“How hard could it be?” I said. Climbing a Colorado 14er is certainly no joke. I’ve hiked trails as steep but not at 12 – 14,000 feet above sea level. I, and avid hiker for years, was the one that had the biggest problem with the hike.
Hubby is NOT an avid hiker but he seemed totally fine. I think Gretel would have run to the top if we had let her. I ended up getting altitude sickness. What about Chester? I carried him on my back (which may have contributed to my altitude sickness).
It makes me sad that my original hiking buddy might be at the end of his hiking career. The truth is, his joints are getting creaky and, I imagine, achy. He can still do the easier hikes but has slowed down a lot. I want to keep him going under his own power as long as possible so I have been on the lookout for the highest-quality joint supplement for him.
In August we’ll be taking the GlycoFlex® Plus Challenge. In a Washington State University double-blind study – the effects of GlycoFlex® 3 on stable stifle osteoarthritis model in dogs – GlycoFlex® Canine hip and joint supplement was clinically proven to increase hind leg strength by up to 41%, supporting that GlycoFlex 3 may reduce the severity of cartilage breakdown. I am hoping it gives Chester a little bit of his climbing legs back.
The challenge doesn’t start for another couple of weeks but, in the meantime, I got the opportunity to learn more about the company and science behind GlycoFlex. I interviewed the Brand Manager from the parent company, FoodScience Corporation (FSC), and this is what she had to tell me:
Me: Tell me a little about the company behind GlycoFlex
FSC: FoodScience Corporation, the company that makes GlyccoFlex, was started by a husband and wife in the 70’s and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The wife had health challenges and was not having luck with western medicine so they explored alternatives in other countries. They discovered a “Vitamin B15” that showed promise of helping her. They bought the rights to the research and brought it back to the US. It turned out that it wasn’t a vitamin. It was an amino acid derivative – DMG – present in all animals. The company was founded on the idea of DMG and it holds the patents on DMG for several conditions.
Me: Why is DMG important?
FSC: DMG helps the body produce a large amount of antioxidants, including Glutathione – pronounced “gloota-thigh-own” and referred to as “the mother of all antioxidants” by some.
Me: Where does DMG come from?
FSC: FSC sources their DMG from perna, more commonly called green-lipped muscle, from Australia. FSC uses the entire organism by grinding the whole muscle and turning it into powder that can be added to supplements. Since it is whole, that perna contains 57 nutrients, a full spectrum of amino acids, and other “good things”. Using the whole muscle means the nutrients are perfectly balanced because nature made them.
Me: How did the FoodScience Corporation get into supplements for pets?
FSC: FSC started with human supplements. The owners of the company had a deep love for and involvement with animals. They saw joint supplements for horses but not for dogs so they wanted to make something to help them. They became the first company to market a dog-specific joint supplement. They have expanded to offer other science-based supplements since then.
Me: What is in GlycoFlex Plus and who is it for?
FSC: GlycoFlex Plus is very comprehensive and contains high levels of DMG-containing perna, glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, and antioxidants such as vitamin E, C, and grapeseed extract. It is for dogs that are definitely showing signs of slowing down and having a harder time getting around (i.e. helps “crotchety” senior dogs).
GlycoFlex Plus sounds promising to me so I can’t wait to try it with Chester. I don’t have details of the challenge except that participants in the challenge will be given a 30-day supply of GlycoFlex Plus to try in exchange for their feedback. My hope is that you will join us so I will let you know as soon as I have more details .
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by GlycoFlex and FoodScience Corporation. I received compensation in exchange for sharing information about GlycoFlex. However, I only write about products that we would use or can stand behind here at YouDidWhatWithYourweiner.com. Everything I say is really how I feel. FoodScience Corporation is not responsible for the content of this article.