Vetri-science laboratories produce Glycoflex. Glycoflex provides joint health maintenance for puppies and dogs throughout their lives. There are three stage formulas: basic, intermediate, and advanced. It is also available for cats. The basic stage I is recommended by veterinarians for puppies and dogs with an early need for joint support.
Intermediate stage II is recommended for adult and maturing dogs, for sporting and working breeds. It helps support normal joint function as part of a follow-up to orthopedic surgery. The advanced stage III glycoflex is recommended for dogs in need of maximum support for structure and function of joints. It provides advanced support for joint and connective tissue health, for geriatric, retired, working and sporting breeds, and contains antioxidants which protect against free radical damage.
The feline Glycoflex provides a joint health maintenance program for cats throughout their lives and is a comprehensive support for joint and connective tissue health.
What are the benefits of the ingredients found in Glycoflex? GlyComega from New Zealand is produced under strict government regulated standards to ensure quality and purity. The GlyComega is an edible species of shellfish that can be freeze-dried into a concentrated powder. It is rich in amino acids (building blocks that make up connective tissue), polypeptides, chelated minerals, fatty acids (essential for producing and rebuilding new cells), glycosaminoglycans. These make up the core of connective tissue, and vitamins and the nucleic acids RNA and DNA.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What role do amino acids play? They support the growth and development of all body tissues. Amino acids (valine, isoleucine, and leucine) provide energy directly to muscle tissue.
- What are chelated minerals and why are they important? A chelated mineral is one that is attached to a protein molecule and thereby helps the body effectively absorb the mineral. Minerals like manganese and calcium are important to bone and joint health.
- What role do fatty acids play? Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids support joint health, immune system function, and skin health.
- What are glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and why are they important? GAGs are the principal components of cartilage and synovial fluid found in the joint. They have been referred to as the “glue of life” as they help hold together connective tissues like collagen, tendons, and ligaments. GAGs are essential for maintaining the shock absorbency of joints.
- What is glucosamine? It is an amino sugar produced in the body that provides a key building block for the synthesis of GAGs and proteoglycans. Glucosamine is found in the tissues of tendons, ligaments, cartilage, synovial fluid, skin, heart valves, and the eye. A high level of GAGs enables the joints to hold more water thereby increasing flexibility, cushioning ability, and resiliency. Glucosamine makes up fifty percent of hyaluronic acid, which is the principal GAG found in synovial fluid.
- What is methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)? It is a source of organic sulfur and can act as a building unit for sulfur-containing constituents. Sulfur is an essential mineral found in various compounds and structures in the body such as collagen, hormones, and immune-globulins (proteins with antibody activity). Sulfur as part of MSM helps the body to maintain good cell membrane flexibility and permeability. This allows for the exchange of nutrients into and toxins out of the cell. It is also involved in the formation of collagen. MSM provides organic sulfur for amino acids used to create new cells. Unfortunately, the concentration of organic sulfur in the body can be reduced through the normal aging process and stress.
- What is dimethylglycine (DMG)? It is a versatile health-building factor that can help animals maintain a strong immune system. Dimethylglycine is a natural amino acid found in the body. DMG supplies methyl groups for modification, building and detoxifying many constituents in the body, and acts as an antioxidant.
- What is manganese? Manganese is an essential mineral that supports many enzyme-controlled reactions. It is required for the enzyme glycosyltransferase, which is essential for the formation of collagen, GAGs, and proteoglycans. These are all components of articular cartilage. A lack of manganese can lead to insufficient production of GAGs in the joints.
- What role do antioxidants play? Antioxidants are substances that block or inhibit destructive oxidation reactions and protect against free radical damage.
- What is vitamin C (calcium ascorbate)? Calcium ascorbate is the mineral calcium combined with vitamin C (ascorbic acid). This combination is well absorbed from the digestive tract. Calcium ascorbate has been found to be very beneficial in connective tissue health. As a mineral, calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones. It is also needed to reduce muscle cramping and for muscular growth and contraction.
All of the Glycoflex products we carry are available in chewable tablets and soft chews. Each stage is a customized formulation. Glycoflex can be used in conjunction with Rimadyl, which is an anti-inflammatory medication often prescribed for limping/pain in joints. Some patients are able to reduce or even stop the Rimadyl medication and just continue with Glycoflex. Whether your pet is experiencing joint pain, is a working/breeding pet, or just had an orthopedic procedure, glycoflex is a wonderful supplement.