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What is HA?

Some key facts about Hylauronan:

  • Hyaluronan (also known as Hyaluronic acid or HA) is a GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN.
  • It consists of two sugar-like molecules – glucosamine and glucuronic acid.
  • It was discovered in 1934 and is the principle compound in the body for retaining water in the connective tissue and organs. The human body is 55-78% water and HA is responsible for holding this water.
  • The body is composed of cells (‘building blocks’) and in between is connective tissue which is sometimes called the ‘mortar’ of the body.
  • HA is found within collagen, and it supports collagen by virtue of it’s ability to maintain hydration. It keeps collagen from cracking, drying out and degrading.
  • It occurs naturally in the body and the highest concentration is found in this soft connective tissue.
  • As we age, the connective tissue loses water and dries out causing the signs of ageing.
  • HA is a major component in the synovial fluid (joint fluid) and increases the viscosity of this fluid.

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HA is more than just ‘Goo’

It also plays a role in the way living cells communicate with each other, in the ability of cells to migrate and in wound healing.

HA has been injected into knee and shoulder joints, used as a ‘filler’ by dermatologists, is used in eye surgery and is also used in skin creams and serums.

Syno-Vital is the purest, most absorbable pharmaceutical grade of HA available.