Knowledge Base: Maximum Joint Health
Max Joint-Health is an advanced supplement that has been formulated to help support equine joint wellbeing.
When developing Max-Joint-Health we decided from the outset of the formulation and research phase that we would produce a product that provides the very best in equine joint support whilst not using any ingredients that contained animal by-products or not from sustainable sources.
Max Joint-Health includes ingredients that have been shown to support your horse and incorporates the latest global scientific research producing a modern product to help support your horse’s joint wellbeing.
Your horses’ joints are designed to absorb shock and allow easy comfortable movement and support the weight of the horse’s body be this at rest or in work. In the horse’s body there are three different types of joints, cartilaginous, synovial, and fibrous that Max Joint-Health has been formulated to help support.
The horse’s joints
• The Cartilaginous joints have limited movement and are found in the pelvis and vertebrae as well as growth plates, which are essential during young horse’s growing years for the extension of bone length.
• The Synovial joints are the most common in the horse’s body and come under extreme wear and tear and are the most active joints. The synovial joints consists of two bone ends covered by a smooth thin layer of resilient articular cartilage. The articular cartilage enables frictionless movement of the joint. The joint stability is maintained by a fibrous capsule which is attached to both bones and collateral ligaments. The collateral ligaments are important in maintaining stability in joints such as the fetlock, carpus, stifle, hock, and elbow.
• The Fibrous joints are more or less immobile. They include joints in the skull and those between the shafts of some long bones. The Fibrous joints do not allow for movement and are essentially immobile..
New Max Joint-Health is an advanced complimentary Supplement for Horses and ponies that contains Glucosamine, Methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM) Boswellia, Hyaluronic acid (HA) and Vitamin C that have been brought together to provide support to joint
wellbeing for horses in hard work, maintenance, convalescence, and retirement.
The Glucosamine HCL found in Max Joint-Health is a naturally occurring substance and one of the best-studied ingredient in equine joint supplements. Glucosamine is a key building block of connective tissues including cartilage the structural tissue found between joints in the horses body and assists in natural joint repair and renewal process of joint fluid, tendons, and ligaments helping your horse withstand daily wear and tear, and stress on joints. The Glucosamine HCL in Max Joint-Health is vegan and contains no
The Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (MSM) in Max Joint-Health is rich in bio-available sulphur that is key for the wellbeing of soft tissue that, helps and support the wellbeing of your horses’ tendons, ligaments, muscle, and connective tissues that are essential for supporting general equine muscle health and fluid mobility. MSM also helps to sustain a healthy response to inflammation and can assist the respiratory wellbeing and is also a component for maintaining the integrity of the hoof wall. Feeding MSM at the
recommended level will ensure the correct amount of sulphur is supplied to the parts of the horse’s body where it is most required, such as the soft connective tissue of the joint.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is incorporated into Max Joint Health to help provide support for the management of inflammation and maintain your horse’s synovial fluid that lubricates joints and support the connective tissue. HA is also a key building block of joint support and wellbeing and helps to keep the cartilage that cushions your horses’ joints flexible. As your horse matures and workloads increase inflammation leads to the breakdown of hyaluronic acid that may lead to a reduction of viscoelasticity and damage
to cartilage. The use of HA is shown to help manage joint wellbeing.
Boswellia is a powerful and traditional herbal ingredient that is incorporated in Max Joint-Health to assist mobility and the musculoskeletal system and structural composition of the horse’s connective tissues, cartilage and also targets inflammation. The horse’s respiratory wellbeing can also be improved by feeding Boswellia. It has been shown that Boswellia can also help to settle the horse’s respiratory mechanisms by reducing the production of leukotrienes (chemical responses which can cause compression of the bronchi, in the lower airways).
Boswellia is also linked to maintaining digestive wellbeing and is known to have properties that can help support a healthy flourishing liver. However, Boswellia is not recommended for broodmares during pregnancy.
Vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid, supports the transfer of iron that is key in the formation of collagen that is a vital building block of skin and connective tissues like ligaments, tendons, and the calcifying of bone. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that provides support to the immune system.
Signs to look out for in your horses’ joints:
If you think that there is an issue with the wellbeing or function of your horse’s joints, you should not ignore the signs. Possible signs of a joint issues can present in symptoms such as…
You may notice stiffness when bringing your horse out of their stable or before exercise. In most cases stiffness will disappear as your horse starts to stretch and exercise. However, persistent stiffness can be a sign indicating changes in joint wellbeing or discomfort. If stiffness persists you should always consult your vet in the first instance for advice.
Swelling, Inflammation and heat
If you see swelling around the joints this may be a sign of arthritis or infection. Heat is a normal response to swelling or inflammation, and so the joint may be warm to the touch if this is the case you should always consult your vet in the first instance for advice.
A joint injury may be indicated by lameness in your horse. Lameness is one of the most common symptoms in joint injuries and possible osteoarthritis and if it persists you should always consult your vet in the first instance for advice.
Horses exhibit different responses to pain. Be aware of the possible signs your horse may show if they are in pain and if it persists you should always consult your vet in the first instance for advice.
As your horse gets older and workloads become more intensive or old age starts to show.
Using a supplement like Max Joint-Health can help to support your horse’s joint wellbeing beyond what it can through natural repair and is formulated to help extend your horses working life and wellbeing into retirement.
Max Joint-Health is manufactured in the UK in a NOPPS-UFFAS accredited facility and is further tested at one of the UKs top testing laboratories near Newmarket to maintain the very highest standards of clean sport.
Max Joint Health is highly palatable with a vanilla flavour and can be fed alongside our unique and scientifically proven and researched Max-Gut-Health supplement.