Our horse's joints act to facilitate movement and absorb impact, and over time joints naturally suffer wear and tear, so must be supported! Taking good care of your equine's joints can help to ensure your horse or pony remains comfortable and happy in their work, helping to minimise pain and prolonging their ridden career.
Keeping equine joints supple requires a plentiful supply of lubricating fluid, a smooth cartilage coating on the working surfaces of the joint and healthy connective tissue. Horse Joint Right Supreme from Scientific Nutritional Products contains premium Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Lipped Mussel, Omega 3 fatty acids and Antioxidant Vitamins E and C - it is designed to maximize joint suppleness and joint health - but how do these ingredients actually work? Scientific Nutritional Products takes a look…
Glucosamine for horses is a soluble natural product obtained from crustacean shells. After being consumed it is absorbed through the wall of the intestine into the body. It is then attracted to the joint cells where it provides the raw material to build up synovial fluid. The amino sugar is used to build tendons, ligaments, cartilage and synovial fluid (joint oil). Synovial fluid tends to become thinner with old age and wear and tear and thus loses some of its lubricating properties. Joint-Right Supreme contains Glucosamine HCL which is the purest available form of glucosamine.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most important glycosaminoglycans playing a crucial role in the cushioning and lubrication of joints by increasing the viscosity of synovial fluid. It has been used for many years in injectable form, but is now also available as an oral supplement!
Chondroitin is chemically similar to glucosamine and is a major constituent of cartilage. Chondroitin sulphate works in synergy with glucosamine and the other ingredients to maintain a sound cartilage coating. In our eyes no quality joint supplement should be without it. This is because most bones end in cartilage, a plastic like material which lines the joints preventing bone grating against bone. If this lining wears out the joint becomes stiff and creaky.
MSM (Methylsulphonylmethane) is a naturally occurring form of organic sulphur vital for the building of joints, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. It therefore plays an important role supporting glucosamine and chondroitin in the maintenance of healthy joints. Many people feed MSM on its own to their horses, but for joint issues it is better when combined with other supportive ingredients.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
These essential fatty acids are well known for their nutritional benefits to joint health, helping to ease movement and aid the circulation, thus allowing the synovial fluid (joint oil) to flow freely over the joints working surfaces. Omega 3 has also been linked to a wide range of other health benefits including heart, eyes, skin, and brain health.
Green Lipped Mussel
Green Lipped Mussel, taken from Perna Canaliculus, a bivalve mollusc (mussel) is rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acid. As the body metabolises the natural omega-3s found in green lipped mussel oil, the Omega 3 Fatty Acids found within function to restore and soothe inflamed joints, muscles and tissues. Green lipped mussel also contains naturally occurring Chondroitin Sulphate and the natural ingredient has also been shown to be beneficial in soothing respiratory conditions!
Micronized Whole Linseed Meal
Horse Joint-Right Supreme from Scientific Nutritional Products contains cooked whole linseed, nature’s richest source of Omega 3 Alpha Linolenic acid. As well as being good for the joints this ingredient boosts healthy skin and a shiny coat.
Lysine & Methionine
Lysine and Methionine are two sulphur based essential amino acids which have been added to support the body’s natural repair of connective tissue.
Vitamins E and C nutritionally support the immune system by neutralising free radicals. Vitamin C, like MSM, is very important for maintaining joint tissues and is known to play a major role in making collagen.
Our equines’ joints do suffer from general wear and tear which can lead to stiffness and limited flexion ability and pain and even lameness so if you think your horse is struggling with joints issues contact your veterinarian and include a horse joint supplement such as Horse Joint Right Supreme from Scientific Nutritional Products in the diet.
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