Functional Foods: Defining Key Ingredients in Canine Joint Protect

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in dogs. Over time, joint cartilage deteriorates and is unable to retain water, which results in a loss of lubrication between the joints. There are several things you can do as a dog owner to improve joint function and hopefully prevent serious joint injury including exercise, feeding a restricted biologically correct diet, and supplementing your dogs diet. Prevention supplementation for joints can save your 4-legged friend from a lot of discomfort and pain, and save you on your vet bills.

Dr. Bill’s Canine Joint Protect is a chewable tablet designed to defend your dog from joint disease and is recommended for use in growing and adult highly active breeds, performance and working dogs, and breeds that are predisposed to an increased risk of hip dysplasia, joint injury, or joint disease.

Below we dig a little deeper into the benefits of some key ingredients found in Canine Joint Protect so you can better understand why this supplement is beneficial to your dog’s overall health and wellness.

Type II Collagen

Type II Collagen is a major component of hyaline joint cartilage and is a source for the cells needed for the replacement of worn or damaged cartilage. Prevention supplementation is especially productive in breeds that are more prone to injury and joint disease throughout their lives. Type II Collagen is a natural source of chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid, which are essential components in maintaining optimum joint health.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a substance that attaches to collagen and elastin to form cartilage. HA helps maintain cartilage, increase the supplies of joint-lubricating synovial fluid, and encourage water retention in other bodily tissues. Together synovial fluid and cartilage act as shock absorbers that can withstand a tremendous amount of wear and tear. As animals age, levels of HA can decrease by as much as 50%, which is why supplementation is important in maintaining joint health, mobility, and flexibility.

Methyl Sulfonyl Methane

Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) is a biological form of sulfur, which is required for the repair and maintenance of joint tissues and the construction of connective tissues. Sulfur is especially important for the body’s production of Chondroitin sulfate, which acts to maintain the proper moisture levels in joints and therefore cushioning properties of cartilage in joint tissue. Supplementing with MSM ensures the body has adequate amounts of sulfur.

L-Glutamine

L-Glutamine is one of the most prolific amino acid building blocks. The body naturally manufactures sufficient Glutamine levels to meet physiological needs, but under conditions of metabolic stress, the body cannot produce the necessary amount and it must be supplemented. When the body is stressed from injuries, infections, trauma, or surgical procedures, it releases a hormone called cortisol, which can lower the body’s stores of Glutamine. Clinical studies show that providing Glutamine supplements strengthens the immune system and helps prevent infections.