(Vita Flex Nutrition) Pour on advanced natural lubricant support with this new, easy-feeding liquid supplement of glucosamine HCl (2,500 mg/fl oz), chondroitin sulfate (875 mg/fl oz), bromelain (550 mg/fl oz), zinc, copper and manganese. Supports the production of proteoglycans, hyaluronic acid, sulfated GAGs and collagen. Choose Equinyl for a new level of comprehensive lubricant nutrition for horses facing the wear and tear of aging, training and competition.|
Directions for Use:
Pour 2 to 3 fluid ounces over food for first three to four weeks, then 1 to 2 fluid ounces for maintenance, or as directed by veterinarian.
Reseal after each use.
Glucosamine HCl, chondroitin sulfate, bromelain and trace minerals
- Just 1 oz a day provides 2,500 mg of glucosamine HCl and 875 mg of chondroitin sulfate
- Contains bromelain, an extract of pineapple which has been studied for over 40 years for the control of inflammation
- Also contains copper, zinc and manganese
- Natural lubricant body support
- Available in 1 qt, 1/2 gal and gallon sizes
An Advanced Liquid Body Lubricant Supplement for Horses
• Just 1 oz. a day provides 2,500 mg of glucosamine HCl and 875 mg of chondroitin
• Contains bromelain, an extract of pineapple, which has been studied for over 40 years
for the control of inflammation.
• Also contains copper, zinc, and manganese for natural body lubricant support.
Chondroitin and Glucosamine: A Perfect Match Many horses face wear and tear from rapid growth, aging,
training, and competition. Maintaining the horse's lubrication system is one key to successful care. Science has
found that certain ingredients are important building blocks in the horse's natural lubricants and articular cartilage.
The most important of these chondroprotective agents are glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate (CS). Together, in
liquid Equinyl, they give targeted support where horses need it most.
Water: The Ultimate Lubricant The joint friction generated by the force of the horse's body is dissipated by one
remarkably simple lubricant. The critical “squish boundary” that prevents bone contact during normal movement
is made of water, trapped by the proteoglycans (PGs) complexes of the articular cartilage. Most of the joint fluid
is water thickened by hyaluronic acid, which itself is 50% glucosamine. The slippery, compressible surface of
cartilage is maintained by the giant water-trapping molecules PGs. Nearly half of each PG is made of
glucosamine, CS, and their metabolites.
Glucosamine The body must perform a series of reactions to make glucosamine on its own. Scientists believe
this is the main “rate-limiting step” in making GAG lubricants. When additional collagens and lubricants are
needed, the rate-limited supply of glucosamine may fail to keep up with demand. Glucosamine's impact on
chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid production was first studied over forty years ago. More recently, European
scientists compared glucosamine to anti-inflammatory drugs and placebos in over a dozen successful clinical
trials. Today, thanks to extensive scientific investigation and wide use around the world, glucosamine enjoys an
excellent reputation as a useful connective tissue ingredient. Each fluid ounce serving of Equinyl supplies a
minimum of 2,500 mg glucosamine HCl.
Chondroitin Sulfates Chondroitin sulfates (CS) are part of the family of natural body lubricants called GAGs.
CS are crucial elements of cartilage. In the large PG lubricant molecules of the cartilage matrix, they trap water,
help bond collagen fibers, and fight off degradative enzymes. CS are also found in skin, blood vessels, and other
tissues. For more than forty years, research in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. has demonstrated the bioactivity of
oral CS. Several recent clinical trials, including new equine research, confirm the importance of CS for natural
lubricant support. At least 875 mg purified chondroitin sulfates are given in each one fluid ounce serving of
What's the difference between glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates? Glucosamine and CS support each
other's activity, but it's a case of “opposites attract.” Glucosamine is a simple molecule, while CS is large and
complex. Although 85 to 90% of oral glucosamine is absorbed in all species tested, almost all of it goes
immediately to the liver, where as much as 80% may be broken down. Only the glucosamine that survives this
"first pass" can go on to nourish connective tissues. CS is harder to absorb, and absorbs at different rates by
species. Biologists are still exploring the absorption of CS and the many ways it can nourish natural lubricant
systems. See our FAQs article for more information.
Bromelain From the heart and stem of the pineapple we harvest bromelain, one of the family of protease
ingredients. Also called proteolytic enzymes, these natural compounds are part of the “clean up crew” that breaks
up debris and helps restore fluid balance. Dozens of clinical and sports trials have studied proteases for their
impact on eicosanoids, the fatty acids from which the body generates prostaglandins and other inflammatory
agents. Bromelain is a robust and flexible proteolytic enzyme. It produces the activity of several enzymes across
a wide pH range. Some studies have tested bromelain in skeletal and protein renewal processes.
Zinc, Copper, and Manganese Each of these essential ingredients are needed for hundreds of metabolic jobs
around the horse. During times of growth, repair, injury and infection, they are in high demand for enzymes that
regulate everything from immune cell development to collagen and GAG production. Equinyl supplies balanced
proportions to help make sure all systems are ready to support optimum natural lubrication.
Liquid or Powder? Are liquid supplements better? Although some goals in nutrition are best achieved with
liquid delivery, there's little or no evidence that most ingredients are better absorbed from liquid supplements.
Oxidation and nutrient interactions are a greater threat to stability and potency in water-based formulas. Vitamin
C degrades quickly in water, so we use patented Ester-C® in patable alfalfa-based Equinyl C and Equinyl CM, and
in new flax-seed based Equinyl GL, but not in liquid Equinyl. All four supplements provide excellent body
lubricant support. We recommend you select the one that best fits your nutritional program.
Directions for use: Pour 2 to 3 fluid ounces for first three to four weeks, then 1 to 2 fluid ounces for maintenance
or as directed by veterinarian. See package for complete instructions.
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