Hyaluronic acid is a clear, gooey substance that’s found naturally in your body—in your skin, connective tissue and eyes. It does an amazing job of hydrating dry and aged skin. Hyaluronic acid also ensures your joints function as they should. Unfortunately, it diminishes with age so we need to intentionally work it into our diets.

Here are 10 reasons you should increase hyaluronic acid intake:

1. Alleviates joint pain and offers relief from osteoarthritis
2. Strengthens bones
3. Hydrates your skin and makes your skin glow
4. Helps helps wounds heal faster
5. Reduces inflammation
6. Relieves acid reflux
7. Eases dry eyes
8. Wards off wrinkles
9. Improves bladder health
10. Treats vaginal dryness

How to increase your intake of hyaluronic acid:

You can now find hyaluronic acid in lotions, creams, serums and supplements. All of these can help increase skin moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, applying hyaluronic acid externally isn’t enough to help improve hydration within the body. Instead, you need to increase the levels inside your body through foods.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring ingredient in bone broth, which is why adding more bone broth or protein powder made from bone broth to your diet can significantly help increase your hyaluronic acid intake.

You can also increase your hyaluronic acid intake by including leafy greens, almonds, cashews, bananas, peppers and root vegetables in your diet.