Common Joint Concerns

Building a More Durable Athlete Starts With The Joint

5 Contributors To An Unhealthy Joint

Proactive Care Through Proper Diet and Supplementation

“By having the building blocks available via high-quality nutrition and supplementation, the horse is better able to deal with small issues before they become a clinical problem.”
— Carter Judy, DVM, DACVS,

Step 1. It All Starts With

A Strong Foundation

Platinum Performance® Equine helps support healthy joints with omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine sulfate and antioxidants.

Platinum Performance® CJ combines the benefits of Platinum Performance® Equine and incorporates boswellia, MSM, cetyl myristoleate, hyaluronic acid as well as ASU for horses with advanced joint care needs.

Putting It Into Practice

Contributors Support
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Inflammation
Inflammation is part of the body’s natural healing process. However, continual exposure to excessive inflammation can be unhealthy and is a primary cause of equine joint problems.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, ASU (Avocado Soy Unsaponifiables), cetyl myristoleate, antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E, and botanical compounds such as Boswellia help support healthy levels of inflammation

Inflammation

Normal Synovial Membrane
2

Excessive Free Radicals
Produced as a response to exercise, poor nutrition or environmental factors, they can degrade the hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid — needed to cushion and lubricate joints and smooth movement.

  • Antioxidants help offset the damaging effects of free radicals
  • Hyaluronic Acid helps maintain synovial fluid viscosity and normal joint function

Free Radical Damage

Healthy Synovial Fluid
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Degradative Enzymes
Negatively impact cartilage health. Cartilage breakdown can cause friction due to the loss of protection provided by healthy cartilage.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids can help maintain a healthy level of enzyme expression to support healthy cartilage
  • Glucosamine is a building block of certain cartilage components

Enzymatic Activity

Intact Collagen
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Injury or Overuse
Although exercise is important for the growth and maintenance of healthy joints, overuse or exercise-related injuries often contribute to the development of joint concerns.

  • Silicon helps maintain strength of bone and soft tissues
  • ASU supports the synthesis of cartilage and slows its breakdown
  • MSM provides sulfur, a key component of cartilage and other connective tissues

Traumatic Injury or Overuse

Normal Cartilage
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Natural Aging Process
Everyday activity and exercise contribute to normal wear and tear on the joints. Prolonged exposure to free radicals and inflammation also speeds the aging process.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids support healthy levels of inflammation
  • Antioxidants help offset the effects of free radicals

Low-Grade Cartilage Damage

Normal Cartilage