What can we do when the joy of movement is limited, for example in old age, because walking and standing up is no longer possible without pain?
There are various natural preparations that can be given to support joint function. However, there are no scientifically conclusive study results on this. You should therefore test such a supplement for 6-8 weeks.
Omega-3 fatty acids:
The omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are essential for dogs. These fatty acids are involved in the formation of hormone-like substances which, among other things, play a role in the metabolism of inflammation. EPA and DHA are found in abundance in fish and omega-3 oils and in concentrated form in salmon oil capsules. Increased intake (2 to 3 times the requirement) is recommended to support joint function.
Glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs for short, are linear acidic polysaccharides consisting of repeating binary sugars. Along with elastic fibres and collagen fibres, GAGs are important building blocks of articular cartilage. They are characterised by their ability to bind a large amount of water. The bound water forms a flexible and dynamic structure that allows the cartilage to react like a sponge and have a shock-absorbing effect.
Depending on the composition of the sugar units, a distinction is made between four main groups:
- Chondroitin sulphate -> important for cartilage function.
- Hyaluronic acid -> main component of joint fluid
- Keratan sulphate
- Heparin/heparan sulphate
Chondroitin sulphate and hyaluronic acid are particularly important for joint function.
Natural products such as green-lipped mussel extract or glucosamine contain plenty of GAGs and can therefore support your dog with joint problems.
Collagen, which is contained in gelatine, can also have a regenerative effect on cartilage and is therefore used for arthrosis, overloading of joints and problems in the musculoskeletal system.
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