Oral Absorbation of Hyaluronic Acid


Hyaluronic Acid – General

  • Synovial fluid has the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid (HA) anywhere in the body (3-4 mg/ml) – Balazs et al[1]
  • The viscosity of synovial fluid is attributed to HA resulting in a coefficient of friction of nearly zero in joint cartilage – Seror et al[2]
  • Patients with osteoarthritis have diminished concentrations of HA in their synovial fluid
  • The functions of HA in the joints includes

◊ Protecting the outer layer of cartilage – Ghosh et al[3] , Schiavinato et al[4]

◊ Blocking synovial inflammation – Frizziero et al[5] , Pasquali et al[6]

◊ Increasing chondrocyte density – Guidolin et al[7]

◊ Promoting synovium metabolism – Maniwa et al[8]

◊ Normalizing synovial fluid – Asari et al[9]

◊ Treating sharp pain – Day et al[10]

Therefore, there is extensive scientific support confirming HA has a strong relationship with knee joint health.

Oral Absorption Of Hyaluronic Acid

    • Study examining the absorption, distribution and excretion of 99m technetium labeled HA (1,000,000 MW) after a single oral administration in Wistar rats and Beagle dogs – Balogh et al[11]

      ◊ 13.3% of the oral dose was absorbed and taken up in joints and connective tissue

      ◊ Scintigraphy scan of the dog chest showing distribution of hyaluronic acid in the joints, bones and salivary glands two hours after administration

      ◊ Scintigraphic scan of rat chest showing distribution in joints, bones, muscles and salivary glands 4 hours after administration

      Mechanism Of Oral Hyaluronic Acid Treatment for Knee Pain

      • By decreasing the levels of inflammatory substances such as PGE2 HA reduces pain – Santangelo et al [12] , Ikeda et al [13]
      • Oral HA binds to an intestinal receptor (TLR-4), this results in anti-inflammation in arthritis by:

          ◊ Enhancing the production of the IL-10 an anti-inflammatory cytokine

          ◊ Up regulates suppressor of SOCS3 cytokine expression and down regulates an inflammatory cytokine pleiotrophin

          • These results indicate that HA absorption in the intestine contributes to reduced inflammation in arthritis – Asari et al[14]
          • An analysis of serum and synovial fluid in a controlled clinical study illustrates that:

          ◊ Inflammatory cytokine levels were significantly increased in the placebo group (p<0.05) and significantly reduced in the HA group (P<0.05)

          ◊ Bradykinin, which relates to inflammation and pain, and leptin, which is related to osteoarthritis caused by obesity, the levels of both substances were significantly lower in the HA group than the placebo group (P<0.05)

          • This study demonstrates that the oral intake of HA is beneficial in treating osteoarthritis – Nelson et al[15]

          Use Of Oral Hyaluronic Acid In Horses

              • “Serum Hyaluronic Acid levels in Horses after Oral and Intravenous Administration” – Pierce DVM

              10 horses divided into 3 groups

              - Oral group received 100 mg of HA daily for 7 days
                - Intravenous group received 40 mg of HA once on day 1
                  - Control group no treatment

                      ◊ Baseline blood samples taken at the beginning of the study

                      ◊ Daily blood samples taken for 7 days

                      ◊ Results

                      ◦ Oral group

                      - Oral HA group had the highest level of serum HA

                      - Oral HA group was the only group to have a substantial increase in serum HA on day 7

                        ◦ Intravenous group

                        - had a slight elevation in HA on day 4

                          ◦ Control group

                          - had constant levels for 7 days

                              • A controlled study provides objective evidence that oral HA reduces joint effusion post operatively following arthroscopic surgery – Bergin et alBergin et al[16]

                                  ◊ 48 yearlings divided into 2 groups, 100 mg of HA daily and control

                                  ◊ HA significantly reduced joint swelling compared to no treatment

                                    • Data from a study using orally administered HA was presented at a 2003 meeting of the Matrix Biology Institute

                                        ◊ 100 mg of hyaluronic acid administered orally daily

                                        ◊ There was a reduced number of times veterinarians were asked to examine racing thoroughbreds for lameness

                                        LITERATURE CITED

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