The benefits were discovered when a reporter visited Yuzuri Hara and was amazed at the youthful appearance of the village elders. Studies identified their youthfulness was due to oestrogen type molecules present in the tofu and soy in their diet. These molecules trigger cells to make more hyaluronic acid.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the connective tissue in our bodies, with 50% of it found in our skin. HA is a major component of the extra cellular matric (ECM), which is the framework that gives our skin its structure.
HA is a glycosaminoglycan, a polysaccharide which is a large sugar and a gel like molecule providing a cushioning agent in all mammals. HA cushions joints, nerves, skin, hair and even the eye.
What causes loss of hyaluronic acid?
As with most things that keep us young, the levels of HA diminish with age. Our bodies naturally contain 150gm of hyaluronic acid, it is in every part of the body and has multiple functions. Scientific studies show that it’s associated with skin hydration, stimulating the production of collagen and as an antioxidant to protect the body.
A third of the HA in our body turns over every day as it degrades and resynthesises, but as we age this process slows. It’s believed that hyaluronic acid levels fall to just 50% of the amount our bodies require by our mid-40s.
Hyaluronic acid benefits for skin?
Because hyaluronic acid can hold high amounts of water it keeps the skin hydrated and gives it a plumper glowing appearance. HA acts as a sponge in between the collagen and elastin fibres to absorb water and plump out the skin.
It naturally reduces the signs of ageing by decreasing ‘epidermal water loss’ associated with sun exposure and skin dryness. One of the benefits of this hydrating action is to give a smoother appearance and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
These are not the only benefits or HA, though. Let’s take a look.
How hyaluronic acid helps our eyes
The fluid inside the eye socket is composed almost entirely from HA. Many people experience dry eyes, whether it represents itself as soreness, redness, itchiness, blurriness, light sensitivity, eyes watering more than normal or feeling gritty; hyaluronic acid can help combat the symptoms. You can opt for eye drops or a HA supplement to help lubricate the eyes.
Is hyaluronic acid good for joints?
HA lubricates the space between your bones; when this is depleted, the bones are more likely to grind together which is painful.
Glucosamine is well known for its benefits to joint health. It is part of a group of compounds associated with joint strength. This group of compounds is called GAGS, or glycosaminoglycans, and hyaluronic acid the most active amongst the group for lubrication and acting as a shock absorber.
How do you increase hyalyronic acid naturally?
The HA molecule is too large to penetrate into the dermis tissue. With that said, applying it to the skin does give some benefits. It contains moisture attracting properties, drawing water to the skin to encourage hydration.
Taking a hyaluronic acid as a supplement is an excellent way to ensure that not only the skin but the whole body can benefit from its properties. Some of our products that include HA are: