Hyaluronic Acid is an essential component to maintain healthy, pain-free joints. Also known as hyaluronan, this naturally occurring carbohydrate helps cushion connective tissue and joints, keeping your joints lubricated as well as helping your body’s cells retain moisture. If you are having joint issues, increasing the intake of hyaluronic acid can significantly help. The human body produces hyaluronic acid but production will deplete as you age and supplementation may be recommended to maintain healthy joints. HA is only found within the ligaments, tendons, cartilage and skin of animals, including fish and poultry. So, the best way to get more HA from your diet is to consume animal products.
Food sources of hyaluronic acid include beef, pork, chicken, and turkey. Leafy greens and soybeans are the vegetarian alternatives since fruits and vegetables contain no HA. As strange as it sounds, eating the cartilage from the ends of chicken and turkey bones can be a great source of HA. Eating fish with the bones and skin is also a great source. Boiling the bones and connective tissue of any animal into a broth will provide you with an easy consumption, rich source of HA.
Hyaluronic acid supplements can also help. The majority of products for joint and mobility support contain hyaluronic acid in conjunction with other joint support ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM.