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contain hyaluronic acid?
I take HA supplements?
associated with elevated HA Levels
acid section mentions that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) might be bad for
hyaluronic acid. Is vitamin C good to take or not?
What foods contain hyaluronic
I have found very little information on this myself, though I am aware
of two possible sources. The first was mentioned in a segment from ABC
news about a hyaluronic acid consumption in a village in Japan . In the
20/20 segment, "The Village of Long Life: Could Hyaluronic Acid Be
an Anti-Aging Remedy?" the town doctor attributed the villager's
long lives to "starchy root vegetables"-- satsumaimo, a type
of sweet potato; satoimo, a sticky white potato; konyaku, a gelatinous
root vegetable concoction; and imoji, a potato root. The doctor believes
"these locally grown starches help stimulate the body’s natural creation
of a substance called hyaluronic acid, or HA, which aging bodies typically
lose. This may ward off the aging process by helping the cells of the
body thrive and retain moisture, keeping joints lubricated, protecting
the retina in eyes and keeping skin smooth and elastic. 'I
have never seen anyone suffer from skin cancer here, ' he says. 'I have
seen a woman in her 90s with spotless skin.' ”
I have never read
anything else about these vegetables stimulating hyaluronic acid per se,
but root vegetables do tend to have high amounts of magnesium, so it would
seem plausible that this could be true. Recent research shows that root
vegetable consumptions may also reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
The second source
of hyaluronic acid I can think of would be to eat animal parts known to
contain a lot of hyaluronic acid. I make broth for soup from boiled animal
parts that contain a lot of skin, tendons and joints. This is the one
food that helped my fibromyalgia more than anything else. I've also noticed
that if I eat too much of this broth my blood pressure rises, which is
interesting because people like me with connective tissue disorders usually
have unusually low blood pressure. It also seems to improve my breathing.
My kids don't like to eat a lot of soup, so I make a nutritious broth
from bones and vegetables for them and use it instead of water when I
make rice, a food they do like.
Bone Broth in Modern Health and Disease
soup is medicine, U.S. scientists confirm - One of the ways that bacteria
enter the body is by breaking through the hyaluronic acid barrier. So
perhaps this is one of the reasons chicken soup really does work against
infections and colds. Maybe the hyaluronic acid in the broth prevents
bacteria and viruses from invading the body. My kids like Campbell's healthy
Request Chicken Noodle Soup, so I give that to them whenever they are
sick and most of the time they start to feel better right away.
See my section
on "What Helped Me - Diet Changes"
for the dietary changes that helped my family's connective tissue disorder
Should I take HA supplements?
You should check
with your doctor before taking HA or any other supplements.
a number of questions on hyaluronic acid and breast cancer. To
see all of the study abstracts linking these conditions, go to PubMed,
hyaluronic acid breast cancer
in the search box.
In particular, check out this
abstract, from cancer researchers at the University of California San
environment often correlate with tumor progression, and may be one
mechanism for the invasive behavior of malignancies. Eradication of hyaluronan
by hyaluronidase administration could reduce tumor aggressiveness and
would provide, therefore, a new anti-cancer strategy."
For information on hyaluronidase
(an enzyme that breaks down HA) and hyaluronic acid, check
out my MVP page.
Women with too low of estrogen
levels are at higher risk for conditions like fractures, osteoporosis
and a lack of menstruation. Women with high levels of estrogen tend to
have increased risks of blood clots, high bone density, high blood pressure
and breast cancer. It's not that estrogen is good or bad, it's just that
both unusually high levels and unusually low levels are linked to a variety
of adverse (and interestingly inverse) health conditions. Perhaps the
same may be true for hyaluronic acid.
HA and Other forms of Cancer
In a paper on hyaluronic acid
and colon cancer, researchers wrote that "Hyaluronan
(HA) is a cell-surface glycosaminoglycan that has been implicated in cancer
progression......These data suggest that HA promotes adhesion to laminin
and may thereby facilitate invasion of the basement membrane and metastasis
in colon carcinoma."
In another study, researchers
found that, "Hyaluronan a high-molecular weight glycosaminoglycan,
is considered to be
involved in the growth and progression of malignant tumours."
I've read a lot of articles about the benefits of large quantities
of vitamin C. Your hyaluronic acid section mentions that ascorbic acid
(vitamin C) might be bad for hyaluronic
acid. Is vitamin C good to take or not?
Answer: I personally
have not had good experiences with taking large supplemental doses of
any single nutrient. Every nutrient in the human body has a multitude
of co-factors that need to be consumed in balanced amounts for good health,
so taking a single supplement may solve one deficiency and then create
more problems by triggering co-factor deficiencies.
Vitamin C is a nutrient your
body needs in the right amounts. If you don't consume any vitamin
C, sooner or later you will develop scurvy, like sailors used to who went
on long sea voyages. (British sailors were named "Limies" because
of the limes they would take on their voyages to prevent scurvy.) Yet,
too much vitamin C, as with too much of any nutrient, can be toxic. Large
doses of vitamin C may lower other nutrient levels including vitamin B12,
copper and selenium blood levels
I do note a study in my hyaluronic
acid section that found that ascorbic acid can degrade hyaluronic
acid. But this isn't necessarily bad, in fact for some people, this maybe
good thing. While insufficient defective hyaluronic acid isn't ideal,
too much HA may not be so great either. High levels of hyaluonic acid
have been linked to different types of of cancers, including breast
cancer, in a variety of different studies. Interestingly, vitamin
C is often mentioned as being beneficial for breast and other cancers.
Think of it this way: Your
body needs a variety of ingredients in the right proportions to function,
just like you need a variety of ingredients to make a cake. If you are
making a cake and you are short on eggs, it's okay to add more eggs, up
to a certain amount. If you are not short on eggs, then just adding more
eggs is going to ruin your cake. If you are short on flour but not eggs,
but you keep adding more eggs but no extra flour, you are really going
to end up with a mess.
It's the same basic principle
with your body, only on a larger and much more complex scale. Some people
might have defective collagen because they are short on vitamin C. For
those people, getting extra vitamin C in their diets would probably be
good. But taking massive doses of vitamin C, especially if a person isn't
deficient in vitamin C to begin with, probably isn't a good thing.
If you are concerned you may
have a vitamin C deficiency or any other nutritional deficiency, see my
sections on Holistic Doctors and
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