Matrix 5 H/A
Style #: 64721484
- Med-Vet Pharmaceuticals
- Comprehensive joint support
- Does not require a loading dose
- Appropriate for horses in moderate to heavy work
- Provides support for maintaining healthy joints
- Concentrated apple flavored pellets
Provides (Per 2 oz serving): 10,000 mg glucosamine; 125 mg hyaluronic acid; 2,500 mg chondroitin sulfate; 10,000 mg MSM; 1,600 mg Ester-C®; 2,500 mg Yucca; plus zinc, manganese, and vitamin E.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
(Enclosed measure approximates 2 oz based on density of product.)
Adult Horses (900-1,100 lbs): Provide 3 oz daily during high level stress and/or working conditions.
For lower maintenance level, provide 1/2 measure twice daily.
Glucosamine is the building block of chondroitin sulfate, a specific type of polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (GAG). Current research suggests glucosamine has two beneficial actions in joints. Not only does it increase the production of new GAGs and therefore new cartilage, glucosamine has also been shown to inhibit the free radicals and enzymes that break down cartilage. This small but complex molecule has an important role in both the production and protection of joints.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Nourishes cartilage and joint fluid, providing both lubrication and shock absorption.Hyaluronic acid is what makes joint fluid "sticky" because it is known to protect cells in the joint, HA is especially useful during periods of high-level joint stress.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) Assists body to produce its own internal antioxidants which helps support natural inflammatory response by providing protection against oxidative stress. It is a great source of sulfur, which plays an important role in maintaining the health of collagen, cartilage, hooves, hair and joint fluid.
Chondroitin Sulfate supports production of new cartilage and inhibits breakdown, helping to support a natural inflammatory response lending to overall joint comfort.
Yucca is an herb native to North and Central America used by ancient and modern civilizations to address musculoskeletal discomfort. Active ingredients have been isolated from Yucca that have shown to have antioxidant properties and promote a natural inflammatory response.
Ester-C (calcium ascorbate) is a unique patented ascorbate complex bound with calcium carbonate. Ester- C® is naturally processed in purified water without the use of alcohol or acetone solvents. This makes Ester-C® a more readily available, readily absorbed form of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect the tissues of the body and also important in the production of connective tissues like tendons and ligaments.Ester-C® has up to 4X more metabolic activity than standard vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
Zinc (Zn) is a micromineral involved in over 100 enzyme systems ranging from support of connective tissue formation and antioxidants to carbohydrate metabolism and immune system function. It is most recognized for its role in healthy skin and hooves. Supplementation should be considered because amounts in normal feedstuffs may not meet requirements.
Manganese (Mn) is a micromineral essential for bone formation, growth and reproduction. It is also essential in carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Supplementation should be considered because not all diets provide the same levels of manganese. It is among the least toxic of the trace minerals, and it plays an important role in young growing horses as well as active performance horses.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol) is considered the most important antioxidant and works closely with selenium to protect the body from the oxidative stress of exercise, illness and certain medical conditions. Found in high amounts in fresh pasture, levels begin to decay the moment pasture is cut for hay. That is why any horse that does not have access to grass, regardless of its activity level or health, should receive vitamin E supplementation. Horses are not very efficient in storing vitamin E and deficiency may be accelerated if the diet is deficient in selenium.
Copper (Cu) is a micromineral required to aid in the production of normal connective tissues including tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone. As a component of many enzyme systems, it is also involved in making iron available to the body for blood, in producing skin and coat pigments, in proper nerve signaling and in repairing antioxidants. Low copper levels in mares and foals have been implicated in developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) including osteochondrosis (OCD).