How much is enough? 3 things you should know about your glucosamine supplement.

By: Rebecca Rose, biochemist and founder of In Clover

It is tempting to pick a joint supplement for your pet with the highest glucosamine amount and not look any further, but is this the best approach to your animal’s joint health?

Our pets’ bodies are designed to turn nutrients in their food into building blocks to cushion and lubricate their joints. When there is an upset in the system due to injury, aging, diet or genetic factors, the system breaks down and the result is joint issue and discomfort. To protect joints against wear and tear or to support a pet exhibiting joint discomfort symptoms, you may seek out a glucosamine-based joint supplement. Here are three things you should know about glucosamine supplements:

1. Not all glucosamine is created equal.
Most commonly derived from sea mussels, glucosamine is the joint building block that provides the cushioning for the joint. Not all glucosamine is the same; there are varying qualities of this ingredient. Greater amounts of glucosamine in a product often points to a cheap, low-quality ingredient. Make sure the supplement label shows indicates the glucosamine is 99%+ pure.

2. The carrier matters.
Once you’ve determined a quality glucosamine was used in the product, you’ll want to focus on the glucosamine carrier. When you give your dog or cat a glucosamine supplement, it has another ingredient attached to carry it into the body. This carrier takes up space and replaces some of the glucosamine claimed on the label. The less expensive brands use large carriers. Product using glucosamine HCl will deliver 28% more glucosamine than those using a sulfate carrier.

3. Go beyond glucosamine.
Glucosamine is only one of three essential joint building blocks your pet’s body needs to maintain joint comfort and health. While glucosamine cushions the joint, chondroitin provides joint elasticity and hyaluronic acid lubricates the joint. Providing glucosamine alone is like filling your car with gas but never changing the oil or inflating the tires.

With joint disorder comes inflammation, decreased circulation and increased free radical activity. These symptoms need to be overcome for the joint building blocks to be delivered. The most complete joint supplements will contain glucosamine HCl, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid plus a delivery system containing anti-inflammatories, circulatory stimulants and anti-oxidants.

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1 in 4 Dogs Will Develop Joint Problems

By: Rebecca Rose, In Clover founder and product developer

Every morning I drag myself out of bed, cold nose nudging me along, for my morning run. My running partner and motivation is Floyd, a rescued Golden Retriever who will reward a good ear rub with a huge grin and loves everything about our early adventure. He is a morning dog and is anxious to get out his ya ya’s before going to work. We usually see 7 or 8 other dogs along the way. Shockingly, statistics suggest that 2 of these dogs have a need for joint support. They will have difficulty getting up, jumping into the car, finishing a walk. Because there are no nerve endings in the joint, the damage will be significant before they will communicate the signs of discomfort. Some safe and gentle ways to support healthy joint function in an active or aging dog include supplementation with:

  • Joint Building Blocks: Glucosamine,  Mucopolysaccharides, (Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate, Hyaluronic Acid)
  • Anti-inflammatory: Yucca, Black Cohosh, Cayenne, MSM
  • Anti-oxidant: Turmeric, Ginger, Devil’s Claw, Alfalfa,  Vitamin C
  • Circulatory stimulant: Nettle, Celery Seed

Additionally, supplements with the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) quality seal ensure extra quality standards are followed.