Hyaluronic acid, one of the key ingredients in Mountain Ice Joint & Bone Health Complex, Although we associate acid with extremely abrasive substances, hyaluronic acid is naturally present in our bodies, specifically our skin, connective tissues and eyes. It binds to water molecules, helping to retain them in order to keep tissue lubricated.
Hyaluronic Acid for Skin
Despite the name, hyaluronic acid is actually a polysaccharide, an abundant carbohydrate naturally present in the body, and an important part of skin health. It's a primary component of the extracellular matrix, which provides structural support for cells and helps with the binding of cells known as cell adhesion. This makes HA a necessary part of skin health, particularly in its ability to bind water to collagen in skin cells.
So what does this mean for your skin? It means healthier skin! Hyaluronic acid helps your skin retain water, giving it a healthier appearance. By moisturizing your skin, HA makes it look fresher, fuller, and gives it a healthy glow. And your body naturally loses HA and collagen as you age, so supplementing your skin health with hyaluronic acid in moisturizers and other skin care products can help reduce signs of aging.
Hyaluronic Acid in Mountain Ice
Hyaluronic acid doesn't only preserve the surface layers of the skin. It's deep in the skin cells, which makes it responsible for other functions of skin and tissue health, including joint lubrication and the phases of skin wound repair. These powerful regenerative capabilities have many uses in Mountain Ice:
Skin Repair: Damaged, dehydrated tissue is susceptible to inflammation, the body's response mechanism in treating that damage. Inflammation is a valuable process, but needs to be regulated by the body or will cause more harm than help. Hyaluronic acid is necessary for the growth of new skin cells following damage, and is found in high concentrations in granulation tissue, the connective tissue that grows to fill in wounds. It doesn't just bind moisture to skin cells, but binds skin cells together.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Concentrations of hyaluronic acid increase in damaged tissue, where it's crucial to tissue regeneration and regulates inflammation levels. Increased hyaluronic acid promotes inflammatory response to injuries and wounds, but it then moderates this response by binding with proteins that inhibit inflammation. This contradictory response promotes healing but then manages the inflammation and new tissue growth that's crucial to the healing process but in excess can cause pain or damage.
Joint Lubrication: Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in joints, where it helps retain moisture in the connective tissue between bones. This allows the tissue to bend and move more easily and creates less wear from friction. It also prevents the bones from grinding against each other painfully. Supplements of HA are commonly used by people suffering from osteoarthritis, and studies have indicated its effectiveness in reducing knee pain from OA.