Study: Some Supplements Can Reduce Equine Joint Inflammation

Researchers believe the tested supplements could help reduce the joint inflammation that can lead to osteoarthritis.

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Study: Some Supplements Can Reduce Equine Joint Inflammation
Preventive administration of these products could allow veterinarians and horse owners to reduce the effects of joint inflammation that otherwise could lead to osteoarthritis, more severe inflammation, and cartilage breakdown. | Photo: iStock
Synovitis—simply put, joint inflammation—is one of the leading causes of lameness in horses worldwide. It also contributes to the development of osteoarthritis, a debilitating condition that has no definitive cure.

In horses, nutraceuticals are widely used to manage and slow disease progression for both synovitis and osteoarthritis. However, “the efficacy of nutraceuticals remains controversial, and the quality of scientific studies is generally low,” explained Eline Van de Water, a PhD student and veterinarian at the Ghent University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at in Belgium. “In this era of evidence-based medicine, it is important that nutraceuticals are evaluated in well-designed and controlled experiments.”

To gain a better understanding of nutraceuticals’ efficacy in treating experimentally induced acute synovitis, Van de Water and colleagues tested two specific: Cavalor ArtiTec Liquid (Nutriquine NV, Belgium, which contains glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate sodium from shark cartilage, MSM, boswellic acid dry extract, Ananas comosus extract, L-glutamine, feverfew dry extract, and hyaluronic acid) and Hydro-P (Sonac BV, The Netherlands, which contains porcine collagen hydrolysate).

“We were pleasantly surprised that these nutraceuticals significantly decreased joint inflammation and, hence, may be useful in preventing the development of osteoarthritis,” Van de Water said

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Katie Navarra has worked as a freelance writer since 2001. A lifelong horse lover, she owns and enjoys competing a dun Quarter Horse mare.

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