Glucosamine & chondroitin sulphate supplements
The joint is considered an organ of the body and consists of the following structures: joint capsule, articular cartilage, tendons, ligaments and underlying bone.
The joint's common function is to distribute and equalize the pressure that occurs when the horse moves. Articular cartilage is made up of cells and connective tissue molecules such as glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and hyaluronic acid, which together help to compress the cartilage when the horse puts pressure on the joint.
Normally there is a slow turnover (breakdown and build-up) of the articular cartilage.
Glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate are required as building blocks for this building process.The natural presence of glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate in articular cartilage decreases with age and joint injury. As the horse is trained and competed hard, the turnover of cartilage tissue molecules also increases.
When a supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate is added to the feed, a surplus of building blocks is formed and cartilage formation is stimulated. Glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and hyaluronic acid can be given daily to the horse for a longer period of time, e.g. during the racing season, after joint treatment or to the older stiff horse.
There are no side effects from long-term treatment with the combination preparation chondrogen 100 Pro, which contains glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and hyaluronic acid.
Chondrogen 100PRO contains high molecular weight hyaluronic acid together with chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine sulphate. These three components are naturally present in cartilage and work synergistically to keep the joint functioning normally.