Hyaluronic Acid: The Inside/Outside Anti-aging Nutrient
For over a decade hyaluronic acid has been the “it” nutrient featured in everything from topical skin cream to oral supplement to reduce inflammation and joint pain.
Still misconceptions remain regarding what this nutrient is and why it’s beneficial in the fight against aging – inside and outside.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the human body. It occurs in high concentrations in connective tissues, as well as eye fluids. In fact, a key function of this nutrient is to help lubricate connective tissue and the eyes. You’ll find it in large amounts in the areas between skin cells, where it provides moisture and plumpness.
Ever wonder why a baby’s skin is so beautiful? Well, it’s because we are all born with high levels of hyaluronic acid, which keeps the skin pump and smooth. Sadly, this wonder nutrient diminishes with age, especially after 40.
Hyaluronic acid has been the anti-aging darling of dermatologists and plastic surgeons for a while now. Dubbed “filler,” hyaluronic acid is injected directly into wrinkled areas to plump them up. Hyaluronic acid injections are also used to treat certain eye disorders.
Chances are you’ve spotted hyaluronic acid on the ingredient list of your favorite anti-aging serum or moisturizer. While the results may not be quite as dramatic as an injection, proponents swear you’ll see benefits such as softer, smoother and more hydrated skin.
That topical cream can increase hydration and skin elasticity. What’s more, it can reverse free radical damage and even protect against UV damage. If you have oily skin, apply hyaluronic acid lotion alone. Dry skin? Apply a layer under your normal moisturizer.
Hyaluronic acid-based lotions are also sometimes applied to skin to promote healing of burns and wounds.
There are few studies supporting the health benefits of hyaluronic acid supplementation. However, there is some scientific evidence that it may offer important benefits.
Hyaluronic acid shows promise in the treatment of osteoarthritis and may help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, restore joint fluids, and protect against cartilage breakdown.
Additionally, proponents say hyaluronic acid supplements can help with chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and even insomnia.
Before starting a new supplementation regimen (especially when treating a chronic condition), it’s wise to touch base with a trusted healthcare professional.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
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