Lectins | They are responsible for Your Dog’s Joint Disease, Arthritis, Inflammation, and Directly Impact Longevity
There is a whole class of compounds in most foods called Lectins. These compounds are present in almost all grains, and other food sources such as potatoes, tomatoes, and most other vegetables we use as a carbohydrate source.
These carbohydrate sources are commonly used in supplanting calories to dog food. Corn and wheat are rife with lectins.
Why and How Do Lectins Cause So Much Joint Disease?
Lectins are naturally occurring insecticides the that are present in vegetables. They are there to resist insect infestation.
Lectins act as a small buzz saw that basically rips up the intestinal lining of the bug and kills it. The trouble is, it does the same thing to us to but it’s effects are much less in the human (and dog) because of our size relative to the number of lectins in our diet.
Instead of killing us, Lectins produce a chronic inflammatory bowel disease and many other autoimmune and allergy conditions.
As lectins punch holes in the lining of the intestinal tract, they, and other proteins and chemicals have complete and unfettered access to the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the body reacts against them as though they were a foreign body or infectious agent. As such, the body gears up a whole immunological response to those proteins and chemicals.
In fact, the body also develops a significant immunological response against lectins themselves.
As the lectins travel throughout the bloodstream, they rip and tear holes in the membranes of all the cells they encounter. This becomes a significant issue when they reach the synovial cells of the joint.
The Lectins tend to establish themselves in the joints of dogs (and people too) in such a fashion as to set up a recurrent autoimmune phenomenon in the joints.
For this, and other reasons, Lectins are bad.
How We Can Avoid Lectin’s Joint Disease?
The good news is that we have a way to complex lectins in the gut. And that is done with our old friend glucosamine sulfate.
It has been taught that glucosamine (which is one of the building blocks of all connective tissue of the body) is added to nutritional supplements to provide those building blocks for construction and rehabilitation of damaged joint tissues.
This is not correct.
What is correct is that glucosamines, and chondroitins (which break down the glucosamines in the stomach) are actively engaged in binding lectins in the gut.
After being captured by glucosamines, and chondroitins, lectins are unable to rip holes in the wall of the intestinal mucosa of the host, nor can they get into the bloodstream and produce an allergic type of reaction in the host.
It is incorrect to think that glucosamines are elemental in repairing the joints because the joint cartilage, bone, and connective tissue of the joints are elementally held together with glucosamine like product.
When we tag glucosamines with radioactive isotopes and then measure where those radioactive isotopes end up, we find that they are no more concentrated in the joints than anywhere else in the body. Fact!
Not only that, but glucosamines are present in most foods anyway.
When we supplant glucosamine sulfate in a joint supplement for dogs, what we’re really doing is adding something that is going to bind lectins so they will not create the havoc to our dog’s joints that they would produce otherwise.
You might be asking yourself, “How come I haven’t heard of this before?” The reason is because everyone just assumed that the glucosamine in the nutritional supplement was going to the joint and really didn’t know anything about lectins.
This kind of research and this kind of information sometimes takes anywhere from 10 to 15 years to get into the public domain.
By the way… did you know that gluten is just one of many lectins. Yep! Lectins are very bad for you and your dog.
What about Chondroitin?
When we decided to create joint relief supplement for dogs, we knew it had to have glucosamine sulfate in it. Chondroitin in a supplement is kind of a waste of time because it’s not effective at all. Chondroitin is a huge molecule and cannot be absorbed into the body… at all. It is torn apart in the stomach and the jejunum into glucosamine. It is the glucosamine that is necessary to bind up lectins.
Also, glucosamines are synergistically effective when given with other elements in a joint supplement that are actively directed to the joints such as Boswellia, grape seed extract, hyaluronic acid, green-lipped muscle, and MSM.
Most canine joint supplements are present in a capsule form. It is thought they’re not to be given with food because most of the elements bond with food and become inactive.
But, who wants to shove a pill down a dog’s throat day, after day, after day? So, we created a nutritional supplement that is a soft chew. It is highly palatable and the dog thinks it’s a treat.
Our joint supplements for dogs has the highest amounts of beneficial elements in the industry to date, and is about one half the cost of other similar preparations available from a veterinary professional. We want you to keep your dog healthy… but not at the cost of your budget.
We like to use this product on a routine basis for acute disease, chronic inflammation of the joint, and for joint maintenance for the rest the dog’s life. It can be done quite economically and easily administered to the dog on a routine basis.
We do this because we want the dogs to live happy healthy lives, and we want to optimize their longevity through active and healthy joints.
A pet that lives 3 to 5 more years, gives us 3 to 5 more years with her best friend.
Remember, when you assume the responsibility of pet ownership, you step into a stewardship role in that pet’s life. As your pet’s steward, be sure that the supplements you buy are the best available for your pet’s health.
Until next time,