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A Secret for Younger-Looking Skin

A Secret for Younger-Looking Skin

During red carpet season, we ogle celebrities at the award ceremonies, examining their skin and hair, along with “who they’re wearing.”

It’s hard not to notice women who have clear, radiant, vibrant-looking skin, which is a sign of good health. While celebrities spend a lot of time improving the appearance of their skin from the outside, the real key to young-looking skin is proper nutrition and healthy habits.

In addition to eating healthfully and exercising, there’s a little-discussed supplement that can help prevent the wrinkling and dryness that contribute to old-looking skin. It’s called hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a glycosaminoglycan that acts as the intracellular cement or glue of connective tissue. Connective tissue, as the term suggests, serves the function of supporting and binding other tissues. The loose connective tissue holds the skin and internal organs in place, while the fibrous connective tissue includes tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. In essence, hyaluronic acid not only helps to provide the structural framework of connective tissue, it is the actual “glue” that holds our body together.

Maintaining HA in body tissues is an important anti-aging strategy. One of the reasons our skin develops lines and wrinkles is due to the loss of HA. By the time most people reach the age of 70, the HA content in their body has dropped by 80% from when they were 40. After the age of 45 or so, HA levels in the skin begin to plummet.

There is a great deal of evidence that applying HA topically helps prevent wrinkles. But now researchers have discovered that taking hyaluronic acid orally is also beneficial for restoring moisture and youthful suppleness to the skin. Recent clinical studies using oral HA in patients with dry and rough skin have shown that patients given a supplement consisting of purified, bioavailable hyaluronic acid had a significant increase (46%) over baseline values in the moisture content of their skin.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance found in our bodies that’s essential for health, but now we know it’s also a key to beautiful-looking skin.

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Dr. Michael Murray

Dr. Murray is an educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, and the author of more than 30 books, including his newest, The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (Atria, 2012). Learn more at www.DrMurray.com. Readers who sign up for Weekly Fast Facts at the website will receive a free copy of Dr. Murray's new ebook, Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia! What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn't Know.

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11:03AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Thanks

8:00AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Informative.
TY!

12:53PM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Thanks, good info. You should also inform us which food would provide us this HA???

8:30AM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

wow, good story, thanks for that

12:38PM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thank you for the information.

5:47PM PDT on May 1, 2013

I've heard of this lots lately ,,,shopping tomorrow I think.

2:12AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you for this useful article.

4:44PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

informative...thank you

5:01AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you

9:54PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Thanks

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