Hyaluronic acid, aka hyaluronan, is a gooey substance naturally produced by our bodies. It is found in abundance inside eyes, skin, and connective tissues.
Hyaluronan’s main function is retaining water to keep your tissues moist. But that’s not all it does, as it also has a ton more benefits, including the following:
1. Improves Skin Condition
Approximately half of the hyaluronic acid in your body is present inside your skin, where it binds to water for keeping your skin tissues moist.
When your body is exposed to pollutants such as ultraviolet radiations or tobacco smoke, there’s a significant decline in the levels of hyaluronic acid in your skin.
The only way to deal with this decline is to take hyaluronic acid supplements.
According to this study, taking 120-240 milligrams of hyaluronic acid supplements daily for at least a month can significantly reduce dry skin by increasing skin moisture, especially in adults.
One important thing to note here is that since hydrated skin is less likely to develop wrinkles, hyaluronic acid not only helps keep your skin moist but also wrinkle free.
Furthermore, another study concludes that hyaluronic acid serums can reduce redness, wrinkles, and dermatitis — which is why dermatologists inject hyaluronic acid fillers to make skin appear more youthful.
2. Can Speed Up Wound Healing
Hyaluronic acid plays a key role in wound healing.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s naturally present inside our bodies. But what we didn’t mention was that its concentration increases when your skin gets damaged.
According to recent research, hyaluronan helps our body heal faster by reducing certain inflammation markers and signaling the body to build more blood vessels in the wounded area.
Furthermore, applying hyaluronan on skin wounds can reduce the size of the wound, and since hyaluronic acid has antibacterial properties, it can also reduce your risk of infection.
What’s even more impressive is that it is even effective at combating gum disease, as it speeds up healing after tooth surgery and eliminates ulcers when taken orally. (1)
3. Relieves Joint Pain
Hyaluronic acid is also found inside your joints, where it keeps the space between your bones well lubricated — which makes it less likely for the bones to grind against each other and cause pain.
According to this study, taking 80-200 milligrams of hyaluronic acid daily for 2 months can significantly reduce knee pain in people with osteoarthritis.
Health Issues Associated With Hyaluronic Acid Deficiency
Deficiency in hyaluronic acid can lead to several health issues, including:
- Discomfort caused by interstitial cystitis
- Certain eye issues, such as dry eyes
- Joint issues, such as osteoarthritis
- Slower wound healing
- Premature aging skin
Daily Recommended Intake
The daily recommended intake of hyaluronic acid depends almost completely on the condition the user is trying to treat. According to current research:
- For aging skin: a certain product containing hyaluronic acid, krill oil, sea buckthorn berry oil, and cacao bean extract should be used daily for 90 days.
- For osteoarthritis: 80 milligrams of hyaluronic acid should be consumed daily for 3 months.
- For sores and swelling inside the mouth: hyaluronic acid mixed with water should be used as a mouth rinse daily.
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