This is part three of a three part article. Links to part one and two are below.
There’s a lot of talk in the equestrian media at the moment around MSM as it is already a banned substance on the racetrack and will become so under FEI protocols in 2018. It is very likely that this will also become applicable affiliated competitions in the UK at the same time. MSM is to be found in many joint supplements due to its anti-inflammatory properties, particularly the suppression of PGE2, an enzyme that causes increase in temperature. What this means is that if you are still feeding a supplement that contains MSM, you will have to stop this for a period before any affiliated competition to prevent being held liable, being disqualified and perhaps sustaining a ban or fine. The withholding period will ensure that there is no therapeutic benefit remaining in your horse on competition day – just when they need it the most.
If you’re looking for an alternative, then it would be worthwhile considering Epiitalis Forte. Not only has it been shown to suppress PGE2, it also suppresses another key inflammatory enzyme, NO (an enzyme that can lead to chronic inflammation and osteoarthritis) as well as inhibiting GAG leaching. (GAG’s assist healing of connective tissue by maintaining and supporting collagen.) (Click here to see a paper showing the effects of Epiitalis on the inflammatory markers)Add to this its potential to proliferate chondrocytes (immature cartilage cells) and the fact it is proven safe for long term use and you’ve got a very viable option for your horse that needs joint health support.