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What is Hyaluronic Acid used in the body for?

Saturday March 1, 2014 at 3:26pm
What is Hyaluronic Acid used in the body for?

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 1st 2015

What is Hyaluronic Acid? 

Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule found in the body with a gel like structure which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. We each have around 15g in our bodies and approximately one third of this is used up and synthesized every day.  Just as with other protective parts of the body, e.g. cartilage, our ability to synthesize Hyaluronic Acid from our food declines with age. It is estimated that by our late 40s our ability to synthesize it effectively halves therefore we are not able to produce enough to satisfy the body's needs.

The Japanese Village of Long Life

While Hyaluronic Acid was discovered in 1934, it was a Japanese village called Yuzuri Hara which brought it to the forefront of research. In Yuzuri Hara 10 percent of the population is 85 or older and have good health. Both men and women in their 80s and 90s have smooth wrinkle free skin, flexible joints, full heads of hair and activity levels that defy their age. Unlike most regions of Japan that grow rice, the hilly terrain is better suited to growing different carbohydrates. The reason for the amazing physical attributes of the people in this village was traced to oestrogen-like molecules obtained from their diet, which send signals to their cells to make more Hyaluronic Acid.


Hyaluronic Acid belongs to a group of compounds known as glycosaminoglycans of which glucosamine is the most well known. These compounds help you build stronger, healthier and more flexible joints. It is one of the most active of these compounds. It is a major component of synovial fluid, the purpose of which is to reduce friction between the joint cartilages, it works as a shock absorber lubricating the fluid in the joint tissues as well as stabilising its breakdown.


Almost half of the body’s Hyaluronic Acid is located in the collagen of skin. No other biological substance can retain as much water as Hyaluronic Acid which means it is an excellent moisturiser which results smooth, soft skin and fewer wrinkles. As a skin care treatment it is now considered equally important, if not more important, than collagen.

When your skin becomes sunburnt its cells stop producing as much Hyaluronic Acid and increases its rate of ageing.

Most plastic surgery filler procedures involve the use of Hyaluronic Acid but they are expensive and don't last as the body breaks down the Hyaluronic Acid therefore the procedure needs to be repeated in order to remain effective.


The first Hyaluronic Acid medical product was manufactured for use in eye surgery to speed up the healing process following surgery.  It is found in the vitreous fluid in the eyes and helps to give them their shape. Since Hyaluronic Acid lubricates the eye tissues, it is considered to be beneficial for people suffering from dry eyes.


Hyaluronic Acid is an important connective tissue component in the gums. It helps to regenerate fresh and healthy gum tissue as well as reducing any inflammation that leads to bleeding gums.

Where can I get Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid is now often included in many facial creams, but it can also be purchased as a hyaluronic acid supplement.

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Thursday March 6, 2014 at 5:54pm by Peggy McCarthy
What form is your hyaluronic acid and how much is it ?
Replied to on: Friday March 7, 2014 at 2:19pm
Hi Peggy, thanks for your enquiry.
Just Vitamins Hyaluronic Acid comes in a natural form, with pure MSM and Vitamin C, in a vegetarian capsule.
It is available from 15p/capsule, full product details here:

I hope this helps.
Kind regards,
Customer Team
Just Vitamins
Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 12:01am by Joan Reynolds
I bought a lot of collagen tablets from you recently you tell me hyaluronic acid tablets are better. For wrinkles! Would you refund me them for hyaluronic acid tablets they have not been opened I would only be changing them because better for skin and deep wrinkles! SincerelyJoan
Replied to on: Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 2:19pm
We do operate a no-quibble money-back guarantee, so we'll contact you directly to arrange the replacement with you.
Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 12:53pm by Sandra Armstrong
Can I use collagen capsules alongside hyaluronic capsules I already purchased from you to finish hm
Replied to on: Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 1:19pm
Yes, you are fine to use Collagen alongside our Hyaluronic Acid Complex capsules. Thanks for taking the time to write to us!
Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 6:50am by jane
Can I use Hyaluronic Acid whilst taking high strength glucosamine please? Thanks Jane
Replied to on: Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 10:13am
Yes, you can very safely use Hyaluronic Acid whilst taking high-strength Glucosamine - in fact they will complement each other nicely.
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