Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Foods for Joint Health

Joint health and healthy mobility are important factors to always keep tabs of for the life of your dog. There are many avenues to ensure joint health and function, but I will only focus on foods and formulas that promote healthy cartilage, synovial fluid and joint function.

Diet is a major factor in solidifying continuous joint health.

Natural resources for joint health [click links for info]:

Chicken feet

Omega 3's (fish oil)

Shark Cartilage

Perna canaliculus (green-lipped mussel)
[an easy source of green-lipped mussel are some varities of Ziwi Peak]

Sea Cucumber

Elk Velvet Antler
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Most commercial treats utilize the proven benefits of Glucosamine HCL and Chondroitin. It is also important to look for a treat that contains the following vitamins that are key for metabolizing Glucosamine/Chondroitin : Maganese, Zinc, Selenium. Recent studies have shown Glucosamine HCL to be as effective alone as it is in combination with Chondroitin. So low-to-no level of Chrondroitin is thought to be okay.

Some treats that utilize the above criteria are:
Zuke's Hip Action
Dogswell Happy Hips
Ark Natural's Sea Mobility
Get Naked Joint Health

Other joint health products:

The Honest Kitchen's Lithe Tea an herbal tea that promotes healthy mobility, bone and joint function.

The Missing Link supplement

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