Hyaluronic Acid – Age is Just a number!
In Yuzuri Hara, a Japanese village, the local population are considered to be some of the longest living people in the world, they often live well and happy to over a hundred, the village is known as ‘The Village of Long Life’. The local doctor, Dr Toyosuke Komori, has studied and written books about the people of Yuzuri Hara and their long life. He concludes that the longevity may be down to the diet of the local highly starchy vegetables, with the common ingredient being Hyaluronic Acid. Dr Komori, who is in his 80’s, adopted the local diet when he came to the village 60 years ago, he says “I feel very strongly that if I had not come here to Yuzuri Hara, I would not have lived this long and healthy a life”.
Hyaluronic Acid is a polysaccharide naturally produced in the body, but as we age, the levels of Hyaluronic Acid decrease. It occurs in high concentrations in the eyes, joints and skin, with its main purpose to retain moisture and keep the soft tissues lubricated and hydrated. In the last few years the medical use for Hyaluronic Acid has grown substantially, with it been used for eye and joint injections, and studies are indicating many more potential uses including wound healing and burns. The skin care industry has also jumped on Hyaluronic Acid for its age-defying properties too, with more and more products now introducing Hyaluronic Acid as a key ingredient. Hyaluronic Acid also seems to have good effects in treating age-related health problems; which seems like a “natural” bonus for anyone over 50!
Hyaluronic Acid supplements have been used for many years for joint, skin, eyes and bone health and its use in skin care products has grown dramatically and is well known, it now seems to be gaining popularity and interest in a number of other areas of health care including wound care, insomnia, fibromyalgia and chronic pain, although there are no major studies supporting these.
Hyaluronic Acid & Joints
Hyaluronic Acid is a key amino acid that is found in the joints, where it supports the synovial fluid and cartilage keeping the joints lubricated and cushioned.
In a study published in the American journal – Rheumatology International in 2015, Hyaluronic Acid or a placebo were given orally for 3 months to people with knee Osteoarthritis, and the resulted concluded that those who took Hyaluronic Acid had significantly improved pain and motor function as well as less inflammation.
We have had exceptional reports from our customers who have been using joint supplements with Hyaluronic Acid. The best news is that Hyaluronic Acid has no major side effects and has proved to be generally safe, when used at recommended dosage.
If you’re interested in some of our natural joint care products that contain Hyaluronic Acid – click on the pictures below.