The supposed health benefits of red wine have been touted for centuries, and more recently, scientists have taken a closer look at one specific compound contained in red grape skin: resveratrol.
Numerous studies through the years have shown resveratrol to be a potentially effective treatment in humans for everything from slowing the cognitive decline in Alzheimers patients, to combating heart disease, fighting obesity and even staving off cancer. So it should come as no surprise that resveratrol based supplements are trickling into the animal health market.
What's good for me should be good for my pets, right?
Well, before you pour that second glass and toast to the latest "medical miracle" there are some things to consider. Key factors like dosage levels, absorption rate, and the quality of the resveratrol itself have kept the market muddled in uncertainty.
So what exactly makes Petthrive different from other joint supplements on the market?
Petthrive products contain a proprietary form of Resveratrol called “Resverasyn”, which is 99% pure Resveratrol that's been reduced in size to make it absorb easily, and encapsulated to protect the compound from deterioration before reaching tissues in the body.
See, while most people assume all resveratrol supplements are created equal, that is not the case. The commercial source for the vast majority of Resveratrol products is a shrub named Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) that is native to Asia and cultivated in China. Chinese manufacturing firms extract Resveratrol from the rhizomes (underground stems) of the shrub and produce Knotweed extracts that have Resveratrol concentrations ranging anywhere from 20% to 98%. The corresponding percentage of impurities in these Resveratrol products can range anywhere from 2% to 80%. There's really no way for the consumer to know. One of the impurities in Knotweed-based Resveratrol products is a compound called emodin, which has caused serious gastrointestinal distress in some users of Knotweed-based Resveratrol products.
Petthrive Soft Chews contain the active ingredients resveratrol and hyaluronic acid (HA). Resveratrol supports bone and joint health by promoting a healthy inflammatory response in aging dogs. Hyaluronic acid sustains cartilage health as dogs grow older.They also taste like bacon. You're just gonna have to trust us on this one.
The questionable purity and safety of Chinese Resveratrol products derived from Japanese Knotweed raises cause for concern. Petthrive, on the other hand, was developed by Dr. Patrick Lawless, in Lexington, Kentucky.
"I feel like to large degree, even in the animal pharmaceutical world, not enough attention is being paid to formulations that maximize the bioavailability of different compounds," Lawless explains. "There are many things you can do from a formulation perspective that will improve the bioavailability of a product. Resveratrol has extremely poor bioavailability, and if the manufacturer does not take steps to formulate it in a way that makes it more bioavailable for pets, you're wasting your time and money."
Don't waste your pet's time. Don't waste your money.
Petthrive Soft Chews support a healthy inflammatory response in dogs. Appropriate inflammation levels promote long term joint health and mobility and healthy metabolism in dogs. Daily administration of Petthrive can help your dog enjoy excellent quality of life through the natural aging process.
Resverasyn is not a miracle drug that will make your senior pal a puppy again, but it can safely improve quality of life by supporting healthy joints and bones. And you know exactly what you're getting with each dose.
Now that's news we can drink to.