You’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid and most likely seen it mentioned on your skin care products, but did you know it is also good for your joints, slow healing wounds and may also be really helpful if you’re a menopausal woman – intrigued? Read on to find out more!
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid, also known as Hyaluronan, is a “humectant”. It is naturally produced by your body and can be found in your skin, connective tissues, bones and hair follicles. It works by acting as a cushion and lubricant for our joints and other tissues.
Traditionally, hyaluronic acid is used to support skin health and you’ll find it in beauty products such as serums and creams, with a whole host of benefits ranging from improved quality and condition of skin, decreased wrinkles, support for aging skin and improvements in skin elasticity and tightness.
But most of us know that when it comes to looking and feeling vibrant and healthy, it’s not just about our skin and what we apply on the outside, it’s what goes in that counts too. Research suggests that oral hyaluronic acid enables us to nourish from the inside out; because it’s not just our skin that may see positive results from hyaluronic acid, it turns out that our joints, slow healing wounds, eyes and vagina might also benefit too.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
We already know about the benefits to our skin but because of hyaluronic acid’s mechanism of holding liquid; it has also been researched to support joint pain. Synovial fluid that cushions and lubricates our joints also contains hyaluronic acid. When our joints are well lubricated our bones are less likely to grind against each other and cause uncomfortable pain, however, the hyaluronic acid breaks down over time and its thought that this contributes to stiffness and joint pain.
Research has also shown that hyaluronic acid helps with wound healing, this is because it helps to control the inflammation around the injury whilst also redirecting blood vessels to the areas of damaged skin. It is a great food supplement to take if you have had a significant skin or joint injury.
However, it may also be helpful for women as they go through midlife and beyond. Common complaints of dryness, in particular vagina and eyes; are symptoms usually linked to reduced oestrogen levels associated with the menopause. Research suggest that oral hyaluronic acid may provide relief for peri and menopausal vaginal symptoms and improved epithelial atrophy (drying and thinning of the vaginal walls, which may occur when your body has less oestrogen) and that it could be used as an alternative by women who do not want to, or cannot take local oestrogen treatments for vaginal atrophy.
As you can see hyaluronic acid has many uses for symptoms that are commonplace and can be easily dialled down with some additional supplement support. So, if you are struggling with your skin health, feel like your joints need some TLC or are seeking additional help for those intimate dry areas then please get in touch! Our lovely NatureDoc practitioners are always on hand to help, get in touch today.
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