The Incredible Health Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
The Incredible Health Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
By Beau Berman
Layer Origin Nutrition
If you keep up with the latest trends in the health and beauty worlds, you’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid. While this natural sugar is best known for its role in skincare products, its incredible benefits reach far beyond skin health.
In this article, we’ll be exploring everything you need to know about hyaluronic acid—from its benefits to how to add it to your routine.
Let’s get started!
What exactly is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring sugar (polysaccharide) that is produced by the body and found in the highest concentrations in the skin, connective tissue, and eyes.1
The primary purpose of hyaluronic acid is to retain water and keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. It works hard to keep areas of your body moisturized, however, it’s not always produced in the amounts needed.
Since levels of this crucial substance decrease as you get older, supplementing with hyaluronic acid may help treat or prevent several age-related beauty and health conditions.
What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is unique in that it can benefit both your internal health and outer beauty. Here are the top ways it may support your well-being.
- Promotes healthier, more supple skin
The reason people’s skin is more smooth and supple when they’re younger is because it has a higher water content. As people age, their skin loses some of its ability to retain moisture, both due to external factors like sunlight and internal factors like changing hormone levels.
Hyaluronic acid helps the skin stay hydrated and moisturized by drawing water into the stratum corneum (the top layer of the skin).
As such, many people take hyaluronic acid as a supplement or apply it to their skin as a topical cream.
One study in women found that applying topical hyaluronic acid resulted in increased skin hydration of up to 96 percent after eight weeks of use.2
Talk about a fountain of youth!
- Supports joint health
Hyaluronic acid is found in high concentrations in synovial fluid, which is a thick liquid that keeps joints well lubricated and reduces friction when you move your joints.
Research is finding that hyaluronic acid plays a key role in lubricating joints, potentially supporting your joint health as you age.3
One study reported that a three-month course of an oral hyaluronic supplement offered pain relief and improved function in adults with knee osteoarthritis.4
- Relieves dry eyes
Hyaluronic acid is also naturally present in the eyes, helping them retain moisture. As such, it’s often used to treat dry eyes.
Eye drops containing hyaluronic acid have been shown to reduce dry eye symptoms and improve eye health.5
With roughly one out of every seven adults suffering from dry eye, this is certainly something to celebrate.6
- Assists with wound healing
When we injure ourselves, our bodies naturally produce more hyaluronic acid to assist in the healing process.
This is because hyaluronic acid plays a key role in wound healing by regulating inflammation levels and signaling the body to build more blood vessels in the damaged area.7
- Soothes acid reflux
Recent research shows that hyaluronic acid supplements may help reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of acid reflux.
It’s thought that it accomplishes this by soothing the damaged lining of the esophagus and helping it heal faster.8
How to Take Hyaluronic Acid
At this point, you’re probably wondering how you can reap the incredible benefits of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can be found in skincare products, topical creams, eye drops, and supplements.
If you’re experiencing a specific issue, say dry eyes, for example, it would likely be best to use hyaluronic acid in the form of eye drops. That being said, taking an oral supplement is a quick and easy way to increase the hyaluronic acid levels in your body, allowing you to potentially experience a wide range of benefits simultaneously.
At Layer Origin Nutrition, we offer a supplement called PureHMO® for Women Beauty Mix, which contains hyaluronic acid, 2’-FL, and collagen peptides.
We already know the benefits of hyaluronic acid, but what about the benefits of 2’-FL and collagen peptides?
Let’s find out.
What are the benefits of 2’-FL and collagen peptides?
2’-FL is short for 2’-fucosyllactose, a human milk oligosaccharide (HMO). HMOs are naturally found in human milk and act as a prebiotic, contributing to the baby’s immune protection and the development of a healthy gut microbiome.
These benefits are not only reserved for infants, though. Synthetically-derived HMO can offer the same benefits to adults through supplementation.
Collagen peptides, also known as hydrolyzed collagen, are a type of protein made from collagen, an essential component of healthy skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. Collagen peptide supplements, which are typically derived from bovine sources, are made of the same amino acids as collagen, but are much easier to absorb.
Taking collagen peptides can influence collagen metabolism from the inside, resulting in noticeably firmer and smoother skin, reduced cellulite, faster nail and hair growth, decreased joint pain, and increased joint mobility.
By taking PureHMO® for Women Beauty Mix, you’ll be reaping the benefits of all three of these powerful compounds: hyaluronic acid, human milk oligosaccharide, and collagen peptides.
Together, these ingredients will help support the health of your gut, skin, and joints, allowing you to look and feel your absolute best at any age.
The Bottom Line
There’s a reason hyaluronic acid is an ingredient in so many beauty and wellness products—it delivers results! From supporting skin hydration and elasticity to keeping your joints lubricated and limber, this powerhouse ingredient is something you definitely want on your team.
Even though your body’s hyaluronic acid levels naturally decrease as you age, you can replenish your levels with topical treatments and ingestible supplements.
Load up on hyaluronic acid (in combination with HMO and collagen peptides) by making PureHMO® for Women Beauty Mix a part of your daily wellness routine.
With regular use, you’ll be supporting your inner health and outer beauty and promoting a healthy glow from the inside out.