Conquer 200PRO ? for preventive purposes
Hyaluronic acid as a feed supplement
Can you really add hyaluronic acid to the feed and be sure that it reaches the horse's joints? This is a question we often get from our customers.
Veterinarian and researcher Eva Skiöldebrand has worked with equine joints and joint diseases throughout his professional life. She has worked as a veterinarian and as a researcher at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Today Eva is a professor at SLU and runs its own platform for research on equine joint diseases. During a research trip to the US in the 1990s, she heard that two veterinarians, at one of the world's largest equine hospitals, had come up with unique research findings. The research showed that hyaluronic acid with the right molecular weight can be administered orally and transported via the blood to the joint, via a specific receptor in the intestine. Previously, hyaluronic acid (rooster comb) had only been injected directly into the joint. This is something that is only done when inflammation is already detected and with some risk of infection. The results opened up the possibility of prevent arthritis by daily administration in the feed.
Eva began working with two veterinarians, Scott and Pierce, at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, USA. Their work resulted in the product Conquer 200PRO containing pure high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. The first product with hyaluronic acid for oral administration was born.
How can Conquer 200PRO preventing arthritis?
Hyaluronic acid is an important component of joints in both humans and animals. It gives the synovial fluid its viscous and oily consistency so that it becomes lubricating and cushioning instead of watery and thin. When the horse works and exerts itself, the ligaments in the joint press against each other. To prevent the delicate cartilage surfaces from hitting each other and being damaged, the joint fluid needs to be thick enough to hold them apart.
The horse is basically designed to roam freely and the natural turnover of hyaluronic acid in the joints is more than enough. Today we have turned them into athletes. The increased strain and overload causes the hyaluronic acid in the joint to break down faster than it can be replenished. This is when the synovial fluid loses its viscous character and becomes more watery. Strain at this stage increases the risk of the cartilage surfaces colliding and being damaged.
By providing daily contributions by Conquer 200PRO the levels of viscous hyaluronic acid are replenished. The joint surfaces can then move freely in the joint without damaging the cartilage. This in turn reduces the risk of joint inflammation and, over time, dangerous osteoarthritis. With a higher level of healthy joint fluid, the joint can withstand higher levels of stress without the joint surfaces hitting each other and being damaged.
In addition to acting as a shock absorber, hyaluronic acid has another important role in the joints. It also helps to transport essential nutrients to the joint cartilage and to expel harmful slag products. This is a vital process for cartilage nutrient turnover.
Recommended intake of Conquer 200PRO
For optimal long-term joint health we recommend a daily dose of Conquer 200PRO from the moment the horse starts working. This usually happens between 3-5 years of age. Recommended dose per 500 kg is 10 ml per day. Read more about Conquer 200PRO here.