Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan
compound, an alternating chain of the monosaccharide glucosamine
confirmation, like all amino sugar
s in the body) and alderonic acid
, present in all glycosamines. It is used in synovial fluid
, a joint lubricator, and cartilage
. An absence of hyaluronic acid in the body can cause significant joint problems.
Excalibre kindly informed me of an additional use for hyaluronic acid. It's apparently a trendy ingredient for those oh-so-multitudinous moisturizers saturating the market. Yet another wonder chemical? Not really. It does little beyond basic moisturization.