We consider this to be our gold standard equine joint supplement with the optimum ratios of the all important ingredients Glucosamine and Chondroitin which is why this is our best selling equine product.
Glucosamine helps keep joints and cartilage lubricated. It also stimulates glycosaminoglycans, (the substance necessary for the formation of joint tissue.) This is important because as a horse’s body ages or is subjected to punishing riding disciplines, it may not produce a sufficient amount of glucosamine naturally. This can result in cartilage with a diminished ability to act as a shock absorber. The joints then become stiff and painful, resulting in a limited range of motion and even deformation.
Glucosamine Sulphate is a combination of sulphur salts (40%) and Glucosamine. Glucosamine HCL is a purified version containing 98% pure, active glucosamine.
Chondroitin sulphate works to enhance glucosamine. Chondroitin sulphate is a major part of cartilage and may support bones as they heal.
It provides structure, holds water and nutrients, and allows other molecules to move through the cartilage. This is extremely important, as there is no blood supply to cartilage.
In degenerative joint disease, such as osteoarthritis, there is a loss of chondroitin sulphate as the cartilage erodes.
Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring organic sulphur found in grains and grasses. The concentration of organic sulphur should be high, especially in older horses or ponies undertaking strenuous or intense training programmes. MSM is necessary for the correct synthesis of amino acids, vitamins and chondroitin sulphates. These are essential nutrients that help support joint lubrication. MSM also supplies bio-available sulphur to various types of tissues within the body.
MSM is destroyed by heating which includes during the feed manufacturing process. This can mean that horses and ponies who have limited access to grazing, or whose diet relies heavily on processed feeds, may lack MSM.
SODIUM HYALURONIC ACID (HA)
Its structure is the simplest of all glycosaminoglycans and forms the backbone of proteoglycans (a form of protein.) It is found in the connective tissue and created in the synovial membrane by the chondrocytes (the only cells in cartilage.) It is essential for proper nutrient delivery.