Glucosamine vs. Nzymes® Antioxidant Support
Benefits of Nzymes Antioxidant Treats vs. Glucosamine Use
We get many calls here at NZYMES on a daily basis from people regarding a wide variety of dog joint health issues. This makes sense of course, since our site is riddled with story after story of dogs who had once been plagued with some type of joint related problem, only to find their answer with NZYMES® Antioxidant Treats or Sprouted Granules.
One Question that routinely comes up again and again is, “How are Nzymes different from Glucosamine?” That is a fair question, and one we are always happy to answer. The two products have their similarities, and their differences. It is important to note that these two types of supplements are not competing with one another, but actually complementing each other. While both of these items are helpful to the joints, they are acting on different mechanisms in the body. Another commonly asked question along these lines is, “My dog is currently taking a glucosamine product. Is it safe to give him Nzymes too?” My answer is always a resounding YES! I will provide more details as this article unfolds.
To fully understand what each product is bringing to the table in an effort to provide help, we need to take a look at Why there is a problem to start with. Joint degradation generally begins with the breakdown of the lubricating substance surrounding the joint capsule known as Synovial Fluid. In layman’s terms, the synovial fluid is performing two primary jobs. It provides lubrication for greater ease in joint movement, and it provides hydraulic action in keeping the ends of the bones from rubbing together. Here is an illustration of a healthy joint capsule.
Note how the synovial fluid (purple) is creating a barrier between the ends of the bones. When the synovial fluid breaks down and becomes compromised, the hydraulic action, and the lubrication begin to diminish, resulting in lesser ease of movement and more bone-on-bone contact. When that occurs, pain, stiffness and inflammation follow. Eventually, even the cartilage at the ends of the bones can become damaged. Please see the next illustration:
Now that we’ve outlined the problem, the question remains on what to do about it. Let’s start with Glucosamine.
What do Glucosamine products do?
First, the layman must understand that there are a multitude of Glucosamine based products on the market. They range in effectiveness from very good, to almost nil. There are about 3 or 4 brands out there that I have personally recommended. They have a long track record, and a good reputation. These 3 or 4 top brands have certain ingredients in common.
- Glucosamine/Chondroitin – to help re-build cartilage
- MSM (Nutritional Sulfur) – to naturally reduce inflammation.
- Hyaluronic Acid – to help lubricate connective tissues.
So, in short, this approach is about helping to repair the damaged cartilage while lowering inflammation for greater ease of movement.
What do the NZYMES Antioxidant products do?
Whether you choose the Antioxidant Treats or the Sprouted Granules (main ingredient IN the Treats), Nzymes’ approach is all about providing a resource to the body, missing from all pet foods. Once consumed, the Treats or Granules will help facilitate the natural production of Antioxidant Enzymes. Enzymes like Super-oxide Dismutase, Catalase and others work at the cellular level to “carry out the garbage” that has accumulated in the body’s systems. The Synovial fluid is greatly affected by this enzymatic process, restoring its viscosity and hydraulic function. At the same time, the antioxidant enzymes also work on the processes of inflammation, allowing for more pain-free movement.
What makes NZYMES Superior to Glucosamine?
If the story stopped there, one would conclude the two are pretty comparable – but it doesn’t. The original question was “How are Nzymes different from Glucosamine?” Since antioxidant enzymes work at the cellular level, cellular performance is enhanced throughout the entire body. Here are some OTHER areas that are enhanced by Nzymes, but not by Glucosamine.
- Increased Energy
- Improved Digestion
- Improved Skin and Coat
- Decreased Shedding
- Speedier Recovery
- Improved Ocular Health
- Improved Neurological Function
As you can see, due to the scope of how antioxidant enzymes perform in the body, it is impossible to limit their activity to the joints alone. This is one reason our customers remark on how their dogs are “rejuvenated” or “puppy-like” again. These are benefits that a Glucosamine product cannot offer.
Authored by Mike Stansbury
Operations Manager, NZYMES.COM