Pelleted Supplements and Joint Health

What does it mean to pellet a feed or supplement? Pelleting is simply a process in which high quality ingredients are combined into a mixture and pressed into small bite sized piecesWhat does it mean to pellet a feed or supplement? Pelleting is simply a process in which high quality ingredients are combined into a mixture and pressed into small bite sized pieces

Story originally posted by: by Jeff Butler, Prime Performance Nutritionwww.primeperformancenutrition.com

What does it mean to pellet a feed or supplement?

Pelleting is simply a process in which high quality ingredients are combined into a mixture and pressed into small bite sized pieces, which are easy for the horse to consume and absorb the nutrients from the feed or supplement.

Pelleting is a modern safe way to combine concentrated ingredients. The ingredients are easily absorbed into the horses system as a pellet and the entire formula is readily available. However, one should be careful in feeding pelleted supplements containing direct fed microbials.

It is essential that the microbials be sprayed over the finished pelleted product instead of being mixed into the formula prior to pelletizing. As a live stabilized culture, these cannot withstand pellet-press temperatures and therefore are ineffective once it becomes a finished product.

Why is a pelleted supplement better?

Pelletizing a supplement is one way to isolate specific concentrations with in a given serving. This is important when looking at formulas that include large particle size ingredients along with ingredients that are of small particle size of varying concentrations.

For example, let's look at Hyaluronic acid (HA) in a meal or liquid form joint heath combinations. Typically, the HA levels will be between 10 and 30 mg per serving and the Glucosamines, MSM and Chondroitin Sulfates levels at 1000 mg or more per serving. In order for this specific ingredient to suspend itself at the stated level, the other ingredients within the product must be of similar concentrations.

In order to be assured that the horse is receiving the stated concentrations on the label, pelleting is important. A pellet suspends the ingredients and holds them together to insure the animal is receiving a consistent and uniform level of each ingredient contained within the total formula. In a meal, or even a liquid, it is very difficult to ensure that each serving is going to consistently contain the label stated amounts of the smaller particle ingredients.

Overall Pelleted Supplement Advantages

1. Consistency of ingredients in each serving

2. Easy and accurate to measure

3. Convenient to feed and store

4. Minimal waste

5. Mixes well with a sweet or pelleted feed

6. Very palatable when made with high quality ingredients

7. Maximum utilization and absorption by the horse

Cartilage degernation takes place when the animal supplies too little Glucosamine to the joints and cartilage begins to break down. With trauma and age, the animal's ability to convert glucose and glutamine to Glucosamine declines. Glucosamine administration has the ability to stimulate the cartilage forming cell (chondrocytes) to manufacture proteoglycans.

The action mechanism for Chondroitin sulfate is by direct inhibition of the enzymes that destroy cartilage. This allows for the process of rebuilding. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is produced naturally in the body as a viscous complex with proteins forming a gel matrix and aggregates with proteoglycans in cartilage. Methylsulfonylmethane is fundamental for growth and repair of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and other connective tissues.

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