Joint Health – Hyaluronic Acid

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Joint Health – Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a component found in normal, healthy joint tissue. As shown in research recently published in the Journal of Physiology, hyaluronic acid is responsible for keeping the joints hydrated – a property vital to the ability of joints to absorb shock and carry weight.1 The slowdown in hyaluronic acid replenishment in joint cartilage that accompanies getting older can result in hyaluronic acid deficiency within a joint. Hyaluronic acid deficient joints become dry and lose their cushioning properties, predisposing them to a decrease in mobility.

Published scientific research has demonstrated that ensuring sufficient amounts of hyaluronic acid are available to your joints can promote joint health and function. The importance of the function of hyaluronic acid in joint tissue clearly substantiates the benefits of including it in your personal Joint Health program. See much more on hyaluronic acid in the dedicated chapter found later in the book.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Joint Health – Fish Oils

1. Scott JE, Stockwell RA. Cartilage elasticity resides in shape module decoran and aggrecan sumps of damping fluid. Implications in osteoarthrosis. J Physiol 2006; Mar. 31. doi: 10.1113/ jphysiol.2006.108100 (