Showing posts with label joint support. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM) - Alternative Medicine for Dogs and Cats

In this article...
1. Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM)
2. Health Benefits
3. Cautions

4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
6. Daily Dosage

1.0 Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM)

NEM is the naturally occurring thin membrane between the egg shell and egg white. The proteins present in NEM can help repair cartilage. When cartilage is damaged either by a sudden trauma or due to aging, damaging acids that cause pain and stiffness are released.  
Medicinal Properties of NEM

Like other alternative medicines and herbs it takes a little time (i.e. seven to ten days) for the effects of NEM to start evidencing a decrease in inflammation and pain. Effects should continue to build over that span of about 30 days.

NEM contains multiple substances that support the maintenance of healthy joints and tissue:
  • Amino Acids Desmosine and isodesmosine;
    • Both of these amino acids support joint elasticity;
  • Chondroitin:
    • Supports cartilage elasticity, fights joint damaging enzymes;
  • Collagen:
    • A beneficial fibrous protein found in connective tissue;
    • Supports connective tissue strength and elasticity;
  • Elastin:
    • A protein that supports healthy cartilage, skin and spine;
  • Glucosamine – assist with cartilage repair; cushions joints against impact; decreases joint inflammation;
  • Growth Factor B – supports cell regeneration and optimal immune function.
  • Hyaluronic acid - helps with the absorption of shock, supports joint elasticity;
2.0 Health Benefits
  • Reduction of inflammation and pain resulting from:
  • Sudden trauma
    • Joint  disorder;
    • Connective tissue disorder;
  • Osteoarthritis;

3.0 Cautions…

If your dog or cat:
  • Is allergic to eggs do not use NEM;
    • Signs of an allergic reaction to NEM include:
      • Chest tightness;
      • Cramps;
      • Coughing;
      • Hives;
      • Nasal inflammation;
      • Nausea;
      • Shortness of breath, and;
      • In extreme cases anaphylaxis shock.

4.0 Side Effects...
  • None, unless the individual has an allergy to eggs.

5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • None

6.0 Daily Dosage...
  • Dosage will depend on the product you choose to use. Some products combine NEM with other ingredients such as medicinal mushrooms. If you choose a combination product follow the manufacturers recommended dosage.
  • If you choose a product that is pure NEM, a general guideline is:
    • Small dogs - 150 mg to 250 mg per day
    • Medium dogs - 350 to 400 mg per day
    • Large dogs - 500 mg, 1x per day

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