What is Hyaluronic Acid/Hyaluronan?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural fluid found in the body of every human being. It is used the most in joints and as a fluid inside the eyes. There is no natural human hyaluronic acid available for sale. The HA for sale at pharmacies and online is taken from the red combs of male chickens. There are some products labeled as hyaluronic acid that are produced by bacteria in laboratories.

Hyaluronic acid is used by a significant number of people for help in relieving the pain they experience from joint disorders. It is usually taken orally but can be injected directly into a troubled joint area by a doctor or caregiver. Hyaluronic acid helps joint problems by increasing the natural cushion within the joints and other tissue material.

People take hyaluronic acid for relief of various joint disorders, including osteoarthritis. Some have it injected into a painful joint by their doctor or healthcare professional. Hyaluronic acid has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in eye surgeries. Surgeries to remove cataracts, transplant cornea or fix retina that have been detached all use hyaluronic acid as a replacement for natural eye fluid.

Hyaluronic acid is also used as in some cosmetic and repair plastic surgery. Some people tout hyaluronic acid as an excellent fluid to use for treating wounds and burns. Some unsubstantiated claims have been made about hyaluronic acid due to the relief that HA provides from joint pain. Proponents also point to the ability of hyaluronic acid to help heal skin wounds to support claims that it is an anti-aging fluid.

As of the end of 2011, there have been no completed studies that verify any anti-aging benefits attributable to hyaluronic acid. There are some studies, reportedly, underway to check for anti-aging benefits, but these studies will take years to complete, if they are carried out properly.

Despite claims by many people that hyaluronic acid is effective at treating exterior skin wounds and severe burns, as well as having the ability to prevent the effects of aging, the FDA cannot make an assessment until more studies are completed. Many people report significant improvements in the appearance of their skin from it but the improvement is temporary and requires continual use.

When prescribed by a health care professional hyaluronic acid is considered safe for most people. There are some concerns about the advisability of orally taking hyaluronic acid. When injected into joints there is often some temporary pain and redness at the injection point. To date, HA has not been reported to cause any allergic reactions.

The History of Halyuronic Acid

A patent was requested in 1942 to use hyaluronic acid as an egg white replacement in baking products. Once that patent was issued, a significant amount of private research was done to determine the properties and possible benefits from use of hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic Acid’s Natural Presence in the Body

Research has shown this fluid is produced in the human body, naturally. The ability to produce new hyaluronic acid decreases with age. This is another point that some feel supports the claims of hyaluronic acid as an anti-aging material. The amazing relief from overall joint and muscle pain, in elderly people, after even limited exercise, is enough to support the feeling that this may be something special in the fight against aging.

Because hyaluronic acid binds so easily with water it is an excellent lubricant throughout the body, not just in the joints. It is used in many skin care products as a superior moisturizer. Some people consider hyaluronic acid the moisturized produced by nature.

It is useful to understand all the places that this fluid is utilized within the human body. Hyaluronic acid is in every bone in the body. It is also located in key cartilage, which is located throughout the body. This strategically positioned cartilage cushions the ends of bones and other important parts of the body. This type of cartilage is called hcyaline cartilage. This is because it is partially composed of hyaluronic acid. This is the material that helps our bones and joints last, despite continual wear and tear.

Hyaluronic acid is also located in skin on the scalp and in the area of hair follicles. There is research underway to develop hair loss products that utilize the restorative benefits of hyaluronic acid. Some researchers feel that the reduction of natural hyaluronic acid production is a contributing factor in hair loss, especially male pattern baldness.

Hyaluronic acid is even found the gums of the mouth. Part of the strength of connection between the gums, teeth and jawbones is due to the presence of hyaluronic acid.

As the information in this article has revealed, hyaluronic acid is used throughout the human body. The average person, who weights 150 pounds has about 17 grams, which is just over one half ounce, of naturally produced hyaluronic acid at work in their body. Of that amount, one third becomes inactive or degraded from the stress of use when the body is functioning naturally.

This is the reason many people, including some medical practitioners feel that daily supplements of hyaluronic acid should be taken daily. Some feel that every adult would benefit from such supplements. Others feel only people over 50 or those with jobs or hobbies that put severe stress on the joints should be taking hyaluronic acid supplements.

This article has presented the view of the medical establishment, and the US FDC, which naturally can be expected to be cautious about statements they make. It is notable that to date, none of the claims for hyaluronic acid have been dismissed as not true by any government or medical research organization.

It is true that full testing of all the promising possibilities for hyaluronic acid has not yet been done. That leaves individuals to research on their own and determine if they wish to try this amazing natural fluid as a daily supplement. The only caveat on its use at this time is the one concern about taking hyaluronic acid orally as a liquid. For those with physical pains and aches that are reportedly relieved by hyaluronic acid, it is hard to dismiss the claims of relief that some report from using this natural substance.