Using both oral and injectable joint support can certainly get expensive. However, this is absolutely the most comprehensive approach to delivering maximum joint health for severe joint problems. Good news is, Grand Premium Plus is very affordable – with the highest level of joint ingredients and half the price of any leading brand!
No worries, now you can afford both!
Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid are substances that are naturally produced by the horse. Providing more of these joint nutrients in a supplement gives your horse the quantities needed to help offset the imbalances caused by the daily wear and tear that occurs in any training regimen. Research shows that these specific oral joint nutrients, all found in Grand Premium Plus and Grand HA Synergy, are absorbed by the horse and appear in significant amounts in joint tissues.
A 2006 study by Martha Rodgers, VMD, concluded that “consistent use of an oral glucosamine/chondroitin supplement resulted in a decreased need for distal tarsal (hock) injections to maintain soundness in a large group of show hunters/jumpers.” This study used an injection of hyaluronic acid directly into the joint capsule.
Adequan is an intramuscular injection consisting of 500 mg of polysulfated Glycosaminoglycans every four days for seven treatments. There is no official once-a-month maintenance dose. Once-a-month injections may offer immediate relief and have no doubt been a Godsend for the equine industry. But even these monthly injections are not able to regrow, or build the cartilage that has degraded from daily training, conformation or age-related changes.
This is where oral, daily use of joint supplements can make the difference. Consistent, daily supplementation with a high level, comprehensive joint support formula, like Grand Premium Plus or Grand HA Synergy fills the gap and helps support the steady supply of cartilage building blocks operating smoothly 24/7.
Keeping a close eye on your supplement’s formula to make sure it not only contains sufficient levels of the key joint support elements, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and HA, but it also contains other useful ingredients joint care ingredients such as:
- A bioavailable form of H.A. – Grand Meadows formulas use U.S. Patented Kolla II a highly bioavailable combination of Hyaluronic Acid, depolymerized chondroitin sulfate and Collagen Type II.
- Collagen Type II – Collagen Type II represents 90% of the collagen present in articular cartilage. Collagen is the primary structural protein in connective tissue found in tendons, ligaments, bone cartilage and skin and provides strength, lubrication and resiliency.
- MSM – MSM is an organic sulfur-bearing compound that supports healthy joint function. It acts as a vasodilator and cellular transporter helping to enhance the delivery of nutrients through the body. Sulfur also plays a critical role in the manufacture of GAGs helping to combat destructive enzymes that lead to cartilage destruction.
Joint injections combined with an oral joint supplement can be the ideal joint support solution for many horses. You may find the combination significantly extends the period between injections and sometimes may eliminate them altogether. Either way, what counts is having options for maximum joint health so you can enjoy riding and/or driving your horse for many years to come!