recommend to help prevent aging of the skin. Although there are many, one in particular stands out, because it has numerous other benefits as well.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the human body and acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin and eyes. The highest concentrations are found in fluids in the eyes and joints.
Our joints are surrounded by a membrane called the synovial membrane, which forms a capsule around the ends of the bones. This membrane secretes a liquid called the synovial fluid. It has many functions, including serving as a lubricant, shock absorber and a nutrient carrier. Synovial fluid has been shown to be an effective lubricant for the synovium membrane if it contains enough hyaluronic acid. The cartilage between the joint is avascular, meaning it contains no blood vessels. Synovial fluid is the predominant way in which nutrients can be carried into the cartilage (for repair) and waste can be removed.
Hyaluronic acid is also particularly important to skin appearance because about 50 percent of the body's supply is located in the skin tissues. Hyaluronic acid fills the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.
Everyone wishes for baby soft skin. Did you know babies are born with a high level of hyaluronic acid, which keeps their skin plump and smooth? Unfortunately the body produces less and less hyaluronic acid over time. For women, once hormonal shifting occurs during peri-menopause (starts about 40) it dramatically reduces.
During the aging process skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity leading to dry, saggy, wrinkle induced skin. Hyaluronic acid has a unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid). Collagen is also critical to the skin because it supports skin structure. Collagen also declines with age, increasing the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration. Maximizing collagen levels will keep skin supple and hyaluronic acid helps improve collagen production.
Hyaluronic acid in the eye is found in a structure called the vitreous humor, which is a clear gel that fills the central part of the eye. Our eyes shrink as we age from a loss of this nutrient. In the eye, hyaluronic acid acts as a shock absorber and lubricant, keeps the structures of the eye secure and helps the body create new cells and removes wastes from cells including cells with little blood circulation.
Hyaluronic acid is also used in artificial tears as a lubricant to help relieve the symptoms of dry eyes. In fact the FDA has approved the use of hyaluronic acid during certain eye surgeries including cataract removal, corneal transplantation, and repair of a detached retina and other eye injuries. It is injected into the eye during the procedure to help replace natural fluids.
It is a slow process to rebuild so I would advise taking 200-400 mg per day for at least 6 months to see a noticeable difference.
Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center 508-336-4242
Host Holistic Healthline Radio
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