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Is hyaluronic acid helpful for osteoarthritis?

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Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of cartilage and joint fluid. Some research suggests that hyaluronic acid supplements may be helpful for people with severe pain from knee osteoarthritis, and for people with knee osteoarthritis who are also overweight - although the evidence is limited to just a few small studies and not all have found a benefit. Be aware that hyaluronic acid is sometimes added to joint health supplements in amounts too small to have an effect, so if you want to try it, be sure your supplement provides an amount used in clinical studies. For more details, see the Review of Supplements for Joint Health >>

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COMMENTS

Roelof8673   May 4, 2016
10 years ago, I suffered from a bad knee: a MRI scan showed severe Arthritis. I had a lot of pain.
Since I lived in China at that time, I went to the hospital for accupuncture and massage, which gave me some relief.
By exploring the internet, I also read an article about Hyaluronic Acid which was not very clear concerning results. But this article made me remember my time in Italy when we had horses. One of the horses had a knee problem and after Hyaluronic Acid injections the horse was doing much better. A horse cannot fake improvement, so, I thought if it works for my horse, than it should work with me too.
The Chinese doctor was willing to give me a series of 7 injections in seven days (very cheap in China!) and my knee did not hurt anymore! The doctor told me that I probably would come back after 6-8 months, but only now, after 10 years, the knee starts to hurt again. I will go for a repeat treatment.

Ellen8434   February 11, 2016
I have seen a big reduction in joint pain since I switched to a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM combination that also included Hyaluronic Acid (100mg). My knees, thumb, and elbow do not hurt anymore!

dick11115   July 30, 2016
I have not been able to find a product that has the hyaluronic acid; who makes it?

ConsumerLab.com   August 2, 2016
Hi Dick - You can find products which contain hyaluronic acid in the Joint Health Supplements Review; this information is noted in the seventh column of the results table: https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/_/jointsupplements/#results.


ConsumerLab.com   August 2, 2016
Hi Dick - You can find products which contain hyaluronic acid in the Joint Health Supplements Review; this information is noted in the seventh column of the results table: https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/_/jointsupplements/#results.


Lois 13991   May 6, 2017
i take Baxyl which is a gel taken by mouth. It is a fabulous product for me and I really notice if I forget to take it. It is just straight hyaluronic acid..


Judith6870   July 19, 2015
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01376024

I have had hyaluronic Injections in both thumbs and have been pain free for 10 years after debilitating basal I joint arthrosis took me off work. I am part of the study above and my doctor was Dr. Rosenwasser.

Jacob7969   September 24, 2015
Thank you for sharing your experience. Pleased to learn that hyaluroic acid has lasting positive effects on your thumbs. Do you need to cintinue taking supplements with hyaluronic acid?


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