Dietary Hyaluronic Acid Migrates into the Skin of Rats, 2014

Topics: Orally HA, HA supplement

Authors: Mariko Oe, Koichi Mitsugi, Wataru Odanaka, Hideto Yoshida, Ryosuke Matsuoka, Satoshi Seino, Tomoyuki Kanemitsu, and Yasunobu Masuda


Hyaluronic acid is a constituent of the skin and helps to maintain hydration.The oral intake of hyaluronic acid increases water in the horny layer as demonstrated by human trials, but in vivo kinetics has not been shown. ‘is study con(rmed the absorption, migration, and excretion of 14C-labeled hyaluronic acid (14C-hyaluronic acid). 14C-hyaluronic acid was orally or intravenously administered to male SD rats aged ) 7 to 8 weeks. Plasma radioactivity after oral administration showed the highest level 8 hours after administration, and orally administered 14C-hyaluronic acid was found in the blood. Approximately 90% of 14C-hyaluronic acid was absorbed from the digestive tract and used as an energy source or a structural constituent of tissues based on tests of the urine, feces, expired air, and cadaver up to 168 hours (one week) after administration. The autoradiographic results suggested that radioactivity was distributed systematically and then reduced over time. The radioactivity was higher in the skin than in the blood at 24 and 96 hours after administration. The results showthe possibility that orally administered hyaluronic acid migrated into the skin. No excessive accumulation was observed and more than 90% of the hyaluronic acid was excreted in expired air or urine.

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