Frequently asked questions about Joint Armor™

Is it really necessary to have chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine in a joint supplement?

While each of these ingredients will affect joint health to some degree on their own, they work much more effectively when used together.

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are key nutrients necessary for normal joint function. Glucosamine is used as a substrate for certain components of the cartilage matrix, while chondroitin sulfate plays an important role in controlling the enzymes associated with inflammation and tissue destruction.

Studies using equine cartilage explants (small pieces of actual living tissue) have shown these ingredients complement each other in inhibiting the production of inflammatory cells. Interestingly, when these ingredients were used independently of each other, they did not show similar benefits (Orth et al., 2002; Schlueter and Orth, 2004; DeChant et al., 2005).

Can a joint supplement cure my horse’s arthritis?

The damage done by arthritic changes cannot be reversed, so a joint supplement will not cure your horse’s arthritis. However, a well-formulated joint supplement helps protect cartilage against the damage caused by inflammation. The maintenance of healthy synovial fluid supports soundness by lubricating the joint and acting as a shock absorber for the bones that form the joint. Joint Armor is a complete joint supplement that includes a combination of hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, and manganese sulfate. It supports both the cartilage matrix and synovial fluid.

You might also explore adding Contribute omega-3 fatty acids to your horse’s diet. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties proven to help relieve inflammation in arthritic horses.

How is hyaluronic acid different from glucosamine and chondroitin?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an integral component of synovial fluid and articular cartilage, and is responsible for lubrication of the joint surfaces. While glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate work mainly as the building block for cartilage, HA is more beneficial to the joint fluid, which nourishes the joint and provides shock absorbing properties.

Joint Armor is a complete joint supplement that includes a combination of hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, and manganese sulfate. It supports both the cartilage matrix and synovial fluid.

My barn manager told me I have to give my horse more joint supplement when I first start feeding it to him. I was wondering why.

Research has shown us that horses do not easily absorb the ingredients found in joint supplements. Not only do adequate amounts need to be fed to ensure that enough is being absorbed, but a “loading” dose is recommended for horses that have never been on a joint supplement before. We recommend you feed 14 grams of Joint Armor for the first 3 to 4 weeks and then reduce the dose to 7 grams thereafter.

I have a picky eater. How do I know he will eat Joint Armor?

Joint Armor has a great vanilla taste and aroma that horses like. It does not contain a lot of fillers; therefore, you only have to feed 7 grams, which is a small amount. It mixes easily into a concentrate meal. If you aren’t feeding grain, mix it into your horse’s soaked beet pulp or alfalfa pellets.

My horse is young. Does he need a joint supplement?

Horses of all ages can benefit from a joint supplement. Healthy tissues are better able to protect themselves against the damage resulting from normal daily wear and tear. The maintenance of healthy synovial fluid supports soundness by lubricating the joint and acting as a shock absorber for the bones that form the joint.

Joint Armor is a complete joint supplement that is very cost effective. One jar is a 75-day supply of the ingredients your horse needs to support optimal joint health. At the maintenance level, it costs less than a dollar a day to feed.

My horse had an OCD removed and after the surgery my vet suggested I put her on a joint supplement that includes hyaluronic acid. Why?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an integral component of synovial fluid and articular cartilage, and is responsible for lubrication of the joint surfaces. While glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate work mainly on the cartilage, HA is more beneficial to the joint fluid. In a study conducted by Bergin and coworkers (2006), oral HA was effective in reducing synovial effusion (an abnormal collection of fluid) following arthroscopic surgery for removal of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions in joints.

How does Joint Armor compare with other leading brands?

Unlike other joint supplements, Joint Armor contains adequate levels of the four essential ingredients (glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, and manganese sulfate) that research has shown to support healthy joint tissue. Because Joint Armor is concentrated, you only need to feed 7 grams a day, which means one jar of Joint Armor will last one horse over two months (75 days). Joint Armor offers your horse the support he needs at a price you can afford.

Compare for yourself.

ProductGlucosamineChondroitin SulfateSodium HyaluronateCost/day*
Joint Armor™ 5000 mg1200 mg100 mg$0.96
Cosequin® **3600 mg1200 mgNone$1.25
Chondrogen EQ5000 mg500 mg20 mg$1.00
Grand Complete2500 mgNoneNone$1.09
Finish Line Fluid Action® ***5000 mgNone25 mg$1.07
*Cost per day was calculated based on average suggested retail price.
**Cosequin® is a registered trademark of Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.®
***Finish Line Fluid Action®HA is a registered trademark of Finish Line®.

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