Nutra-Lift Injuv Hyaluronic Acid 90 gel caps
When TIA asked me if I wanted to test Nutra-Lift’s Injuv Hyaluronic Acid supplements ($36), I thought, “why not?” I tried HA supplements a few years back without really noticing any changes, so I figured I’d give it another try. Nutra-Lift’s website claims that its supplements are the only low-molecular-weight hyaluronic supplement with “clinically proven absorptive capabilities.” Supposed benefits of oral HA include improvements in skin, hair, and vision. There are a few difficulties though. The main difficulty with this supplement, as is with all supplements, is that there aren’t a lot of independent studies to back up these claims. There are also the issues of supplement bioavailability and not being able to gauge if the product is working or not.

Just as I imagined, it was difficult to find any studies related to the benefits of oral hyaluronic acid on the skin. The articles I did find mostly focused on absorption of low-molecular-weight HA vs high-molecular-weight HA and its therapeutic benefits to people with joint problems.

I did stumble upon a more convincing German study, however, which found that taking Pycnogenol “significantly improved hydration and elasticity of skin.” This study also found that Pycnogenol produced “a significant increase in the mRNA expression of hyaluronic acid synthase-1 (HAS-1), an enzyme critically involved in the synthesis of hyaluronic acid.”

I was starting to become bewildered and on more than one occasion asked myself, “why couldn’t TIA just send me a cream to test?” Topical products are so much more tangible and easier to test, I thought.

Well, now I’m grateful because Nutra-Lift’s HA supplement seems to be living up to its claims. The winter of 2012/2013 will be remembered as the winter of itch. The worst I’ve ever known. There were actually moments I was in desperate search of relief and tried a variety of treatments. I tried coating myself in lactic acid lotion, coconut oil, oatmeal baths, and using a humidifier (burned it out, by the way!). I even tried taking cool showers and only soaping the important areas. None of these efforts presented relief.

But after a couple of weeks on Nutra-Lift’s hyaluronic acid, my winter itch was mostly a memory; the dry, scaly, raw patches of skin plaguing my upper arms and shoulders have disappeared, and I even perceive my hair to be in better condition. The skeptic in me wondered: was I experiencing a placebo effect?

To put that fear to rest I tried stopping the HA for a week. After a day, the itchy, dry symptoms of winter itch started to come back. Even the dry patches on my shoulders and arms seemed to be making a comeback. I didn’t make it through the fourth day before adding the hyaluronic acid back into my routine. I’m still not sure how or why it’s working for me, but I plan to keep Nutra-Lift’s HA as a permanent addition to my daily supplements.

Because there is no FDA study on HA, no oral daily dosage has been established. Nutra-Lift’s instructions state to use it two times a day and so that’s what I trusted to take. The pills themselves are gel caps, easy to swallow, and come 90 to a bottle, which should last approximately a month and a half. If you’re not finding dry skin relief by other means, I say give Nutra-Lift’s hyaluronic acid supplement a shot. It can’t hurt and you might be surprised.

Ingredients: Rice Bran Oil, Gelatin, Injuv, Natural Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Purified Water, Yellow Beeswax, Titanium Dioxide