FROM THE SCIENCE DESK
Jim Sharkey, PhD.
Head of Science, Therabis
Inflammation – what is it and how can Therabis help?
Your body and your dog’s body possess a brilliant system to increase blood flow and transport immune cells to the site of an injury – the inflammatory system. The inflammatory system is part of the body’s natural healing process. Activation of the inflammatory system includes the release of inflammatory messenger molecules which cause the blood vessels to dilate increasing blood flow. With increased blood flow comes redness, swelling, and discomfort. Other types of chronic inflammation such as osteoarthritis also involve activation of parts of the inflammatory system.
As humans, we can simply address the symptoms of inflammation using one of many over-the-counter medications. However, our dogs are limited in what is available to them and they can’t exactly tell us what is wrong. I’m happy to share, however, that Mother Nature has provided naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compounds in hemp and green-lipped mussel to interrupt the inflammatory response and provide relief to our canine companions.
How do these naturally occurring anti-inflammatory molecules work?
Studies have shown that compounds from the hemp plant and green-lipped mussel reduce the production of the inflammatory messenger molecules that drive the inflammatory system. Other studies have also shown that these same molecules reduce the number of activated immune cells involved in the inflammatory response. Additionally, nutrients such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from hemp powder and green-lipped mussel powder as well as vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and chromium picolinate have been shown in numerous studies to support joint health and normal functioning of the immune and inflammatory systems.
In summary, we all love our dogs. They are members of our family. And just like all members of our family, we want to give them the most comfortable and best life possible. We shouldn’t just ignore inflammation in our pets, or hope that it simply goes away. Luckily, the compounds in hemp powder and green-lipped mussel together with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamin C and chromium picolinate can be used to support healthy joints and relieve the pain of inflammation in our canine family members.
In future posts, I will discuss in further detail how the naturally occurring anti-inflammatory molecules in hemp and green-lipped mussel work with your dog’s body to improve your dog’s quality of life.