We all know how beneficial hyaluronic acid can be for the body and skin. Found in various skincare products as well as supplement form, there is really nothing this compound can’t do.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural gooey substance that is produced in the body and provides support to the mobility of your joints, as well as helping with the strength of your ligaments, and connective tissues. It also has effective humectant traits meaning it can bind water to the skin and areas in the body. This results in the skin barrier remaining at its strongest, healthiest state enabling it to protect from free radicals and oxidised stress, such as pollution, UV rays, central heating, and other daily aggressors.
If you are unsure of the results you can expect to see when using this ingredient, check out the health benefits below.
- Can help relieve dry eye symptoms with eye drop products enriched in hyaluronic acid.
- Supports healthy skin barrier protecting from exposure to free radical damage, such as hyperpigmentation and skin ageing, which are fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity.
- Reduces inflammation and discomfort by providing lubrication to joints whilst relieving stiffness.
- Contains antibacterial properties enabling the acid to help heal wounds on the surface of the skin quickly and effectively.
- Acts as a humectant meaning it is can draw moisture into the skin and body tissue keeping them hydrated, and the skin barrier strong enough to protect against free radicals and further damage.
- Can improve overall bone health and support them by increasing their strength and durability.
Hyaluronic acid supplements, skincare products and injections are considered safe, but there can be some side effects that can occur, especially for those using hyaluronic acid injections for cosmetic and medical procedures.
These side effects should remain mild and will clear up within a week or so, if you find these worsen or remain longer than a week to 10 days, seek the help from a doctor or medical professional.
There you have some examples of the health benefits of hyaluronic acid when taken as a supplement. There are also an array of skin benefits this clever acid can deliver when applied topically to the skin with face creams and serums. As I have already mentioned, hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body so having a supplement enriched in the acid is a simple addition to your routine. I would, however, suggest you seek the advice from a doctor to find the best product for you and avoid anu unwanted side effects.
Can too much hyaluronic acid be bad?
Not really, when it comes to taking hyaluronic acid in supplement form. This can’t be said about hyaluronic acid when it’s formulated into skincare products. Believe it or not, you can have too much of a good thing. What I mean by this is if you apply liberal amounts of a hyaluronic acid serum onto the skin the acid will work overtime at drawing moisture into the skin from the air surrounding face and any water in product formulas. Once this water runs out, hyaluronic acid begins to seek water elsewhere, this usually results in moisture being drawn up from the lower layers of the skin. In other words, too hyaluronic acid begins to dry out the skin and cause dehydration.
As for whether too much hyaluronic acid is bad for body, when taking hyaluronic acid in supplement form, it is very important you follow the instructions on the packaging and do not exceed the dosage. Side effects or allergic reactions when taking supplements is often considered rare, but to avoid any, I would again, suggest you consult with a doctor before introducing hyaluronic acid into your daily routine, especially if you’ve not had hyaluronic acid as a supplement before.
Does hyaluronic acid interact with medications?
There is little information available about which medications are interfered with when taking hyaluronic acid supplements. If you are wanting to introduce these supplements but are unsure of whether your medication will benefit from the addition, visit your doctor with a list of your medications. Alternatively, there are a few different websites with a search engine enabling you to check for yourself. Having said that, I cannot stress the importance of checking with your doctor that these supplements will deliver their benefits and not hinder your existing medications from working effectively.
Does hyaluronic acid raise blood sugar?
No, not really. It may seem confusing as hyaluronic acid is often derived from sugar cane when formulated into skincare products. This, however, does not have an impact on the body’s blood glucose levels.
If you have conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure then taking hyaluronic acid supplements may help manage the problem. Due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous properties, HA can target the common side effects that occur for those suffering with the conditions I have already mentioned. Edema, for those of you who don’t know, is the swelling of your legs, ankles, and feet caused from trapped fluid in the body’s tissue. Hyaluronic acid can help limit this fluid and is able to prevent the swelling and affects it has on the body.
There you have a little more information about hyaluronic acid supplements and any potential side effects that could occur. With the variety of products and formulas available, it can feel quite overwhelming finding the best product that will suit your needs. As I have mentioned already a few times, if you ever have any concerns, seek some help from a doctor. It is also important to remember that each product is different, and may even require different dosage, so always check the packaging, and avoid taking the wrong dosage.
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