Advertisement

Can taking hyaluronic acid supplements benefit your joints?

Keith Roach, MD
Internal Medicine
Studies show that hyaluronic acid can benefit your joints by reducing knee pain and discomfort, and improving function, in people with moderate osteoarthritis. However, it won't completely eliminate knee arthritis pain. Let's say that someone is walking aorund with a pain level of around 5. After treatment with hyaluronic acid injections, pain level generally comes down to a 2 or a 3.
 
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the fluid of your joints to help protect them, but it can become thinner and less of a buffer in people with arthritis. One treatment for knee arthritis is to inject hyaluronic acid directly into the joint, a procedure called viscosupplementation. There's less evidence that taking hyaluronic supplements orally (by mouth) is effective, though one study found that a daily supplement reduced pain in people with arthritis.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Hyaluronic acid seems to improve the quality of synovial fluid both as a lubricant and a shock absorber. Because oral hyaluronic acid is broken down into simpler substances and can't get into your joints, it has to be sent there by your doc through a needle. HA in the form of Synvisc or Hyalgen coats the surface of cartilage to help it maintain its strength, and it may help to prevent inflammatory cells from entering into the joint space when there is damage.

You: Being Beautiful - The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty

More About this Book

You: Being Beautiful - The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty

Most people think that beauty revolves around such things as lipstick, sweet eyes, or skinny jeans -- all those things that we can see (and obsess over) in the mirror. But the fact is that beauty...

Continue Learning about Muscoloskeletal Agent

What is leflunomide?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Leflunomide (Arava) is a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) that affects the immune system...
More Answers
How effective is teriflunomide?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Teriflunomide reduces relapses by about 30% in people with remitting-relapsing MS. It is about as ef...
More Answers
What should I know before taking cyclobenzaprine?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
If you have congestive heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart block, or heart conduction disor...
More Answers
Can Botox affect my emotional reactions?
YouBeautyYouBeauty
Scientists believe that facial expressions may influence our emotions, meaning that those whose face...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.