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What is hyaluronic acid?

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Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate, a mucopolysaccharide naturally present throughout the body. It has a chemical structure of glycosaminoglycan and binds with water to form a viscous gel. The major function of hyaluronic acid is to lubricate the muscles and joints.

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As the human body ages, there is a decrease in the viscosity of the joint fluids and in the elasticity of the skin. Hyaluronic acid maintains joint cushioning and prevents wrinkles in the skin. The large molecules of hyaluronic acid make it viscous when mixed with water, fighting against the compression of the joints and enhancing the skin's elasticity.

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