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    hyaluronic acid vs MSM

    What is the difference and what would you use? The vet told me to use something with MSM in it but I forgot to ask about hyaluronic acid. Thanks!

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    HA will increase viscosity of joint fluid, MSM will actually maintain and help build certain cartilages back up.

    IMO give him both, the HA will make him feel comfortable and increase shock absorption in the joint. If you keep him on MSM long enough (and i mean years) you will notice improvement. Since joints are avascular and cartilage take AGES to rebuild (again i mean years, maybe a lifetime) you should keep him on MSM, it will stop the degeneration of cartilage anyways if it doesnt start to rebuild.
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    LOL the guy I am looking into this for is about 23 so I dont know if the MSM will do a lot of good I guess. I will try to find one with both do you recomend any with both

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    MSM can help reduce arthritis pain. HA can also help joints function more smoothly. IMO, the two supplements, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin, all work well in concert with each other for joint support.

    The recommended dose for MSM is generally cited as 10,000 mg/day for horses.

    For HA, it seems to vary, and the various products prescribe different dosage rates. I have had excellent results giving my horse 100 mg oral HA in the form of liquid or gel Conquer. He has some arthritis and also had some edema in a hock due to an acute strain, and the Conquer helped him heal much more quickly.

    Chondroitin and glucosamine are the supps that will actually provide more support of maintenance of any cartilage. I've always read that you can't rebuild cartilage, only maintain what might be left in the joint.
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    MSM does not maintain/build cartilage. It's benefit is reducing inflammation. So, MSM and HA are in vastly different worlds. They could be used alone or be quite complimentary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBandRio View Post
    MSM does not maintain/build cartilage. It's benefit is reducing inflammation. So, MSM and HA are in vastly different worlds. They could be used alone or be quite complimentary.
    Oh shoot, i was thinking polysulfated glycosaminoglycan and i typed MSM, wow i gotta stop typing on here so late at night

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    MSM has actually proven to be more beneficial at higher doses, as much as 20 grams initially. After results are seen you can try reducing the dosage- especially if you're combining it with other joint supplements. Horses can be kept on the higher doses indefinitely, though.
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