I have an older horse †and I’m worried about him developing arthritis. Is there any evidence that joint care supplements can help prevent the development of joint inflammation?
Joint care products are among the most popular supplements fed by horse people. Millions of dollars a year are spent on a wide range of mysterious powders, including glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, DMG, hyaluronic acid, and a multitude of herbal blends. However, consumer enthusiasm for parting with their money on behalf of these products is not necessarily matched by manufacturer willingness to provide research evidence for safety or efficacy. Seeking products with evidence for preventing joint inflammation can therefore be challenging. However, there are products available that have solid scientific evidence for preventing degradation and inflammation in cartilage, including HyalcarePLUS and Mobility. Contact the manufacturer of your favourite joint care product and ask them for scientific evidence for safety and/or efficacy. If they cannot provide it, perhaps its time to switch to a company that puts its money where your horse’s mouth is! You don’t† give unproven products to your children, so be sure to select a joint supplements manufacturer that won’t expect you to give unproven products to your horse.
HERBS for HORSES is an ISO 22000 Global Food Safety certified manufacturer that has conducted 9 joint-care studies at the University of Guelph.