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Hyaluronic Acid

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Hyaluronic acid is a member of the family of molecules known as glycosaminoglycans. This family also includes chondroitin sulfate and some other large carbohydrate-containing molecules. Hyaluronic acid is an important component of the connective tissue that fills the spaces between cells of the skin and other tissues, and is a major ingredient of the synovial fluid that lubricates and cushions joints as well as the vitreous humor that fills the inner chamber of the eye.1

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Gingivitis
Apply five times per day for one week or twice per day for three weeks2 stars[2 stars]
Gels and sprays containing hyaluronic acid, an important connective tissue component in the gums, have been shown to help reduce bleeding tendency and other indicators of gingivitis.
Skin Ulcers
Apply a gel containing a partial benzyl ester derivative of hyaluronan under compression bandaging daily2 stars[2 stars]
A trial found that topical application of a hyaluronic acid compound with compression bandaging was significantly better than bandaging alone for healing chronic venous skin ulcers.
Wound Healing
1% solution for ears2 stars[2 stars]
Topically applied hyaluronic acid is sometimes used in skin wound dressings to improve healing.
Osteoarthritis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Injection of hyaluronic acid compounds into osteoarthritic joints, primarily the knee, has been shown to improve symptoms.

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