Hyaluronic Acid: What’s the Hype?

There’s a substance that many health-conscious people are increasingly talking about. It’s hyaluronic acid, also known as HA. HA occurs naturally in the body and is necessary to maintain healthy joints and connective tissues.* And the aging body simply doesn’t make enough of the stuff.

How does HA work? Think of HA as a space-filler between cells, almost like a pillow full of moisture that acts as a cushion. Unfortunately, the body’s natural production of HA decreases over time. HA can be taken in supplement form, however, or applied topically.  Here are some ways to add it to your health — and beauty — regimen.

1. Vitacost Hyaluronic Acid with BioCell Collagen II.  This  HA combination formula  provides the body with the raw materials to support joint and connective tissue health and promote cellular renewal and structure.*

2.  Hyaluronic acid  serum.  Because HA has been shown to hold on to more water than any other molecule in the body, it can also bind and seal in moisture in the skin. You heard that right! In addition to helping produce and maintaining cartilage, HA does the same for collagen.*

Many skincare companies,  MyChelle Dermaceuticals, CSI  and  Source Naturals, offer HA serums which contain other skin-supporting ingredients.

3. Facial and skin cream.  Many people with dry skin, caused by aging, cold weather or other circumstances, prefer creams that contain HA as a key moisturizing ingredient. Vitacost  Glonaturals Argan Collection Face Cream with Hyaluronic Acid  is one such product.  Derma E  features HA in their eye cream.

4. Food concentrates.  Some liquid-food concentrates containing HA can be taken by the spoonful or added to water or other foods. One company makes both a  berry blend  and a  liquid collagen-HA product.

Has HA helped alleviate pain in your joints or improved your skin? Share it with us in the comments below.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness. Visit her website at www.DrSteelsmith.com.

About Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness. Visit her website at www.DrSteelsmith.com.

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