When joints begin to stiffen and are not as flexible as they once were, perhaps it’s time to do what you would do for a creaking door or a stiff hinge – add some lubrication.

Human joints are naturally lubricated and protected by a thick gel substance called synovial fluid and one of the main constituents is hyaluronic acid (HA). Like oil in an engine or joint, over time the body’s synovial fluid loses its viscosity and effectiveness. In fact those over the age of 50 may have as little as 50% of the hyaluronic acid in their joints that they had when they were younger.

It makes sense to prioritize joint health and top up that fluid so that it can once again do its importance job of protecting the joint cartilage and lubricating the joints during use. If the joint cartilage is unable to be cushioned, the cartilage may quickly deplete, creating further stiffness and pain.

Natural remedies for arthritis and joint pain traditionally include glucosamine and chondroitin, but hyaluronic acid has now been added to the list of effective natural aids to joint health. Clinical trials continue to show that taking hyaluronic acid improves joint health naturally and safely.

Hyaluronic acid is currently used in anti-wrinkle injections as it builds up collagen as well as acting as a skin moisturizer. It is known to be anti-inflammatory and has been shown to increase elasticity and hydration to the skin. Researchers report that HA also plays a vital role naturally in joint cavity formation and bone growth. Taking natural supplements of hyaluronic acid have been found to support the treatment of osteoarthritis in knee joints by increasing lubrication and cushioning naturally.