EKICART BALANCE® is a powder for maintaining healthy joints and to support flexible movement in horses and ponies. Ekicart Balance® is also used to meet the increased need for nutrients of the musculoskeletal system at high load and in the growth phase.
EKICART BALANCE® combines essential functionality with a sharp price.
Joint diseases in pets cause a great deal of pain and result in functional movement disorders. Joints can be damaged by an acute trauma, chronic overload or old age.
Joint cartilage is mainly made up of three elements that offer flexibility, elasticity and firmness: proteoglycans to attract and retain water, collagen to fixate the proteoglycans and cartilage cells. The cartilage cells play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the tissue by means of the synthesis of collagen, proteoglycans and enzymes of the cartilage metabolism.
In case of non-infectious osteoarthritis an inflammatory process is triggered, whereby the collagen and the proteoglycans are damaged by proteolytic enzymes, the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). The cartilage cells produce proinflammatory cytokines which activate the MMPs. In healthy cartilage there is a balance between the MMPs and their inhibitors, which produces a perfect control and homeostasis of the cartilage. In case of an imbalance the inflamed cartilage cells are no longer capable of synthesising new cartilage.
The occurrence of arthritis increases with age and affects the large, weight-bearing joints.
EKICART BALANCE® reduces the effect of proinflammatory cytokines and therefore reduces the MMP concentration.
EKICART BALANCE® contains free amino acids for the synthesis of collagen and glucosamine sulfate for the synthesis of proteoglycans, as well as cofactors required for the adequate functioning of enzymes involved in the process.
EKICART BALANCE® increases the synthesis of the glycosaminoglycans chondroitine sulfate and hyaluronic acid in the joint fluid and the cartilage matrix. The viscosity of the joint fluid is primarily dependent on the concentration of hyaluronic acid. Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are bound to a core protein to form proteoglycans. Proteoglycans can be found in the extracellular cartilage matrix (ECM).
EKICART BALANCE® contains the natural antioxidants pomegranate extract and curcumin which protect the cartilage cells by reducing the production of superoxide radicals that damage the tissue.
EKICART BALANCE® contains rice bran for a balanced intestinal flora. Rice bran is resistant to digestion in the small intestine and is gradually fermented by the microflora of the large intestine, thereby stimulating the growth of benign bacteria as a selective substrate. To guarantee the delicious taste, apple aroma has been added.
1 kg EKICART BALANCE® contains: 180 g glucosamine sulfate, 60 g glucose, 6 g L-alanine, 12 g L-arginine, 30 g L-glycine, 2 g L-hydroxyproline, 4 g L-lysine, 24 g DL-methionine, 16 g L-proline, 2 g vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCL), 20 g vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 2 g manganese sulfate, 2 g silicon dioxide, 20 g pomegranate extract, 10 g Curcuma longa, 595 g vegetable fibers (rice bran) and 15 g apple aroma.
1 50 g measuring scoop in the evening via the feed for a period of three months for the support of the body's own repair processes. Moisten the feed if necessary.
EKICART BALANCE® is packaged in 2 kg and 5 kg buckets.
EKICART BALANCE® contains no ingredients that are listed on the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List and is safe for unlimited treatment duration. Ekicart Balance® can also be safely administered during gestation.
EKICART BALANCE® is freely available.