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Our Quick & Easy Guide To Joint Care Ingredients

Our Quick & Easy Guide To Joint Care Ingredients

Dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes can benefit from added joint care. Providing a joint care regime from an early age can help delay the onset of arthritis and other inflammatory joint diseases. Many pet foods now include joint care ingredients as standard and our handy guide will help you identify them and how they can help your pet.

TURMERIC

What is it?

A spice that is a member of the ginger family. It has been used for thousands of years in cooking, traditional medicine, and even for dyeing clothes.

Where does it come from?

As a supplement, it is sourced from the roots of the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa).

What does it do?

Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin, which has multiple beneficial properties. Curcumin contains naturally occurring painkiller chemicals, anti-inflammatory agents, and has the ability to slow down the process of arthritis through regulating the development and deterioration of the joints.

OMEGA 3 OILS

What is it?

Omega 3 oils, specifically Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), are essential fatty acids found in certain food sources.

Where does it come from?

The Omega 3 oils beneficial for your pets are found in marine fish, especially Atlantic salmon, sardines, and anchovies. Other Omega 3 oils can be sourced from plants, but these are not as easily utilised by your pet's body.

What does it do?

Although Omega 3 oils are proven to be beneficial for joint disorders, scientists cannot completely confirm how the process works. One popular theory is that the oils support the immune system, helping the body to attack inflammatory agents that cause joint disorders such as arthritis.

GREEN LIPPED MUSSELS

What is it?

Green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) are a species of marine mollusc, related to clams and oysters.

Where does it come from?

Native to the coasts of New Zealand, the joint care benefits of green-lipped mussels are derived from the fact that the species contains over 30% Omega 3, as well as other beneficial amino acids.

What does it do?

The combination of omega 3 and other beneficial acids provides natural lubrication to the joints, as well as maintaining the health of the joint's shock absorbers.

GLUCOSAMINE

What is it?

A naturally occurring substance in the body, composed of sugar and amino acids.

Where does it come from?

In the body, it is produced in the cartilage around the joints. As animals age, the production of glucosamine declines and the joints risk becoming damaged with use. In pet food, glucosamine is most often sourced from animal bones, the shells of crustaceans, or the fermentation of grains such as wheat.

What does it do?

Glucosamine lubricates and cushions the joints, allowing for fluid, healthy movement. It also helps to rebuild damaged cartilage, so is vital in the management of arthritis.

CHONDROITIN SULPHATE

What is it?

Much like glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate is naturally produced within the body.

Where does it come from?

In the body, chondroitin sulphate is produced in the articular cartilage, which is located where the joints develop at the end of the bones. As your pet ages, the production of chondroitin sulphate declines, just as with glucosamine. Supplemented in pet food, it is sourced from a variety of ingredients including tracheas and fish by-products.

What does it do?

Chondroitin sulphate prevents the cartilage surrounding the joints from dehydrating. This ensures the joints remain elastic, allowing for healthier movement and better cushioning against the impacts of exercise.

MSM

What is it?

MSM is the abbreviation of methylsulfonylmethane. It is a sulphur based substance and is naturally occurring in the body, although the body does not produce it.

Where does it come from?

Sulphur is abundant in nature and is found in all organisms. When your pet eats anything, sulphur is absorbed into the body and utilised in different ways. MSM is a result of one of these uses. The form available in pet food is derived from sulfur molecules found in marine plankton and algae.

What does it do?

MSM helps to maintain the connective tissues around the joints. This aids in overall joint health and flexibility as the connective tissues make up tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.

"Curcumin contains naturally occurring painkiller chemicals, anti-inflammatory agents, and has the ability to slow down the process of arthritis..."

Fact File

1. Joint care is important for all pets, not just large breeds and seniors.

2. Even cats can benefit from a joint care regime, especially due to the extreme stress their joints can be put under through leaping and climbing.

3. Finding the right joint care regime for your pet may need trial and error as every pet is different.

4. Some joint care is added to your pet's food by the manufacturer, or you can purchase supplements to add to the food.

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