Hyaluronic Acid, what it is, how it assists in skin heathHyaluronic acid (HA) is also called hyaluronan. It is a polysaccharide found in most of the bodies’ cells. the body makes HA by using an enzyme called hyaluronic acid synthase to combine two sugars, D-glucuronic acid and N-acetyl glucosamine. There are foods that either provide small amounts of HA, or the building blocks of it. See the list at the end of the article. Facial products are usually made from bacteria synthesized from poultry (rooster combs) and other sources (1). HA is a main part of the skin, and 50 percent of HA is found here. It plumps, firms, and moisturizes skin. It acts as a natural support for the dermis, and it delivers nutrients and keeps the skin moist by pulling water from your body. It’s a lubricating fluid found in connective tissue, skin, joints, eyes, and the fluid of the body (1). HA is used in supplements for skin and joint health, including joint pain reduction, and in skincare items. This is as HA can help reverse cartilage and collagen loss. It can lessen inflammation and assist in immune functioning, including wound healing. It is in eye moistening drops, and in pharmaceutical eye serums and eye drops. The last is to provide structure and moisture to damaged tissue while it heals.
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