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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hyaluronic acid – A Hydrating, Cosmetic Supplement

Hyaluronic acid has been used to help treat rheumatoid and osteoarthritis due to its ability to lubricate joints, encourage tissue water retention and lock moisture into the extracellular matrix, keeping elastin and collagen hydrated. Without hyaluronic acid, joints can become brittle, leading to deterioration. Known for its ability to remove toxins and deliver nutrients to cells in the cartilage, it is also known to lessen the appearance of scars and depressions in the skin.

More recently, hyaluronic acid has gained attention from the cosmetic industry for its ability to help skin appear more radiant and smoother. Hyaluronic acid has no known side effects other than minor skin irritations, and is administered in an injectable form, the only forum approved by the FDA.

Hyaluronic acid

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Monday, October 27, 2008

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a fibrous, structural protein that can be found throughout the human body (as well as in all mammals) as a connective tissue. Collagen can be found in the skin, bones, muscles, cartilage and even in the teeth. There are more than 20 types of collagens in the body and it makes up about one-quarter of the body’s protein content. The body relies on collagen to literally hold it together. Collagen gives form, firmness and strength to bodily tissues, cartilage, ligaments and internal organs. Collagen production decelerates as we age, causing fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. Collagen is most popular for its role in cosmetic surgery to help firm up the lips and face, giving people a younger appearance, but is also sold as a supplement to help increase and maintain joint mobility and is used in treating burns. Collagen also has many industrial and medical uses.

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