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What Are Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate Supplements?

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are naturally occurring components that act as building blocks for the functioning of healthy cartilage and flexible joints. These organic supplements work by minimizing cartilage damage and swelling, increasing joint lubrication, helping to rebuild the cartilage that cushions and protects joints, and enhancing new cartilage production.

Numerous studies on the effects of glucosamine and chondroitin have found these components to be critical nutrients that assist in supporting flexibility, comfort, and range of motion — for pets as well as for humans.

Chondroprotectants (chondro - cartilage) such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are being prescribed increasingly by conventional as well as holistic veterinarians. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate has been found helpful in relieving inflammation and may even reverse the degenerative process in some dogs.

Glucosamine and chondroitin are widely recommended for their potential value in helping pets suffering from or genetically predisposed to suffering from arthritis and joint pain, including aches and chronic pain from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, and osteochondrodysplasia.

These supplements work by nourishing the cartilage and increasing viscosity of the synovial fluid (the joint's lubricating system), thereby reducing friction and pain. Glucosamine and chondroitin attract fluid into the joint's cartilage system and help the body repair damaged joints while keeping the cartilage-destroying enzymes under control — all with equal or better results than anti-inflammatory drugs.

In short, chondroprotectants:
•  Help to lubricate joints
•  Provide a mechanism for nutrient absorption
•  Produce an anti-inflammatory effect on joints
•  Regulate activity on cartilage
•  Inhibit enzymes that break down cartilage
Flint River Ranch has developed two glucosamine and chondroitin-fortified products to assist in the possible prevention and holistic treatment of arthritis and joint-related pain: our Flint River Ranch PLUS premium pet food and our Jubilee Wafer dog biscuit treats.

There is no need to wait for the symptoms of arthritis to become pronounced to start using Jubilee Wafers or the PLUS pet food formula because the wafers and kibble work as great preventatives. A regular diet of Flint River Ranch Plus or a steady supplement of Jubilee Wafers can even be started in young dogs known to have a predisposition to osteoarthritis, joint dysplasia (hip, elbow, knee or shoulder), degenerative disc disease, osteochondrodysplasia, or related health issues.

Chondroprotectants like Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate should be a part of a complete care program supervised by your veterinarian.

Recommended Products: Related terms: Chondroprotectants, glycosaminoglycans (GAG's), cartilage repair, chondrocytes, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, osteochondrodysplasia

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