Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Collagen Shown More Effective for Arthritic Horses - Full Article

by: Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc
May 26 2010, Article # 16378

Not only is the joint supplement ingredient type II collagen effective for arthritic horses, it also might be more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, reported Ramesh C. Gupta, DMV, MVSC, PhD, DABT, FTAS, professor and head of the Toxicology Department from Murray State University in Kentucky.

Type II collagen is the predominant form of collagen in the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones inside of moveable joints. The type II collagen Gupta used in the study was isolated from chicken sternum (breastbone) according to good manufacturing practices (GMPs)—a set of guidelines that ensure products like nutritional supplements are produced safely.

Horses were selected based on signs of lameness, joint effusion, reduced joint flexibility, crepitation (a crinkly feeling) of the joint on manipulation, and increased lameness upon flexion...

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