Hyaluronic Acid: The New Joint Health Supplement
There’s a joint health supplement that you may not have heard of yet, but it is essential to your body’s structure. It’s hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronate or HA, and it’s distributed widely throughout the connective (muscles and ligaments), epithelial (skin and organ lining) and neural (nervous system) tissues. And it has many diverse roles when it comes to the skeletal system.
Specifically, researchers report that hyaluronic acid plays a vital role in joint cavity formation and bone growth, and regulates bone remodeling. (Bastow ER et al. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2008 Feb;65(3):395-413.) This study showed that hyaluronic acid can be especially helpful in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Hyaluronic acid helps lubricate and cushion the joint.
Multiple preliminary clinical trials have shown that taking hyaluronic acid orally has a positive effect on osteoarthritis. More studies are underway that will reveal whether these studies are really on to something!
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Hyaluronic acid is quickly gaining credibility as an effective joint health promoter, and many have experienced fantastic results using it to improve joint function. Consider taking HA in conjunction with other joint health supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin.
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Article updated on: July 1st, 2009