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Hyaluronic Acid- How I work in your body

Hyaluronic acid plays various roles.

Roles in our bodies

Hyaluronic acid fills the spaces between cells, protecting them by retaining water and serving as a cushion.

·Skin

Hyaluronic acid is found abundantly in dermis, helping skin retain its moisture.

Skin with high hyaluronic acid content

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Skin with high hyaluronic acid content
The skin remains hydrated and the surface is supple when the skin contains adequate concentrations of hyaluronic acid.


Skin with low hyaluronic acid content
The skin loses its elasticity and the surface becomes dry, because moisture is lost as hyaluronic acid concentrations decrease.

Skin with low hyaluronic acid content

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·Joints

Joint fluid and articular cartilage contain hyaluronic acid at high concentration. It serves as a lubricant (preventing bone-to-bone friction) and as a cushion. This function allows our joints to move smoothly.

·Eyes

The vitreous body contains high concentrations of hyaluronic acid, where it provides cushioning and plays a role in the maintenance of the shape of the eyeball.


Benefits hyaluronic acid formulations

1.Joint Function Improvement

A common medical treatment uses hyaluronic acid as a joint function improving agent. Hyaluronic acid is injected into joints to treat patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis, periarthritis of the shoulder*1 (also known as frozen shoulder syndrome), and knee pain from rheumatoid arthritis*2. Hyaluronic acid has been reported to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects in such uses.

  • *1:Applicable in some countries
  • *2:Applicable in Japan

2.Ophthalmic Surgical Aid

An ophthalmic surgical aid made of hyaluronic acid is used during cataract surgery and penetrating keratoplasty. The viscosity of hyaluronic acid helps protect easily damaged cells and is used to secure sufficient intraocular space during surgery.

 


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