HA is found naturally in the body.
It has a role in joint health, skin, immunity, wound repair, eyes and the slipperiness between muscles and other tissues such as skin.
HA is the abbreviation for Hyaluronic Acid and is also known as hyaluronan and sodium hyaluronate (which is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid).
These are all the same structure that form the thickness of joint fluid.
How does HA lubricate the joints?
HA can hold 1000 times its molecular weight in water and this characteristic is essential for the shock absorption of joints. HA is found in cartilage and joint fluid and helps protect joints from damage.
In people HA is commonly used to reduce knee pain in osteoarthritis, increase hydration of dry skin, and included in eye drops for dry eye disease.
HA is found in joint fluid, skin, blood vessels, serum, brain, cartilage, heart valves, and the umbilical cord. Joint fluid has the highest concentration in the body.
HA given by mouth was scientifically proven in 2008 to be absorbed by the body in Beagle dogs. It was deduced that the HA was absorbed into the lymphatic system and transported around the body where it accumulated in the joint fluid as large molecules.
Some manufactured forms of HA come from rooster comb and chicken cartilage that may contain impurities. Dancing Dog is bio-fermented using bacteria that work like many tiny chemical factories forming the HA structure.