Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are components of normal cartilage. They are both compounds already produced by the body, but production slows in the normal aging process (for both people & pets). In the body, they are the building blocks for cartilage and appear to stimulate the body to make more cartilage.
Chondroitin absorbs water and other fluids, which helps keep cartilage hydrated and healthy.
Glucosamine may also trigger the production of hyaluronic acid (HA) in the synovial fluid of joints, providing sufficient fluid and therefore cushion to absorb movement impact.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is an odorless and tasteless natural sulfur compound found in all living things. Sulfur is needed by the body for healthy connective tissue and joint function. It has purported pain-squashing and anti-inflammatory properties.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
"Why should I use glucosamine/chondroitin over Hyaluronic Acid (HA)?"
Hyaluronic Acid is effective, but not orally. When given intravenously there are significant improvements in joint health & stability. Glucosamine, MSM & chondroitin have superior benefits when taken orally compared to HA. Bottom-line, if you don't want to give your animal shots daily, don't waste your money on oral HA
"I use MSM powder & it seems to work, why should I choose a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM complex?"
Animals with osteo-arthritis will benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of MSM because the pain will go away. In the meantime, the same cartilage breakdown & lack of synovial fluid still exists & will continue to
deteriorate the joint & lead to rheumatoid arthritis which cannot be assisted with a supplement or surgery. It's vital to not just relieve the pain but to support the entire joint while it's still a possibility to do so.
Glucosamine, chondroitin & MSM are often used as a complex, all are considered very safe.