Why Hyaluronic Acid Is Vital As We Age
Hyaluronic acid is the ‘It’ ingredient when it comes to healthy aging and taking care of your skin. You’ll find it in skincare creams and serums and in supplements, such as marine collagen blends. What’s all the fuss about? Hyaluronic acid is vital as we age. It allows our skin and connective tissues to retain moisture, protects collagen, and brings lubrication to our joints. Let’s take a closer look…
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a clear fluid (made from sugars) that’s found naturally in our bodies. It’s highly concentrated in the fluids in our eyes and joints and about 50% is found in our skin. It binds to water, helping to attract and maintain moisture, protect collagen, and provide lubrication and flexibility to the skin and joints. As we age, its levels decrease which is why older skin starts to look dry, and wrinkles become deeper and more pronounced.
Why hyaluronic acid is vital as we age
- Nourishes and hydrates skin: Hyaluronic acid is a water-binding molecule that can retain 1000 times its weight in water. That means it naturally hydrates the skin. The extra moisture reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and gives skin a smoother, softer feel.
- Repairs damaged skin and helps to heal wounds. Hyaluronic acid helps heal skin wounds with its tissue regenerative properties. It can keep skin tissues moist; help manage inflammation and stimulate your body to produce more blood vessels around the wound area.
- Keeps bones and joints lubricated. Hyaluronic acid plays a vital role in reducing joint pain and stiffness. Our bones, cartilage and joints all contain hyaluronic acid. Because it absorbs water, it helps hydrate the bones, maintain collagen, and helps to protect joints and cartilage.
- Helps keep bones healthy and strong. Studies have shown hyaluronic acid helps slow down bone loss during the initial stages of osteoporosis. It plays a vital role in keeping our bones strong and healthy by helping bone cells to grow.
- Relieves dry eyes. Our eye sockets have a fluid base that is made up almost entirely of hyaluronic acid. A lack of this fluid can lead to dry eyes. Taking hyaluronic acid can bring relief to dry eye sockets, helping the body produce more tears and lubrication.
The bad news is that like collagen, we produce less and less hyaluronic acid as we age. As a result, our skin loses its volume, hydration, and plumpness. The good news is, taking hyaluronic acid in a supplement or through your diet can bring fantastic results to your skin, joints and general skin tissue healing and repair.
How to add hyaluronic acid to your diet
- A quality, high-potency marine collagen blend with hyaluronic acid. Take this blend every day for best results. You can check out my marine collagen with hyaluronic acid here.
- Starchy vegetables including sweet potatoes, potatoes and tubers have been known to increase the level of hyaluronic acid in the body.
- Bone broth. Naturally high in hyaluronic acid. You can make your own or buy bone broth in a liquid or freeze-dried into a powder.
- Soy foods. Tofu, tempeh and edamame are all known to help increase the level of hyaluronic acid by boosting estrogen.
- Citrus foods. Grapefruit and oranges are known to help prevent hyaluronic acid from breaking down in the body.
- Foods high in magnesium including nuts, seeds, avocados, and leafy greens all help maintain the level of hyaluronic acid in your body.
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