The Science

Clinical evidence separates the innovator from the imitator
What makes Cortaflex different to other joint supplements?

Cortaflex is the next generation of Natural health care for joints in Horses, Cats, Dogs and even Humans. Cortaflex is a supplement that provides both the stimulus and the building blocks for natural joint health.

Chondroitin and Glucosamine are produced naturally by the body and aid in repair and maintenance of the joint tissue. Joint cartilage is not directly connected to any blood vessels so, all of the nutrients that the cartilage needs for good health have to be small enough to pass through cellular walls to benefit the joint tissue.

Cortaflex was formulated around the theory that smaller molecules are more likely to be absorbed through cellular walls than larger ones. Therefore, Cortaflex contains the micro sized key active isolates of Chondroitin and Glucosamine, providing the body with both the building blocks and the stimulus for its own production of Chondroitin and Glucosamine.

More recently, as well as providing these vital building blocks, MSM (methylsulphonylmethane ) has been added to the Cortaflex supplements, to provide a bio-available source of sulphur, which is important in the repair process of the sulphur containing bonds in the cartilage matrix. MSM is also thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. Cortaflex Super Fenn also contains Boswellia, a plant known for its anti-inflammatory properties, to help reduce the on-going destruction of cartilage following micro-trauma and the resulting inflammatory responses arising from harder work.

Cortaflex Ingredients

Cortaflex includes vital trace elements and precursors (or building blocks) of key compounds such as glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans which are necessary for the production and maintenance of healthy cartilage and joint fluid, which also plays an important role in shock absorbing and lubrication within the joint.

Amino Acids
Amino acids such as glutamic acid – converted in the horse’s body to provide glutamine, which combines with glucose to form glucosamine – which itself then combines with other compounds to help give cartilage its flexibility and “sponginess”.

Copper, Manganese & Silicon
Are important trace elements which are all needed to help the horse produce his own chondroitin, (another important structural compound in cartilage), collagen and hyaluronic acid.

An important compound needed by the chondrocytes to produce the water based matrix of the cartilage. Collagen helps to give cartilage its strength. (We utilize a sustainable and ethical source of marine derived collagen.)

Hyaluronic acid (HA)
Is a key component of joint fluid, which bathes the joint, and acts and a lubricant and shock absorber.

CLINICAL STUDY - College of Veterinary Medicine Michigan State University

Cortaflex is the only equine joint supplement to have been clinically proven in a double blind study of equine tarsal joint movement. The rigorous trial was conducted by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, one of the leading equine research institutes in the world.

Unlike the more subjective research approaches in the majority of equine trials, the study used the most advanced kinetic analysis techniques to objectively and accurately measure the horses gait. These techniques, based on video and force plates, unquestionably proved the effects of supplementation. The results were then presented by the author Dr Hilary Clayton BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)) and published in the conference proceedings.

NB: Due to rules and regulations within New Zealand, Cortaflex NZ Limited are unable to provide the Scientific Study report presented by Dr Hilary Clayton BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).