What is HA?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in the body.
It is a major component of synovial fluid, the lubricating material present in many joints, and as such, plays an important role in maintaining joint health. Although the body produces its own HA, this supply declines with age, causing joints to become stiff and painful.
Some key facts about Hyaluronic Acid:
- Hyaluronic acid (also known as HA) is a GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN.
- It consists of two sugar-like molecules – glucosamine and glucuronic acid.
HA = GLUCOSAMINE + GLUCURONIC ACID
- It was discovered in 1934 and is the principle compound in the body for retaining water in the connective tissue and organs. The human body is 55-78% water and Hyaluronic acid is responsible for holding this water.
- The body is composed of cells (‘building blocks’) and in between is connective tissue which is sometimes called the ‘mortar’ of the body.
- HA is found within collagen, and it supports collagen by virtue of its ability to maintain hydration. It keeps collagen from cracking, drying out and degrading.
- Hyaluronic acid (HA) occurs naturally in the body and the highest concentration is found in this soft connective tissue.
- As we age, the connective tissue loses water and dries out causing the signs of ageing.
- HA is a major component in the synovial fluid (joint fluid) and increases the viscosity of this fluid.
HA is more than just ‘Goo’
It also plays a role in the way living cells communicate with each other, in the ability of cells to migrate and in healing wounds.
HA has been injected into knees and shoulder joints, used as a ‘filler’ by dermatologists, is used in eye surgery and is also used in skin creams and serums.
Syno-Vital is the purest, most absorbable pharmaceutical grade of Hyaluronic acid available.