|Feedmark Best-Flex HA||15000||5000||15000||500||10000||5000||6000|
|Aviform Suppleaze Gold||5500||2000||2460||40||-||-||-|
|BettaLife PharmaQuin Equine||4000||1600||4000||100||-||-||166|
|Equine America Cortaflex HA||-||-||-||15||-||-||-|
|Equine Answers PremierFlexHA||3810||1460||2930||80||-||-||-|
|Feedmark ExtraFlex HA*||12500||1000||10000||400||-||4560||150|
|Horse First My Joints||10000||-||-||-||-||-||2500|
|Lintbells YuMove Joint||5000||-||-||60||-||-||500|
|NAF 5 Star Senior||7190||78||7190||43||-||-||-|
|NAF 5 Star Superflex||5005||12||5005||12||-||-||-|
|Newmarket Joint Supplement||10000||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Protexin Cosequin Equine||2700||900||-||-||-||-||-|
|RiaFlex Complete HA||6100||2700||6100||53||-||-||-|
|Science Supplements FelxAbility Plus||10000||4100||6500||150||-||2900||5000|
|TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support||10000||-||10000||-||-||-||1000|
Best-Flex HA is the best supplement to improve your horse’s flexibility and suppleness. It contains the highest levels of the joint nutrients Glucosamine hydrochloride, Chondroitin sulphate, MSM and Hyaluronic acid (HA) to support joint health and mobility. Best-Flex HA also contains Boswellia to help soothe active or tired joints, Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin C.
Use daily to help maintain healthy joint and connective tissue. Continue long term daily use throughout your horse’s active career to provide fundamental joint nutrients to maintain flexibility and elasticity, and for your veteran or retired horse to soothe the joints and help support easy movement.
Joint supplements or nutraceuticals are the most popular category within the equine supplement market. Here is what goes into them and how they can help your horse.
For many years now, it has been shown through scientifc studies that oral supplementation with joint nutraceuticals can be benefcial to support joint function, ﬂexibility and overall suppleness. Glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, hyaluronic acid (HA) and methylsulphonylmethane (MSM) are the well known and researched ingredients most joint supplements will include. Additional helpful joint nutrients include antioxidants and antiinﬂammatory foods such as boswellia, vitamin C and those rich in omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Glucosamine is a well know and widely researched joint health supplement.
It is a small, water soluble molecule and plays a vital role in building cartilage,
ligaments and tendons. It also occurs naturally in the ﬂuid around the joints
and in bones. Cartilage is the firm, rubbery tissue that pads the ends of bones where it meets a joint. Ageing and general ‘wear and tear’ results in cartilage becoming less flexible and steadily breaking down. There is some evidence that glucosamine may slow this process. Glucosamine is required for the production of glucosaminoglycans (GAGs), the compression-resistant components of cartilage. Two GAGs specific to joint mobility are chondroitin sulphate and hyaluronic acid.
Chondroitin sulphate is found in cartilage and is a key component in cartilage strength and reducing breakdown. Rather than being directly absorbed through the intestinal wall, it is thought to enzymatically degrade with studies showing good bioavailability. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate together increase the synthetic activity of cartilage producing cells.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a key component of connective tissue and cartilage which stabilises the joint and promotes joint lubrication. It has high shock absorbing properties and although a horse can make HA, it breaks down relatively quickly and as they age, the body produces less. Over time, the joints are prone to natural wear and tear and the lack of HA production by the body can contribute to joint stiffness and discomfort. HA supplemented daily can help support joint health and flexibility.
MSM is found in many foods, is a source of sulphur and necessary for the production of collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in horses and is found in tendons, ligaments and cartilage. MSM has been shown to be protective against exercise induced inflammation and oxidative stress in the horse. Since oxidative stress contributes to joint damage, research showing MSM’s antioxidant benefits make it a helpful joint nutraceutical to support flexibility and elasticity.
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) is the resin collected from the Boswellia serrata tree. This resin contains boswellic and other organic acids that exhibit antiinﬂammatory properties. Boswellia has been shown to improve the range of motion and endurance in joints, reducing pain and swelling.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin and acts as an antioxidant. It is required for the production of collagen and connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments Collagen forms part of the extracellular matrix of joint cartilage.
Omega 3 fatty acids, such as those found in a high ratio in linseed, support anti-inflammatory reactions, and have been shown to have supportive role in joint health and stiffness. Daily supplementation with omega 3 rich linseed may help with general flexibility and suppleness.
The most effective joint supplements on the market will include glucosamine, chondroitin, HA, MSM, boswellia, vitamin C and omega 3 fatty acids as these joint nutrients have been shown to improve mobility, stride length and flexion. Adding them to your horse’s daily diet can provide the building blocks for joint health and repair.