Description: Procartil is the liquid complementary feed conceived to maintain healthy cartilage and proper synovial fluid production. Formulated with glucosamine HCl, chondroitin sulphate, hyaluronic acid, hydrolysed collagen, ensuring a long-lasting effect, and vitamin C, Procartil helps improve the horse's cartilage resistance to mechanical stresses, thus assuring proper joint mobility. Three different scientific researches show that the glucosamine HCl and chondroitin sulphate blend has beneficial effects on the symptoms of joint conditions (27). Glucosamine's beneficial effects on joints were pointed out by Jaeschke's researches 25 years ago, in Germany (28). Further studies showed that supplementation with glucosamine in show jumping horses led to a significant decrease in intra-articular treatment with hyaluronic acid and steroids (29).
When to use Procartil: Procartil is the product conceived to improve horses' articular well-being. Particularly recommended for show jumping horses, for their joints are exposed to prolonged, frequent and intense stress, Procartil is useful to help maintain joint health.
Properties of its constituents: Each bottle of Procartil contains 150 g of chondroitin sulphate, 150 g of glucosamine and 150 g of methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM). Chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine are in charge of cartilage regeneration and protection (90). Methyl sulphonyl methane, on the other hand, is well-known for its health properties. Pratt and other researchers found out that 55% of sulphur of MSM origin is absorbed by horses and accumulated in the blood. The technique employed indicated that the MSM is probably absorbed intact (21). Moreover, MSM has effective results against arthritis and inflammatory states in general. For instance, it is administered in case of sacroiliac problems, foal's epiphysitis and allergies resistant to standard treatments (12). MSM, which is contained in vegetables, fruit and seeds, has analgesic properties (91) and is used to treat arthrosis. Procartil's beneficial effects, essential for all sporthorses, are due to MSM.
Use and dosage: Administer 5 cl (=50 ml, the first graduation mark of the bottle measuring chamber) of Procartil per day for at least 30 consecutive days (the whole bottle). First results will be evident after 7-10 days of treatment. It is recommended to use Procartil in regular cycles.
This product does not cause any adverse reaction. Nevertheless, since every organism has its own peculiarities, dietary supplements, feeds and complementary feeds should always be introduced in a horse’s diet gradually, in order to evaluate the product’s effects on the horse.