Hyaluronic Acid – The Anti-Ageing Nutrient?

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Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate, is now widely available in capsules, skin creams and even injectables. But, is it the magical ingredient that appears to be on every skin manufacturers list and on every practitioner’s list of must have supplements?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a gel-like water holding molecule that is the space filler and cushioning agent in all mammals. HA cushions joints, nerves, hydrates skin and hair, and fills the eye. Although originally discovered in 1934 by Karl Meyer, HA gained momentum only after a visit by a reporter to a Japanese village of Yuzuri Hara to find out why both men and women in their 80’s and 90’s had smooth wrinkle free skin, flexible joints, full heads of hair and activity levels that defied their age. This was eventually found to be related to oestrogen-like molecules in their diet from soya and tofu, which sent signals to the cells to make more hyaluronic acid.

Our bodies roughly contain 15 grams of HA and it is found in virtually every part of the body. With such a widespread occurrence, it is logical that HA also has multiple functions. Scientific studies have shown that HA improves skin hydration, stimulates production of collagen in skin, works as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, maintains skin elasticity, cushions joints and nerve tissues, has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity and maintains the fluid in the eye tissues, which may help to protect against numerous possible eye concerns.

The average human body contains roughly 15 grams of HA, one third of which is degraded and synthesized on a daily basis. This is where the problems arise! The manufacture of every single protective agent in the body declines with age and HA is no exception to this rule. Decreasing levels of hyaluronic acid are known to accompany the ageing process and it is estimated that by the time we reach our mid-40’s, the synthesis of HA is roughly half that required by the body.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Skin: Almost half of the body’s HA is located in the collagen of skin and it is logical that HA plays a vital role here. Hyaluronic acid helps to retain over a 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturizer. In fact, no other biological substance can retain as much water as HA resulting in increased smoothness, softening and decreased wrinkles. Equally important is its ability to remove waste matter from cells including those where there is little blood circulation.

Today, hyaluronic acid is considered equally important, if not more important, than Collagen. The most common application for hyaluronic acid is in anti-ageing therapy, particularly with cosmetic procedures such as the elimination of skin imperfections and wrinkles, but these are not without problems and since HA is destroyed by the body, they need to be repeated regularly and are often expensive.

Joints: Most of us have heard of glucosamine supplements used for the treatment of arthritic conditions. Glucosamine belongs to a group of compounds known as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). These compounds help you build stronger, healthier and more flexible joints. Hyaluronic acid is the most active form of GAG’s and it works as a shock absorber lubricating the fluid in the joint tissues as well as stabilising its breakdown. It also works to remove the waste products, often acidic in nature, that arise from the destruction of the cartilage matrix and hence eases joint pain. As an antioxidant, it further supports joint health by protecting joint destruction due to free radicals. Hyaluronic acid can be administered by way of injections directly into the knees, although treatment can be very expensive and often needs to be repeated due to its natural breakdown.

Eyes: Hyaluronic acid is found in the vitreous fluid in the eyes and gives them their shape and characteristics. The first hyaluronic acid medical product was intended for use in eye surgery specifically for cataract surgery and glaucoma and was used to hasten the healing process following surgery. Since hyaluronic acid lubricates the eye tissues, it is of great benefit for people suffering from dry eyes. Oral supplements of HA may also help your eyesight. The reason for this is that as we age, less HA is found in the eye tissues and it is required to help support the eye structures.

Gum Disease: Gum disease is a common problem in the UK affecting 3 out of 4 adults over the age of 35. Gum disease, and not tooth decay, is the single biggest cause of tooth loss. Hyaluronic acid is an important connective tissue component in the gums helping with the regeneration of fresh healthy gum tissue as well as reducing any inflammation that leads to bleeding gums. Several studies indicate that applying hyaluronic acid as a gel (Gengigel) helps to reduce bleeding gums and other indicators of gum disease.

There are many additional benefits reported with the use of hyaluronic acid and these include faster wound healing, increased energy, dry skin relief, improved muscular strength and increased mental alertness. Can we really afford not to take hyaluronic acid supplements?

At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with the use of Hyaluronic Acid capsules.

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This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

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  • Norma Varley

    How much does hyaluronic acid face cream cost per Jar please

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    There are many day and night creams containing hyaluronic acid and a very popular one is Derma E’s Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Day Cream. Shabir

    http://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Hydrating-Day-Cream-with-Hyaluronic-Acid/2349

  • Chris

    Has anyone had good results from this treatment – what do you recommend?

  • Ana

    I had hyaluronic acid injected into my hips in May of this year. I was desperate for the pain to go away. I really need a hip replacement but I am only 40. So pleased I went for this. pain free since May, next injections in October.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Ana, So glad that hyaluronic acid by way of injection has helped. The capsule form has helped countless people with arthritic symptoms. Shabir

  • Ana

    Hi shabir
    I also take capsule form. Collogen and multivitamins. I feel better than I have in a long time.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Ana, I am glad to hear that hyaluronic acid has made a tremendous difference to your lifestyle. Shabir

  • Helen Rosemary Buckley

    I was taking HA for 6 months but then I read a lot that the body does not absorb HA taken orally and therefore it is a waste of money. Please let me know your scientific opinion.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Helen, we use sodium hyaluronate which is broken down by the body into hyaluronic acid. You are right in that hyaluronic acid is hard to break down and indeed some of this does get paased out of the body which is precisely why the formulation is a high strength one in order to get meaningful quantities into the bloodstream. Shabir

  • Helen Rosemary Buckley

    So what percentage gets passed out of the body? Sorry to be insistent.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Helen, this is a difficult question to answer because there are so many factors that are involved. The ability to digest, the ability to absorb depending upon each person’s digestive system and the function of the kidneys. What we do know is that for any oral tablet, whether it is a drug or a supplement, the best we can achieve is around 60% absorption rates. Shabir

  • Donna

    Are there any side effects?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Donna, there are no side effects that I have come across. Shabir

  • http://perfect-pure.com Nabil

    If I want to take hyaluronic cream, about 100 k.g, How can i take this?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Nabil, I slightly confused. do you wish to purchase 100kg of hyaluronic acid cream? Shabir

  • http://perfect-pure.com Nabil

    Yes.. I wish that
    Can u give me good price.
    Regards

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Nabil, I am sorry but this is something that you will have to take up with a contract manufacturer and not VictoriaHealth. Shabir

  • http://perfect-pure.com Nabil

    Ok.. Would u pls send me manufacturer address..??
    Regards
    Nabil

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Nabil, I think you are going to have to find this yourself. Best wishes Shabir

  • Jan

    How does one sort out having injections in knees with this ? Do you go through a GP
    first and then Hospital or what ???

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jan, You need to discuss this with your GP first who can refer you to an appropriate specialist though there are private clinics who can do this procedure. Shabir

  • Arun

    Do you sell this Acid………and if yes then how and where can I buy this? and a similar question is about natural eggshell membrane ……….. I am looking to buy both.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Arun, we do indeed sell Hyaluronic Acid High Strength capsules. https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Hyaluronic-Acid-Capsules-High-Strength/1735/0/
    With reference to Natural Eggshell Membrane, we have gone one step further and have a formulation that provides this in a therapeutic dose together with tart cherry, ginger, turmeric and hyaluronic acid called Superior Joints.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Superior-Joints/9494
    Best wishes, Shabir

  • Momanddad Auntanduncle

    Would you kindly share your source of HA and collagen?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, it is a bio-tech product containing sodium hyaluronate since some other forms of hyaluronic acid are not easily excreted and can cause problems. Shabir

  • Cam Ha Nguyen

    Sorry but I have a friend having kind of very serious side effect using this. Maybe it’s due to a high dose given in the medicament, 100 mg sounds pretty much to me !! Anyone could give me instructions about the suggested dose please ?? We really need your help now !!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Cam, there are some hyaluronic acid supplements contain excipients that one can have side effects to. Other hyaluronic acid supplements contain the gel like hyaluronic acid which is also not without side effects. The NHS Labs version contains sodium hyaluronate which is generally regarded as safe and without side effects because any excess is easily excreted. Shabir

  • Tina Pile

    What about Collagen supplements are they any good I’m considering skinade?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Tina, it is debatable whether collagen in supplements actually enters the bloodstream in meaningful quantity because this is a large molecule that is ill-absorbed by the body. I prefer the route of using supplements that may aid collagen production such as hyaluronic acid capsules and protect collagen such as High Potency Astaxanthin. Shabir

  • Janine

    Hi Tina I started to take Pure Collogen in powder form diluted with water about 2 months ago due to severe arthritic pain in my hip and lower back within about 6 days of taking this product I could see a significant difference and now I am virtually pain free . I have never tried Hylauranic capsules but I’m thinking of combining them with what I’m taking.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Janine, glad to hear that collagen has worked for you. You can definitely take hyaluronic acid capsules which has been studied extensively for its multiple benefits. Shabir

  • Bersolo Sulague

    i have 120mg HA from Solgar and i took it before sleeping for 3 weeks now but still i cant see any improvement of my skin, i still have pigmentations and other marks on my skin. is it possible to increase the dose like 2 tablets (240mg) at a time per day in order get the result quickly?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, You can increase to 240mg per day because it is not possible to achieve 100% absorption from any capsule or tablet. Shabir

  • Bersolo Sulague

    thank you for your quick response ma’am. i have another questions. upto how many grams of HA is allowed to take per day? taking this tablet is easy to absorb in our body? because i worried maybe my kidney will be affected. taking HA together with Glutathione in softgel has no problem at all?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Bersolo, the recommendations are 200mg up to twice daily. This is not set in stone as injections of HA can have larger amounts. Hyaluronic acid is produced by the body so using the recommended doses should be safe. You can take HA with Glutathione which will protect the body due to its antioxidant properties. Shabir

  • http://dominiestemp.blogspot.co.uk/ Dominie Stemp

    Hi
    I have been taking your HA capsules but have not noticed a difference in anything – what should I be noticing after 2 months?

    Thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Dominie, most people notice that their facial skin is more hydrated and plumper with diminishing fine lines. Of course collagen manufacture takes longer. HA is great from removing toxins where there is little or no blood supply so many report that any dullness of the facial skin is also tackled. This is aside from the other benefits such as more flexibility of joint tissues. Shabir

  • Funruffian

    I have been taking HA for over a year. The benefits to my health are difficult to identify since I’m sure they are quite subtle. I originally bought a subscription for my lower back injury. The OS told me HA couldn’t hurt, but it is not guaranteed to cure or reduce the impact of an injury. I continue to take the product with the hope that it will only benefit me.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, Hyaluronic acid supplements provide multiple long term benefits. What remains clear is that many people with arthritic symptoms experience positive benefits within the first three months since HA cushions the cartilage. I am sure that with continued usage, HA will prove to be invaluable to your supplement regimen. Shabir

  • julie ashworth

    I read that you should take 100 – 200 mg per day for benefits, so that makes the NHS Labs capsules, very expensive, if you have to take 2 – 4 per day??

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Julie, The NHS Labs Hyaluronic Acid capsules each contain 225mg which is why the dosage is only one a day. Most other supplements are considerably lower in strength. Shabir

  • Margaret Vining

    I have just started using Fountain a liquid HA you use in drinks. Any comment on this?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Margaret, Fountain is a great hyaluronic acid drink and if you are happy with the results, then please continue. Shabir

  • http://www.fanyalime.com/ Fanya & Lime

    I take this as skin supplement. Due to many years of severe eczema, my skin needs to regenerate and heal quickly now.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, thanks for the tip. Hyaluronic acid definitely hydrates skin and hence is useful for eczema and other dry skin conditions. Shabir

  • Jessica Levis

    Hyaluronic acid works for wrinkles because the molecule swells after it absorbs water, and that plumps lines on the spot. Look for products with hyaluronic acid listed near the top of the ingredient list, cause that means there is alot of it. I use Lady Soma’s Renewal Serum for my hyaluronic acid and will never stop using it. Its my favorite – and I am so happy everyone is into hyaluronic acid now because it does work!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jessica, thank you for your comment. Indeed we have been talking about hyaluronic acid for years and it’s multi-faceted role within the body. Whilst creams may work topically to produce a localised action, we always recommend both internal and external approaches. Shabir