How Hyaluronic Acid is Used in Mountain Ice
Hyaluronic Acid: don't let the name fool you. Although we associate acid with extremely abrasive substances, hyaluronic acid is naturally present in our bodies, specifically our skin, connective tissues and eyes. It binds to water molecules, helping to retain them in order to keep tissue lubricated.
So what does this have to do with Mountain Ice? Hyaluronic acid is one of the key ingredients in our formulation!
Hyaluronic acid has many valuable properties. Many skin care products use it to help skin retain moisture, but it doesn't just act on the surface layers of skin. There are two main qualities of hyaluronic acid that Mountain Ice utilizes:
1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Concentrations of hyaluronic acid increase in damaged tissue, where it's crucial to tissue regeneration and regulates inflammation levels. Increased hyaluronic acid promotes inflammatory response to injuries and wounds, but it then moderates this response by binding with proteins that inhibit inflammation. This contradictory response promotes healing but then manages the inflammation and new tissue growth that's crucial to the healing process but in excess can cause pain or damage.
2. Joint Lubrication: Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in joints, where it helps retain moisture in the connective tissue between bones. This allows the tissue to bend and move more easily and creates less wear from friction. It also prevents the bones from grinding against each other painfully. Supplements of HA are commonly used by people suffering from osteoarthritis, and studies have indicated its effectiveness in reducing knee pain from OA.