Healthy joints are not only important in the ability of dogs to perform well, but also for the comfort of dogs in routine movements such as walking, climbing stairs, and rising.
Leg joints, responsible for movement, are made up of a joint cavity filled with synovial fluid, a synovial membrane, and particular cartilage. The particular cartilage acts as a shock absorber and a smooth gliding surface for bones within the joint. The synovial fluid acts as both a lubricant and a source of nutrition for the cartilage. Joint health depends on the continued health of this cartilage.
Glucosamine and chondroitin—together with MSM, tart cherry juice, hylauronic acid, boswellia extract, and bromelain—are the key ingredients which make up DR. MOLLÉ'S JOINT REBOUND™, the most complete formula on the planet.
Glucosamine Chondroitin Blend:
Cartilage is a matrix made up of collagen, hyaluronic acid (component of synovial fluid), and glycosaminoglycans. Because of the mechanical forces of movement and weight bearing, these components are constantly being replenished in order to maintain strength and resilience. This rebuilding process creates a large demand for the building blocks utilized in this process.
Two major building blocks for cartilage synthesis are glucosamine and chondroitin. Glucosamine is responsible for the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and glycosaminoglycans within the joint. Chondroitin, while being one of the major gylcosaminoglycans, also acts to inhibit degradative enzymes that promote the breakdown of cartilage. If these building blocks are not available in adequate levels, the process will break down and eventually lead to degenerative joint disease.
MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane):
MSM is a natural sulfur-containing compound that is produced in the body and is a major component in many of the body’s proteins, tissues, hormones, and enzymes. Sulfur also plays a role in detoxification of the liver. Because MSM can inhibit pain, promote blood flow, and reduce inflammation of the tissues, it has been researched for use as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory treatment.
MSM occurs naturally in foods, providing an important source of sulfur, which is needed by humans, plants, and animals to support daily functions. However, MSM is often destroyed during food processing; the dietary supplement provided by DR. MOLLÉ'S JOINT REBOUND™ can remedy this.
Tart Cherry Juice:
Cherries are rich in powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins. Studies show that anthocyanins have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Cherries are among the richest sources of anthocyanins. Joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation may be relieved by consuming tart cherries or cherry juice daily, which was a determining factor in the inclusion of tart cherry juice (in the form of tart cherry powder) in DR. MOLLÉ'S JOINT REBOUND™, as well as in Mrs. Mollé’s Marvelous Morsels (see How to Use).
An added benefit of cherries are flavonoids that are known to be effective in preventing certain diseases and aid in removing toxins from the body. The rich color of tart cherries indicates the high concentration of flavonoids.
Hyaluronic acid is present in every tissue of the body. It is most concentrated in the synovial fluid surrounding joints, which acts as a lubricant, shock absorber, and a nutrient carrier. A primary function of hyaluronic acid is to provide nutrients and remove waste from cells that do not have a direct blood supply, such as cartilage cells. Cartilage is immersed in the synovial fluid and is a fibrous connective tissue. Cartilage is avascular, meaning it contains no blood vessels. With a lower than adequate amount of hyaluronic acid, nutrients cannot be moved into cells and waste cannot be eliminated.
The extract of the boswellia plant has traditionally been used as a remedy for arthritis and is still used today to promote joint health and maintain mobility. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and increases blood flow to joints, improving mobility and limiting stiffness. Boswellia extract is an easy-on-the-stomach alternative to medicines like aspirin and ibuprophen.
Bromelain harnesses the key anti-inflammatory compound found in pineapples. Extract from the stem has been shown to act as an effective natural anti-inflammatory that reduces pain and swelling, improves joint mobility, and promotes tissue repair. This is primarily made up of a digestive enzyme but also contains enzymes such as peroxidase and acid phosphatase, as well as calcium. However, it is bromelain which has been clinically proven to ease joint pain and discomfort.
Because of their ability to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain in joints, both boswellia and bromelain are effective nutritional supplements. Pets suffering from arthritis and other joint problems benefit from both supplements, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin.
Just as important, what is NOT in the formula for DR. MOLLÉ'S JOINT REBOUND™?
NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs):
The widespread use of NSAIDS has meant that the adverse effects of these drugs have become increasingly prevalent. The two main adverse drug reactions associated with NSAIDs relate to gastrointestinal and renal effects of the agents.
Although steroids may be effective in reducing inflammation and swelling, symptoms of such are usually relieved for short periods of time by masking the pain, which could result in further joint damage.
Steroids can be extremely useful in veterinary medicine. However, they are potent medications and must be used carefully to avoid possible side effects:
Wheat and Corn:
As with humans, some dogs are prone to allergic reactions. These can occur when coming into contact with certain food ingredients or elements in nature. Most wheat allergies are a result of ingesting food made with a wheat base. The substitutes for wheat-based foods are usually corn or meat-based products, although some dogs may be allergic to chicken or corn products as well. With this in mind, DR. MOLLÉ'S JOINT REBOUND™ is a wheat-free, corn-free, hypo-allergenic supplement.
Artificial Colors, Flavors, and Preservatives:
Dogs are colorblind. There is no need to add artificial colors to entice them. As for artificial flavors, the addition is little more than added fat and artificial taste sensation for your pets that's generally lacking in terms of nutrition and efficient digestibility. And it is important to remember that the safety of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives—all are chemical compounds—should always be in question. Some are known to cause disease, including cancer.