“Hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced by the human body and a popular additive in cosmetics that boast plumper skin, may be a useful tool in treating neuroinflammation.”
This clear, gooey substance, which is naturally produced by the human body, has been popularized by cosmetic and skin care products that promote healthier, plumper and more supple skin. Also recognized for its abilities to speed up wound healing, reduce joint pain from osteoarthritis, and relieve dry eye and discomfort, a neuroscientist at Florida Atlantic University’s Brain Institute (I-BRAIN) and Schmidt College of Medicine, has discovered a novel mechanism and role in the brain for hyaluronic acid.
“To prevent the inflammation from being intensified in the brain, you have to stop the communication between the two cell types,” said Xiaoyu Liu, Ph.D., another corresponding author of the study in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine and I-BRAIN. “We found ascorbyl palmitate, also known as ‘Vitamin C Ester,’ to be quite effective in inhibiting microglia and reducing the production of inflammatory hyaluronic acid.”
In the past, Vitamin C Ester has been widely used as a source of vitamin C and an antioxidant food additive. Now, this latest discovery suggests a novel function of Vitamin C Ester: treating central nervous system inflammation.
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