The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis affects nearly 27 million people in the United States. In an effort to ease osteoarthritis-related pain, some patients turn to supplements containing hyaluronic acid. A substance found naturally in your body's connective tissues, hyaluronic acid is thought to help treat osteoarthritis in part by keeping your joints well-lubricated.
Although research on the health effects of hyaluronic acid is fairly limited, some preliminary studies show that hyaluronic acid supplements may help fight the inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis. There's also some evidence that hyaluronic acid may help protect against the breakdown of cartilage in osteoarthritis patients.
Natural remedies like glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and avocado/soybean unsaponifiables may also help manage osteoarthritis. In addition, practicing yoga, taking up tai chi, and/or undergoing acupuncture may help tame arthritis pain...Read the article: Hyaluronic Acid - What You Need to Know.