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|Do you want something that will just make the joints temporarily feel better or a solution to the problem that's causing the pain?
When it comes to joint related problems, most supplements on the market use herbs or other substances that merely ease joint pain temporarily, masking the problem and often making things worse in time. If you need a painkiller, use one, but be aware that you are using one, and do not use it for a prolonged period of time, unless professionally monitored. Preferably, use a quality supplement that will help the body heal itself at the same time. Or, better yet, use one that, instead of masking pain, works on healing the problem so that the pain goes away naturally.
In the beginning, the professionals at MD's Choice examined the marketplace and found a need for quality nutrients that would actually help the body repair and maintain joints, helping the body heal damage caused by disease, injuries, and normal wear and tear. The products MD's Choice developed provide the basic building blocks, in the most bioavailable forms, so that the body can improve the synovial fluids, make ligaments and tendons stronger and more flexible, as well as supply what the body needs to build new healthy cartilage. MD's Choice understands that achieving "Total Joint Health" takes time, usually a few weeks, sometimes months. But, while a joint is repairing, pain and decreased motion will be helped as well.
A cornerstone nutrient that they decided to incorporate into their supplementation programs is Glucosamine Sulphate 2KCL (GS). Since 1970, hundreds of published scientific studies have shown the safety and effectiveness of GS to address joint related problems. GS is the building block of larger connective tissues (such as chondroitin and hyaluronic acid). GS has been shown to be rapidly and actively absorbed by the body and distributed to tissues that need it by the same transporters as glucose.
Please be aware that there are many forms of "Glucosamine" and that they don't all work the same within the body. The most popular form of glucosamine found in most joint supplements is Glucosamine HCL (GHCL), but studies have proven that GHCL is unstable in heat or liquid and that only 12% of Glucosamine HCL is found in the blood even when given in extremely high levels to dogs. Contained in those same supplements is the low molecular weight Chondroitin Sulfate. The same study showed a maximum of 5% absorption of Chondroitin Sulfate when dogs were given a very high dose (10,000 mg to a 15 pound dog). In order for it to be used by the body, it must be broken down and reassembled, with most just passing through the body (in the urine or feces) within a few hours.
In comparison, Glucosamine Sulphate has the strongest collection of studies and is the most stable for commercial products. Studies in people, dogs and rats have proven that Glucosamine Sulphate (GS) is actively absorbed at over 90%. When given orally, 87-97% of the quality GS MD's Choice uses is actively taken from the digestive tract into the blood within 30 minutes. Further, within 4 to 6 hours the chondrocytes (joint cells) have actively taken it from the blood and begun using it. That does NOT mean results will be seen immediately, but that the healing process has started. The problem did not happen overnight, and healing will not occur overnight! Sometimes it takes weeks or months, depending on the problem and severity of the problem.
The latest craze in the equine industry is oral Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is also found in supplements for people and pets. Before you choose to spend your money on such a product, consider that, like Chondroitin Sulfate, Hyaluronic Acid, when taken orally, must be broken down and reassembled, with most of it passing through the body within a matter of hours.
So consider which joint product is best for you, and don't just cover the pain, solve the problem!
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