One of the most common questions is PROPER DOSING.
Understand, all MD’s Choice products are designed with a FLEXIBLE DOSING, which take into account certain factors specific to the individual, as well as the CURRENT level of health (and time goals).
Proper Nutrition really does depend on a few factors, such as: age, weight, location (of the problem) and severity. any other medication and treatment being used, the current activity level, exercise routine, and other physical goals can also impact proper dosing.
IF you have a serious, pre-existing, or chronic problem, you’ll need more to start with… the only question is how much more. No one wants to ‘maintain’ a problem, they want to improve it, help it heal, and have it go away when possible. So, taking a ‘maintenance dose’ will NOT HELP SOLVE A PROBLEM!
Common Sense Factors: A full grown adult may require more supplementation of specific nutrients than a youth (kids usually requires more calories, and a broader spectrum of nutrients, because kids burn more energy… and are still growing).
However, the adult may require more specific nutrients, targeting specific systems, during a healing process… merely because they have a larger body and potentially years of ‘wear and tear.’
A large body will often need more than a small body.
An active body will use more than a sedentary body.
A body with an existing problem, will require more supplementation (during the healing process) than an otherwise healthy body.
Most bodies can usually drop to a ‘maintenance level’ dose within a few weeks, (though some more serious issues, and spinal problems often take months; sometimes as much as one to three years for some of the most serious issues). Real improvement is not fast. Things like cartilage usually takes 18 to 24 months just to lay down 1/32th of an inch of new cartilage.
The starting dose mostly depends on the body size, and level of damage, but the other factors do play a part. CALL US IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS.
Some other medications and treatments may also impact the initial starting dose… negatively or positively. For example, if a horse is doing a 5 or 7 shot series of Adequan, a person can usually drop two ‘levels’ with our Gluquestrian product for that horse (because Adequan will usually help act as a ‘loading dose’ for our oral supplement).
As tactless or mean as it sounds, the reality is that a person needs to determine what is more important (TO THEM) – Time or Money, or just killing pain. Because each has potentially has a different dosing recommendation, requirements, and options… depending on the individual problem and goals.
Two things are sure
~ no one really wants to ‘maintain’ a problem, so why start with a ‘maintenance dose’ expecting a difference in a short time? And,
~ if there is a problem, you’ll absolutely need to start at a higher dose for a few weeks to months, and actually give the body the necessary time to fix itself when possible…
As the healing occurs, YOU USUALLY CAN BACK OFF (the dosage), working your way down to a maintenance, or even preventive, level dose over time. As the problem goes away or significantly lessens, fewer nutrients are necessary to maintain the health (unless there is an injury, genetic issue, or chronic disease… those issues will usually require more, for longer).
Another interesting thing we’ve seen over the last 20+ years… bodies ON OUR PRODUCT generally heal about 20 to 40% quicker if surgery or a more aggressive treatment is necessary AND THEY REMAIN ON OUR PRODUCT through the their recovery process. All orthopedic surgeon’s using our product have their patients on the product prior to the surgery, and tell them to remain on it (reducing the dose in a few months). Many actually send them home with product and specific instructions… because they’ve witnessed the difference our products make in their patients recovery, and the benefits to the OTHER JOINTS!
Starting with a maintenance dose hoping to ‘treat’ a problem, is silly at best. Start off with the NECESSARY dosing level for the individual needs, supplying the nutrients to the body (in forms it can readily use) to actually promote healing and improved health.
We’re talking PURE NUTRITION, not drugs… it is not instant!
One Size Fits ALL is Ineffective
Sadly, since the 60’s it seems that ‘fast food’ – ‘quick results’ and ‘easy dosing’ is expected by many… wrongly buying into the marketing fallacy that such things as ‘one a day’ is really effectively possible, or optimum, just because some company’s marketing says it is. The misinformation allows less ethical companies to promote falsehoods.
It’s science, common sense, and reality. A triathlon competitor might require 4,000+ calories, whereas a normal adult might sustain perfectly on just 2,000 to 2,500 calories, and a sedentary elderly person may need only 1200 to 1,500 calories (with any more than that causing unwanted weight gain, or other health issues).
As we age, digesting food becomes more difficult. Also, which nutrients and the amounts our bodies most need can also change. PH level in the gut plays a vital roll in nutrition. The PH normally raises from about 2.2 as a child (very acidic – can melt crayons), to 3.5-4.5 as a young adult to middle age. Then it often jumps to around a Ph level of 5-5.5, even 6, for geriatrics. Remember, 7 is ‘neutral’ and like water, doesn’t have the acids necessary to ‘break anything down’ (or apart) in the food we eat. Since digestive juices are a necessary part of our health, especially as we age, when we are more prone to having problems (due to aging, over use, abuse, and injury). Nutrition absolutely impacts hormones, the immune system, and helps us deal with sickness, and even diseases.
A physically active – still growing 16 year old that is 6ft, requires considerably more calories than a sometimes active, but otherwise healthy 6ft male age 45, and both require much more, and different nutrients, than a 5ft 2in sedentary woman in her 70s. It’s all science, logic, and reality… that is somewhat flexible, based on the specifics to the individuals.
‘One size fits all’ seldom does, especially where nutrition is concerned.
It has also been proven that factors, such as how you eat your food will influence how many nutrients and calories can actually get into your system. The longer you chew your food, the more calories the body retains, a team from Purdue University found.
How Long Does It Last?
For this example, we’ll use the Gluquestrian 1,100g Powder product:
First, understand, this same product is used for virtually all mammals, including people. We specifically, and purposefully, use human grade ingredients… and have it manufactured in a human grade, FDA inspected, cGMP certified, facilities.
One level scoop (which is 1tsp) = 4 capsules = 4 beefy chewables.
If there is no problem, the goal is preventive, helping the joints be the best they can be… the horse is either young (without problems) OR usually under about 10 years old, and isn’t being worked real hard or competed on… then a 1000g container (which has approximately 240 scoops) lasts up to 240 days. (Level 1 – preventive… no current issues).
An older 800-1000lb horse, with moderate signs of arthritis, not being ridden hard, would be at a maintenance dose of about 2 scoops a day, lasts up to 120 days. (Level 2- average maintenance dose).
Whereas, that same 800-1000lb horse, with severe joint issues or injury… that isn’t ride-able (or not without serious pain killers)… might be starting at 8 scoops a day (4 in the morning, 4 at night… though 2 scoops 3 times a day can usually accomplish about the same thing, in the same time frame). Which could make it about a 30 day supply (at 8 scoops a day, or 45 day supply at 6 scoops a day)… during the treatment period (usually 4 to 12 weeks, depending on the issue). Level 5 – severe issue, major joint injury, founder, or navicular syndrome (can’t hardly walk, climb steps/inclines, or get up or down without severe joint pain, and usually some type of help).
Understand, a ‘scoop’ is equal to 1 TEASPOON (about the size of a stack of 6 dimes)… very tiny, concentrated. No fillers, expanders, or waste. And the scoop should NOT be ‘heaping’ or ’rounded,’ but level to slightly dipped.
A body will benefit from the right nutrients, in forms it can readily use. That’s what the MD’s Choice Products supply, targeting specific systems.
The length of time a given body is at a certain dosing level really depends on the individual, the severity of the problem, the location, length of time the problem has existed, and a few other factors. The average is about 2 to 16 weeks per level, until it reaches a maintenance or preventive level.
As healing occurs, the dosage can be reduced… often to a maintenance (or even preventive dose) within a few weeks (or months).
If there was a problem, step the dosing down slowly… don’t reduce the dose by more than one level every couple weeks. If everything appears to be good, drop ONE scoop (or capsule, or chewable) per day (stay at that level for a week or two). If things are still good, drop another for a week or two… and keep doing that until you’re either at a maintenance dose OR things appear to get worse, in which case you jump them back up to the level that was working for them last for at least 2 to 6 more weeks, then try working them down again.
So, if you’re at 6 scoops a day, and all is well, drop to 5 scoops (2.5 and 2.5) for a couple weeks.
Still good in a week or two at that dose? Try going to 4 scoops (2 and 2). Most horses will maintain at 1 or 2 scoops a day off season, 2 or 3 when they are regularly being ridden or competing.
If, at any time, after dropping a scoop (a day) things get worse… bounce them BACK UP to the previous level for 2 to 4 weeks, before trying to reduce levels again.
IF they get a new injury, increase the levels appropriately for at least 2 to 4 weeks.
If there wasn’t a problem – or it was minor, after the initial ‘loading dose,’ you can safely drop them to the maintenance (or, if they are young and not having chronic problems, a preventive dose).
In general, here is the scoop on Gluquestrian (Arthrosamine Beefy Chewables, and Arthrosamine Capsules):
The Following are guidelines to help you get started and determine a bodies joint health level (to start with):
Level 1: NO CURRENT JOINT ISSUES, Low to Medium risk, young fast-growing body.
(1 scoop – chewable – or capsule per day)
Level 2: Juvenile to Middle Age (for the species) with mild joint issues, those that can get around well… without limping or obvious pain issues, WITHOUT using painkillers and are not competing. (2 scoops – chewables – capsules per day)
Level 3: Bodies with moderate joint issues, those that are usable, but often experience joint popping, trouble with change-ups or limping after riding (running, climbing stairs, getting up & down, walking briskly, having lameness issues, and obvious soreness).
(4 scoops – chewables – capsules per day)
Level 4: Bodies with serious joint problems or injuries, those that cannot be ridden easily (or carry weight – if a dog or person) safely without painkillers.
(6 scoops – chewables – capsules per day)
Level 5: Bodies with extreme joint problems, those that should not be ridden at all (have serious restrictions, of dog or person). Then it’s recommended that you contact us to determine the proper dosage.
(8 scoops – chewables – capsules per day).
As with all nutrition, it’s suggested to break it into at least 2 doses per day – morning and night. If possible, especially when there is a serious problem, three times a day is even better… and more nutrients will be used by the body more efficiently… often, if the dose can be split up into 3 times a day CONSISTENTLY, the dose can usually be reduced by about 20 to 25% with the same results and time frame… so 2 three times (6) a day would be equal to 4 twice a day(8)).
Glucosamine Sulphate 2KCl is the basic building block of all cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and joint fluid which is vital for joint health. It is the highest quality and most bio-available form of Glucosamine available.
MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane) supplies biologically active sulfur, which is required to build joint cartilage and connective tissues & improves lubrication.
Manganese has been found to be essential in the formation of skeletal cartilage and is require in the biological chemicals that use Glucosamine.
Ascorbate (vitamin C) is used in this product for ingredient stability & product shelf life.
Gluquestrian does NOT contain Chondroitin Sulphate. Studies have show that when taken orally, only 10% to 30% of Chondroitin Sulphate is absorbed, whereas up to 98% of Glucosamine Sulphate is absorbed.
This product does NOT contain CetylM (CetylMeristoloate). Cetylated fatty acids are a group of naturally occurring fats. They include cetyl myristoleate, cetyl myristate, cetyl palmitoleate, cetyl laureate, cetyl palmitate, and cetyl oleate. Cetyl myristoleate usually receives the most attention. Many products that contain cetyl myristoleate also contain a mixture of these other cetylated fatty acids. The science on this ingredient tend to lean more toward a pain blocker or symptom inhibitor.
This product does NOT contain Oral H A (Hyaluronic acid, which is also known as hyaluronate, also called hyaluronan, and is an anionic, nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan), or any other painkillers. Another important scientific note: Hyaluronic acid is also a component of the group A streptococcal extracellular capsule, and is believed to play a role in virulence. (Just wrap your head around that one). Further, Hyaluronic acid is also a major component of skin, where it is involved in tissue repair. When skin is exposed to excessive UVB rays, it becomes inflamed (sunburn) and the cells in the dermis stop producing as much hyaluronan, and increase the rate of its degradation. Hyaluronan degradation products then accumulate in the skin after UV exposure. In some cancers, hyaluronic acid levels correlate well with malignancy and poor prognosis. Hyaluronic acid is, thus, often used as a tumor marker for prostate and breast cancer. It may also be used to monitor the progression of the disease. In some cancers, hyaluronic acid levels correlate well with malignancy and poor prognosis. The various types of molecules that interact with hyaluronan can contribute to many of the stages of cancer metastasis, i.e. further the spread of cancer. Hyaluronic acid synthases (HAS) play roles in all of the stages of cancer metastasis. By producing anti-adhesive HA, HAS can allow tumor cells to release from the primary tumor mass, and if HA associates with receptors such as CD44, the activation of Rho GTPases can promote epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of the cancer cells. During the processes of intravasation or extravasation, the interaction of HAS produced HA with receptors such as CD44 or RHAMM promote the cell changes that allow for the cancer cells to infiltrate the vascular or lymphatic systems. While traveling in these systems, HA produced by HAS protects the cancer cell from physical damage. Finally, in the formation of a metastatic lesion, HAS produces HA to allow the cancer cell to interact with native cells at the secondary site and to produce a tumor for itself. (Bharadwaj AG, Kovar JL, Loughman E, Elowsky C, Oakley GG, Simpson MA (2009). “Spontaneous metastasis of prostate cancer is promoted by excess hyaluronan synthesis and processing”. Am. J. Pathol. 174 (3): 1027–36. PMC 2665762 Freely accessible. PMID 19218337. doi:10.2353/ajpath.2009.080501)
The MD’s Choice joint products are also guaranteed to work more effectively than liquids. However, the MD’s Choice products do NOT HAVE any of the painkillers & masking agents (herbal pain killers and symptom blockers) the liquids people do claim ‘work’ are filled with. Remember, just because they ‘appear’ to be in less pain does NOT MEAN they are healing! The true test is reduced swelling, improved range of motion, speed, flexibility, AND physically healthier joint tissue.
Questions: Realistically, to really help you, we need some answers. (adjust for species).
- WHERE is the the problem?
- How bad are they (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being unbearable)
How old (age)?
Size (height & weight)?
- Under what type of circumstances does the problem happen?
- Is it repeatable and consistently happening, or just occasionally?
- How is the body being used? casual, athletic, working (specifics)
- How often is that joint (area) being used? (An athlete working out and competing will often need more support than someone only occasionally exercising, verses someone that never stretches or works out).
- For horses: How often are you having her trimmed? How is (s)he trimmed? Anything special? Shoed – or barefoot?
- For people: what type of shoes are most often worn during a normal week? How much time is spent sitting (car, home, office)?
- Any x-rays or ultra sound on the afflicted joint(s)?
- Anything unique or abnormal about the affected area?
- Any other medication or treatments, or supplements, tried?
Any other details or points you think might be important?
MD’s Choice is the only supplement company that provides PURE Nutrition (no herbs) with the most important human-grade nutrients and offers guaranteed results or your money back! That isn’t limited to 1 container, 30 days, or some hoop jump set of impossibilities many of our competitors employ.
We use the products ourselves, our family & friends use these products. MD’s Choice sincerely cares about the quality, consistency, safety, effectiveness, and function of our products. We hope all this matters to you, and are thankful for the 90+% of people that honestly try our product for 3 containers that also notices the difference.
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