Product Data Sheet
During training or competition, every step a horse takes puts pressure on the joints. Coupled with long periods of confinement, activity cycles can lead to stressed and fatigued joints and muscles. As a natural preventive, horse owners are now including a joint support product in their horse’s diet well before a problem occurs.
Joint health represents the number one condition-specific category for horses and it focuses on two ingredients – glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. In recent years these two ingredients have come under scrutiny due to their lack of proven success. For this reason, ForeFront Equine has focused on developing a cutting-edge joint support product using ingredients with proven benefits.
Joint Support from ForeFront Equine offers one of the most comprehensive equine joint products on the market with these cutting-edge ingredients:
Curcumin – Daily wear and tear of the joints leads to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which leads to the breakdown of joint cartilage. Restricted movement soon follows. Curcumin has a long history of medicinal use due to its antioxidant properties. The science around curcumin has increased dramatically with over 7,000 studies currently in PubMed (database of scientific publications). Scientists believed that curcumin’s benefits arise from its ability to reduce free radicals in the osteo-cartilaginous tissue. Curcumin is not only beneficial, it also comes without the side effects experienced by more than half of those who take pharmaceutical painkillers. ForeFront Equine is one of the first equine companies to incorporate curcumin in our equine product line. It is technology like this that makes ForeFront Equine a leader in equine nutrition.
Egg Membrane – Comprised of collagen, elastin, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid – the building blocks of connective tissue – natural egg membrane is a great ingredient to promote joint health. Collagen is a fibrous protein critical to cartilage strength and elasticity. Elastin is a protein critical to skin, cardiovascular, cartilage, and spinal column health. Elastin gives tissue the elastic tension and ability to resume its shape after stretching. One clinical research study with fifty-seven (57) canines with limited joint mobility demonstrated positive changes within 7 days; all subjects exhibited increased activity and mobility by the conclusion of the 28-day study. ForeFront Equine is the first equine company to combine curcumin with egg membrane.
MSM – MSM is a naturally occurring nutrient found in small amounts in a variety of foods. Published research shows MSM to be safe and successful in promoting joint comfort and supporting a normal range of motion in animals.
The sulfur in MSM helps promote flexibility and elasticity of body tissue and helps maintain cell membrane permeability. MSM also acts as a powerful antioxidant, scavenging free radicals and aiding in muscle function and joint fluid production.
MSM (known as methylsulfonylmethane) is directly involved in the production of collagen, which affects the elasticity of skin, joints, and muscle tissue. But perhaps most profoundly, MSM does seem to significantly support flexibility, allowing for the ease of motion that helps your equine athlete stay on course!
The MSM used by ForeFront Equine is manufactured exclusively in the United States, where the purity is carefully monitored and controlled to the highest standards. Horse owners can be assured they are getting the highest quality MSM available.
BeneCell is well-documented in over 200 clinical and field studies for its overall support in animal diets. BeneCell is a proprietary blend of purified nucleotides and other essential nutrients.
Nucleotides play a critical role in the body by accelerating the cell proliferation process (cell regeneration). Cell regeneration allows an animal to recover much quicker from any type of stress it is under (performance, illness, disease, injury, etc.).
BeneCell‘s huge success is due to the fact that the added nucleotides facilitate an accelerated immune response within an organism. Supplementary nucleotides help the body produce cells rapidly as required during times of stress (i.e. joint damage) and when it is challenged by infection or disease. At these times, the body’s requirement for nucleotides from dietary sources is much greater, and most diets are deficient in meeting this requirement.
The use of nucleotides is a natural approach in helping the body’s natural biological processes work as well as evolution has designed them to, so it can reach its full potential.
BeneCell is used worldwide in both animal and human products for a wide range of applications. We are confident that you and your horse will experience similar positive results while using Joint Support from ForeFront Equine.
Colostrum – As nature’s first food, colostrum supplies immune and growth factors along with a perfect combination of vitamins and minerals to support overall health. Colostrum has applications for every age, stage of life, and level of activity.
Although it is best known for its digestive properties, colostrum also contains a peptide called LMW that offers tremendous value for joint support.
Also, colostrum is the only natural source of insulin-like growth factor, which supports cartilage and collagen production. This helps cushion joints allowing for more flexibility and ease of motion.
The colostrum used by ForeFront Equine comes from a proprietary treatment process that is recognized and approved by federal authorities and international product safety organizations. Gentle thermal processing techniques provide assurance against microbial contamination, while protecting superior immunoglobulin content, specific antibodies, growth factors, and other valuable components found within colostrum.
Boswellia – Boswellia is a naturally occurring form of anti-inflammatory which is derived from the resin of the Boswellia Tree, it is most commonly known as Frankincense. Boswellia has been used for its anti-inflammatory properties for thousands of years. Recent research has shown that Boswellia along with its active ingredient boswellic acid offers extremely potent anti-inflammatory properties and in many cases replaces the need for less natural painkillers like NSAID’s. Boswellia has shown to be particularly helpful with arthritis.
Probiotic/Prebiotic Equine Blend – The performance and health of your horse is dependent upon the proper balance of digestive tract bacteria. Probiotics play a critical role in your horse’s diet by helping to ensure a healthy digestive tract, enhancing the immune system and defending against pathogenic agents in the digestive tract. ForeFront Equine is the first equine company to use this unique Equine Specific Probiotic Blend.
The intestinal tract encompasses one of the most diverse microbial settings ever discovered. Dependent on the life style and/or types of nutrition, the digestive tract could be subjected to minor or major alterations with possible vulnerability to disease. Thus, any disruption in the inherent nature of the GIT environment can inadvertently have unfavorable and irreparable, even tragic, consequences. Today, “good” bacteria known as probiotics are used to maintain the microbial balance of the GIT ecosystem.
Experts agree that persistent viability of probiotics within the GIT is crucial to overall health, and the important factor here is that the “good” bacteria used in supplementation must be specific to the species. In animal supplements, the probiotic strains typically used are either human or bovine derived. These are considered non-indigenous (foreign) as they are extracted from a non-species source.
Indigenous probiotic bacteria can tolerate the harsh conditions of the GIT (Iyer et al., 2005), while non-indigenous bacteria are unable to endure such harsh conditions. The introduction of non-indigenous probiotics into the intestine can lead to some alterations in the microorganism environment resulting in the emergence of metabolic syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and other disorders in a short- or long-term period (Barzegari, 2014).
For this reason, ForeFront Equine is using a novel probiotic blend that includes two equine specific probiotic strains – Lactobacillus fermentum and Lactobacillus salivarius. These indigenous strains were cultured directly from horses (in a non-harmful manner). Since they are host specific they can withstand the rigors of the equine digestive tract. Each digestive tract (human or animal) has a different pH, temperature, and ecosystem. Supplementing your horses’ diet with a host specific strain greatly increases the likelihood of those strains surviving in your equine athlete’s complex digestive ecosystem.