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Growing up our father always wore eye glasses. Last year during the holidays as the family was sitting around the dinner table we all noticed that Dad was not wearing glasses... in fact, we realized that none of us had seen him in eye glasses for quite some time. None of us had recalled hearing anything about lasik eye surgery, or any mention of him wearing contacts. When we asked him where his glasses were he laughed and replied that he had not worn them in 10 years! How could this be possible? How does a 67-year-old man’s eyesight improve as he ages?! His answer, to our disbelief, was not what we were expecting to hear - Hyaluronic Acid
About 10 years ago Dad started taking hyaluronic acid gel tablets as a part of his daily vitamin routine. Over the years he switched over to a multi-vitamin, but kept a few tablets that were not included in that One-a-Day vitamin. One of those tablets was, well... you guessed it - hyaluronic acid. After about two years Dad said he began to notice that his vision, while wearing eye glasses, was getting blurry. He went in for his annual eye exam and sat down to do the eye test for a new prescription. To the surprise of his optometrist and himself, his vision had improved - not worsened. After a conversation with his optometrist about routine diet and exercise the two concluded that it must be something in the vitamin supplements that he was taking. Dad returned home later that day and went straight to Google to do some research. It did not take him long to stumble across articles detailing the miracles of hyaluronic acid as an anti-aging remedy, and many stories about a small village about two hours outside Tokyo called Yuzuri Hara, “The Village of Long Life.”
In 2012, ABC’s 20/20 show, featuring Connie Chung ran a special on The Village of Long Life, "Could hyaluronic acid Be an Anti-Aging Remedy?
The following is a synopsis of ABC’s Connie Chung The Miracle of Hyaluronic Acid:
The fountain of youth could be in the Japanese village of Yuzuri Hara where people routinely live well into their 90s, never sick a day in their lives. Cancer, Alzheimer's, even wrinkles are rare occurrences and nobody seems to worry much about their health. What’s their secret, and can you get the same benefits in a pill or serum? YES.
Like many of his peers who routinely live into their 90s and longer, Tadanao Takahashi, 93, is in good health. Japanese researchers think this phenomenon may be connected to the local diet.
— Every morning, Hiroshi Sakamoto wakes up and farms his field, usually for about four or five hours a day. Sakamoto, who lives in the village of Yuzuri Hara, two hours outside of Tokyo, is 86 years old. But his age by no means makes him the elder statesman of his village, nor is a daily routine like his uncommon among his peers. More than 10 percent of the population of his village is 85 or older — 10 times the American norm.
The residents of Yuzuri Hara are not only living longer, but they are also quite healthy. Rarely do they have any reason to see a doctor, and they are hardly affected by diseased like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's. Many have even managed to keep their skin from showing signs of aging. What makes the residents of Yuzuri Hara even more remarkable is that they are living long, healthy lives — even those who engage in unhealthy activities on a daily basis.
Sakamoto, for example, smokes a pack and a half of cigarettes daily and is still in reasonably good health and physically fit. Tadanao Takahashi, 93, has worked in the sun for 50 years, never once using sun block or skin cream, and yet his skin is soft and smooth. Some medical researchers believe that Yuzuri Hara, known as "The Village of Long Life," and its residents may hold the key to anti-aging secrets: the local diet that is unique to the village.
Unlike other regions of Japan that grow rice, Yuzuri Hara's hilly terrain is better suited to harvesting different carbohydrates that may prove healthier: things like satsumaimo, a type of sweet potato; satoimo, a sticky white potato; konyaku, a gelatinous root vegetable concoction; and imoji, a potato root.
Dr. Toyosuke Komori, the town doctor who has studied and written books on longevity in Yuzuri Hara, believes these locally grown starches help stimulate the body's natural creation of a substance called hyaluronic acid, or HA, which aging bodies typically lose. This may ward off the aging process by helping the cells of the body thrive and retain moisture, keeping joints lubricated, protecting the retina in eyes and keeping skin smooth and elastic.
"I have never seen anyone suffer from skin cancer here," he says. "I have seen a woman in her 90s with spotless skin."
One of Japan's leading pharmaceutical companies began researching and developing a pill supplement containing hyaluronic acid. The company tested the pills on 1,000 people, and said roughly half reported smoother skin, less fatigue and better eyesight.
In the United States, hyaluronic acid has been used for years in eye surgery as a shock absorber to protect the retina, and has been proven effective in lubricating arthritic joints. Synvisc, for example, a Food and Drug Administration-approved product used to treat osteoarthritis, works by injecting hyaluronic acid, or Hyaluronan, which acts as a shock absorber and lubricant. Dr. Irving Raphael, a Syracuse, N.Y., orthopedist who specializes in sports medicine, explains that these injections coat the surface of the joint to decrease friction, which allows the joint to move more smoothly and cuts down pain.
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