Last Modified on Mar 24, 2014
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has become a popular supplement used to treat many ailments, and hyaluronic acid benefits include use for arthritis, joint pain, osteoarthritis, and damaged tissue. It is also widely used in skin care products for its ability to rejuvenate the skin! Hyaluronic acid contains hyaluronan, a substance that occurs naturally in the body. For osteoarthritis, where the joints lack the fluid for sufficient lubrication, Hyaluronic acid injections are made directly into joints for temporary relief from pain.
Hyaluronic acid interacts with molecules that cause inflammation, thus negating their effects. Hyaluronan molecules travel throughout the body, taking nutrients from the food we eat and transporting it to the cells that need them via our extracellular fluid.
Below you will read testimonials from our readers about the benefits and also side effects of hyaluronic acid.
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[YEA] 10/22/2013: Jeanne from Victoria, Bc; Canada: "For the most efffective hyaluronic acid, at the most reasonable prices, check out iherb.com and look at the reviews for Hyaluronic acid 100 mg. Just one or two a day has helped hundreds of arthritic people, with no powders to mix. I personally have noticed a huge difference to my severe hip arthritis since adding that to my supplements when glucosamine wasn't enough. I also take the HA from a company which is derived from Collagen type 2, which will surprise you with the added bonus of mosre beautiful skin along with lessening the pain tremendously."
Degenerative Disc Disease
[NAY] 06/03/2013: Bily from Bitola,Macedonia: "Hi to all, having degenerative disc disease (ddd) in my neck c5-c6 along time, I'm 35 and really disappointed. I was on Hyaluronic Acid for about a month, but nothing so far, now I'm giving up, I don't know if I was doing something wrong, maybe one thing. I was not making the remedy in a distilled water, it was regular store bottle, so to be honest I'm getting a litlle bit suspicius about this purebulk site! And will ask for answers from the supplier next time I buy HA, but from another source."Replies
06/03/2013: Anrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "Hi Billy, The thing is, when you're unwell, it's taken years to put you where you are. A month may not be long enough to cure your ailments. Some folks get a 24 hour reduction...I am not one of them. Do not disappear, I am trying lots of remedies on E/C......BUT........you have to give it time. We all hope it will work overnight, but some illnesses, from person to person, take longer. Believe me, I bought everything and spent days crying. I am NOT buying into doctors! They are crap!!!! Do it at your own pace, a little, with a build up, is better than reading a post, and praying it will help. We are all different, what suits one person may not be the answer, ... Don't give up!You will find what you need on here xxxxx Have its just a matter of trying."
[YEA] 02/03/2014: Mary from Nj replies: "Degenerated disks can be COMPLETELY regenerated with laser light therapy. Yes....completely. But no doctor is going to tell you that. Doctors who use it are mostly Chiropractors. So look up laser light therapy for disks. Laser light therapy is fast, convenient, and comfortable. It also cures Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (wrist problems - no surgery required! ) Also MRIs show degenerated disks (not x-rays) and are more complete and safer than CT Scans because it is magnetic versus radioactive. (CT Scans can miss things and they are not that more less expensive than MRIs so I would go for MRIs - I would insist! Even if I have to pay out of pocket)"
02/03/2014: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "Before giving up on Hyaluronic Acid, I would have tried the HA that comes with collagen. Ted has recommended the HA given to horses. I am not familiar with HA suppliers so only know about the Biocell product. I know other older HA products that are useless.
Many HA brands use the Biocell version. It does work. I had my neighbor down the street try it last month and he is now free from herniated disc pain. He's older so the cause tends to be deficiency of HA.
Being much younger, that may not be the cause but I'd make sure by trying another HA like Biocell. Just make sure you take it on empty stomach and don't ingest other proteins until 45 minutes afterwards.Take 300 grams if HA (usually 6 tablets) for at least two weeks and see if there is improvement. If not then you can move on.
If that doesn't work then try other things like comfrey packs. Maybe it is caused by infection. Think outside the box.
Thanks for the information on the laser. The only drawback is the underlying cause may not get addressed so just something to be aware of.
Health Benefits of K-Laser Class 4 Laser Therapy
02/04/2014: Happy from Up The Creek In Wv, Usa replies: "Billy--
your problem is that you are using a biologically in-active grade of hyaluron. the chinese genetically modified hyaluron from purebulk is inert, is useless. [I know; I bot $100 of it.] find a good brand of hyaluron somewhere and take that; you will probably start seeing some results in 3 days time.
also;these will help create cartilidge:
add a copper supplement to the diet; 2 mg. per day.
you must balance the copper with 15 mg. zinc per day ..... take the copper & zinc at different meals .... not together.
add 5, 000 mg ascorbic acid, per day,
don't take any supplement with molybdenum in it.
add chicken cartilidge type 2, .... 20 mg X 2t/d"
Dissolving Hyaluronic Acid
02/23/2013: Donna from Pleasant Shade, Tennessee, Usa: "I got my HA powder online in bulk and followed the directions in our spring water in my bottle of 16.9 oz cold fridge water. Over night it still didn't disolve and no indication of doing so in a new batch this morning. I shake it regularly and it still is a little gooey mess on in the bottles. HELP!!!!!!!! THANKS DONNA"Replies
02/23/2013: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "I was unable to get my HA to dissolve after refrigerating it overnight, with shaking. (I used (5) 100mg. pills) So the following morning I put it in my blender on high and it became completely disbursed."
11/17/2012: Tom from Canton, Ohio, USA: "This one's for "Ted". Ted most of your advice on treatments seem to be based on a 150 pound man. I'm 300 pounds. If I were talking Hyaloronic Acid, would I require more than someone that is 150 pounds? Also are most herbs to be taken dependant on body weight?"
08/30/2012: Art from Tustin, Ca. USA: "I would like to comment on my experience with hyaluronic acid (HA). I first tried a common and popular brand of HA to see if it would help with joint comfort of my back as I had previously been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and arthritis. I used their "double strength" version which contains 100mg of HA in each capsule among other things.
These particular capsules contain the following:Supplement Facts -- Serving Size 1 cap
Amount Per Serving Daily ValueSodium (from Sodium Hyaluronate) Hyaluronic Acid (from Sodium Hyaluronate) L-Proline [Pharmaceutical Grade (USP)]Alpha Lipoic Acid Grape Seed Extract (Vitis vinifera) (Standardized to min. 90% Total Polyphenols)
I took three of these spread throughout the day and noticed good benefit within one week. That works out to 300mg of HA per day. I was happy with the results, but it was a bit expensive as I was paying almost $20 for a bottle of 60 capsules which lasted only twenty days. I stopped taking them after going through 5 bottles to see if the effect would be lasting. It wasn't!
I then decided to try Ted's mix as it was cheaper to take, though not as convenient as the capsules. With the electronic scale I use, it seemed to take just over 1/2 teaspoon of the HA to get the required 500mg assuming that my scale is reasonably accurate. I added the sea salt and started taking that mix three times per day on an empty stomach after the mixing process.
This mix took about two full weeks before I started noticing any benefit and I did not feel the benefit was a good as with the capsules. One bottle of mix would last me about two and a half days as I was taking a full shot glass for each serving. I have since increased the mix to 3/4 of a teaspoon per bottle and this seems to have added to the benefit of the mix to the point that I now feel that it has a similar effect as the capsules.
Although I am using more HA per mix, it (bulk HA powder) is still significantly cheaper than the capsules. The consistency of the mix is "very slightly thicker than water", possibly like the consistency of low fat or non fat milk. I just recently noticed that _____ offers a 120 capsule bottle for about $25, so my current thinking is that I may use both. The capsules when I am away from home or run out of the liquid, and the liquid for when I am able to make it and take it at home. The other thing I am thinking is that with the capsules, I probably could have cut down on the dose of 3 caps per day after the first week or two... possibly only one or two per day to maintain the benefit. The thing is, I am a little afraid to try and cutback on the amount of HA I put in the mix or consume as I like the benefit and would hate to lose the benefit, even temporarily! Any suggestions or thoughts?
02/17/2013: Shane from Pine Lodge, Victoria replies: "Hi Art, or Ted may help with this question...
Can l ask how you mix the Hyaluronic Acid? (purchased through purebulk). eg 500mg HA -6c1829 9grams Sea Salt and 500ml water. The reason l ask is that when l mix it with water and salt, it goes like a cloud in the water, and l shake the living hell out of the bottle but not all of it gets dissolved if that makes sense to you? just thought l might be doing something wrong. I look forward to your advise."
02/19/2013: Art from Tustin, Ca.usa replies: "In reply to Victoria: I used to put the salt and HA in the bottle of water and shake for about thirty seconds and then put it in the refrigerator. I would shake the bottle about every two hours for about thirty seconds each time, at least a total of four times. I usually left the bottle overnight before starting to use it. I always shook before using and the consistency was even, not lumpy or clumpy. I would take a shot glass per serving on an empty stomach and it seemed like the bottle would last about 2 to 3 days.
I just take capsules now because it is more convenient than mixing the liquid and seems at least as effective as the liquid.
06/14/2012: Nomi from New Haven, Ct, Usa: "Hi. My first time here; just registered. Would like to ask a question about people's experiences with different Hyaluronic Acid brands, but don't quite see how except for this form? This would be my question: I am currently taking Purity Products Ultimate H.A. Which has worked very well for me for knee pain. But it is expensive. I am wondering who has had success with Purity Products H.A. , and then also had success with a less expensive brand. Thanks, Nomi"Replies
08/19/2012: Kibble from Punta Gorda, Fl Usa replies: "I've tried the Hyaluronic acid. I use ___ 100mg liquid, 16oz. I have a bad hip which causes knee pain because of the way I walk. I also have arthritis. The ortho suggested a new shot you get 3 of for 3 weeks or something.... Very expensive. When I looked it up, it contains hyaluronic acid, so I decided I would just try that first. After 2 tbs. daily, for only a week, my knee felt a little better, but I was very surprised that the pain in my shoulders was almost gone and I had more mobility of my arms. I'm on a very tight budget and was not able to afford it the following month, but I'm back on it now.. Its about $23 for the 16 oz bottle (about 30 tbs) from my local Vitamin and health food store."
[YEA] 01/05/2012: Kate from Maidenhead, Berkshire, England: "I forgot to mention that after 7 days of taking HA 3 x 50mg a day, my tennis elbow and sciatica pains have gone. I knocked my left knee on a porcelain tile, I had excruciating pain, I'm glad to report the sweling and the pain have gone. This is a brilliant ingredient. I just want to get my bald hair patches filled in with new hair. I know Rome was not built in a day but Earth Clinic members.... Do any of you have information on how long was it before you could see positive changes to new hair growth? Thanks"Replies
06/09/2012: Paul from Tornot, Ontario, canada replies: "Are you sure it just wasn't time that let the piniform muscle relax and ease up on the pressure on the sciatic nerve? I read about a woman who ate ginger slices for 3 weeks and voila, her sciatica settled down."
09/26/2012: Kate from Maidenhead, Uk replies: "Paul - I got off the HA tablets and the horrid tennis elbow pain returned with a vengence, which goes to explain HA has been useful for my ailment. My mother suffered from back pain, she too took HA tablets, her pain has subsided a fair bit."
01/03/2012: Kate from Maidenhead, Berkshire, England: "Hi Alfred - How long was it before your bald patches were filled up with new hair? I've been taking 3 x 50mg Hyaluronic Acid tablets for the past 6 days, I've not seen any improvement apart from smooth facial skin. Please help me? I'm fast losing my hair. Thanks Kate."Replies
04/06/2012: Rachn from Sydney, Nsw replies: "Hi, I don't know if anybody has answered your question yet, but all vitamins take at least 3 months before you see or notice any change. So just keep taking it."
09/26/2012: Kate from Maidenhead, Uk replies: "Rachn - I have managed to regrow new hair around my bald patches by first of all going on an anti-candida diet for 6 weeks, after which I slowly introduced normal foods in to my diet. I have also been on a high iron diet which has further helped my hair growth. You are absolutely right, my tablets have taken 3 months to take effect."
01/01/2012: Rubi from Clint, Texas, United States: "Hello, I have been on this site reading several threads in regards to Hyaluronic Acid. One user mentioned that she purchased the brand Source Naturals bottle titled "Hyaluronic Joint Complex" with glucosamine, chondroitin, and msm. So, I looked for it in stores and found it for 45 dollars. I ordered it online instead for half the price. I took the pill as directed for 2 days and it upset my stomach a bit. Nonetheless I kept taking it and then I decided to do the "Ted's pill test" that I had seen mentioned on one of those threads.
This is what I did: got a cup filled it halfway with tap water and dropped the pill in. I kept a timer for 15 minutes and saw that the pill had not yet begun to dissolve at all. I left it there for another 30 minutes and finally it looked soggy but I had to get a spoon to break it up because it was still hard in some places. My question is: Is this normal for this pill to take nearly 45 minutes to dissolve?
Also, is this pill supposed to be taken with food?
Finally my last question: Can I crush the pill and take it with water? Will it still work its effects this way?
01/02/2012: Sue from Fairfax, Va Usa replies: "This reply is about the pill-dissolving test in general. Your stomach acid is more acidic than lemon juice, so my question is, how can testing with water be relevant?"
01/04/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Rubi, be aware that a lot of supplements nowadays are not what they are supposed to be! Supplements have become a big industry and a lot of people are just out to make money! It doesn't matter where you buy them.... Many times health food stores know nothing about what they are selling. To give you an example: awhile ago I bought Chlorella in what a consider a very good shop in Cardiff, Wales. Since then I read in a book that Chlorella is very good because it is the plant with the highest rate of Chlorophyl. Yesterday my husband, who is a chemist, was reading the contents and told me that the content of Chlorophyl in there is very low. So there you go........ But I am sure that we paid as if it was the real thing! Then people wonder why their supplements do nothing for them.... And governments tell you that they don't! How can they, if more often than not they are adulterated?"
09/13/2011: John from Singapore: "Regarding Ted & Alfred's recommendation of Hyaluronic Acid supplements, are there any concerns that HA may promote breast & colon tumors?
Thanks for any advice, John"
08/23/2011: Enrique from Stockton, Ca: "TEDS RECIPE CALLS FOR 500 MG OF HYARULONIC ACID I ORDERED A PACKAGE OF THIS FROM PUREBULK BUT I ONLY RECEIVED A 100MG PACKAGE AND I NEED TO KNOW THE CORRECT MEASUREMENTS FOR THIS AMOUNT"Replies
03/20/2012: Mish from New York replies: "Which of the powders is recommended from the purebulk site is the one to take for Teds recipe for degenerative disease?"
02/23/2013: Donna from Pleasant Shade, Tennessee, Usa replies: "On the back of the packet I bought is a list of mg. I called the company and the girl told me that the dose Ted gave could be measured by 2 rounded 1/8th teaspoons. That would affect the recipe protocol. Blessings, Donna"
03/10/2011: Alfred from Rangsit, Bangkok, Thailand: "Noticed your note about how to get Purity products to Australia.. My son lives in San Diego.. Purity sends to him.. He forwards to me in Thailand. I have them send as candy.. If sent as vitamins.. Duty very high.. Always come thru smooth.. No challenges. stuff still works well for me..Alfred"Replies
09/25/2011: Bev from Long Beach, Ca replies: "Alfred... Missing your updates on HA."
03/01/2011: Claudia from Kansas City, Kansas: "Does anyone know if the salt in the HA recipe would make congestive heart failure worse? Using borax in the bath caused all the fluid build up in legs to drain out which was fantastic! but the HA/sea salt/water mixture is bringing all the fluid back."Replies
[YEA] 03/01/2011: Carolyn from Capitan, Nm replies: "My husband was told by his Doctor that his incredable pain in his back was because his disks were degenerating. Surgery was the only option they left him with. I learned about hyaluronic acid right here on this site. I made it for him and in about a week his pain was gone. He's a bad boy and only took it for a few weeks and because his pain is gone he has quit taking it. I also made it for an friend with bad knees and he had a very good result. He has cancelled plans for a knee replacement."
05/01/2011: Crabside19 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "hi carolyn -- how did you make it for him? if you wouldn't mind filling in. Thnx. Farah"
02/20/2011: Earthgirl from Cairns, Australia: "I read with interest Alfred's take on HA, and I want to buy the same brand he does, since he has had such great success with it. This is purity products, however they don't ship to Australia. Does anyone know how I could get purity products over here? Any replies much appreciated."Replies
02/22/2011: Labgrl from Pittsburg, Pa replies: "earthgirl, a product with HYALURONIC ACID is available in Australia (products) - tiger1mom(at)verizon(dot)net"
02/27/2011: Earthgirl from Cairns, Australia replies: "Hi Labgrl, I am looking for HA capsules or tablets. Also, could you tell me the company name of those you suggest please?"
10/24/2012: Hbib-bangladesh from Melbourne, Vic replies: "Hi Alfred, I am very much impressed reading your feedback abt hyaluronic Acid. I suffering from back pain and leg numbness since seven yrs, I am now 38. Not able to work and very hard usual life. doctor said liquid has been dried from disk and disk bulge.
in this case do u suggest to take hyaluronic acid. if then which you prefer pills or liquid? aslo pls suggest me from where I can buy original natuarl HA.
waiting for your reply.
thanks very much, Habib-Melbourne"
09/10/2010: Lisa from Lafayette, La: "This question is for Ted: Ted, can you please clarify for me the proper molecular weight HA to take for optimal performance? So many manufacturers seem to brag that their HA is High molecular weight, yet I've been led to believe that low molecular weight is best for internal consumption. The HA I am currently using has a mw of 1,380,000. Is this good enough? I don't want to waste hard earned money on the wrong thing. Please explain at your earliest opportunity. Thanks so much."