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What is the difference between Cur-OST® and my pet’s joint supplement?

Cur-OST® formulas are designed to reduce inflammation and pain through the use of Curcumin and other anti-inflammatory herbs.  Inflammation is an ongoing problem associated not only with joint deterioration but also many other health conditions. Most joint supplements contain glucosamine & chondroitin, which mainly target cartilage repair by providing nutrients lost as a result of chronic inflammation.

They do provide a small amount of inflammation protection, but Curcumin is much stronger in its action and ability to reduce pain and inflammation.

If you manage the inflammation and provide proper antioxidant therapy, often we find that glucosamine type supplements are not needed.  That being said, those same supplements are perfectly safe to use with our Cur-OST® formulas and may provide some additional benefit.

Are the Cur-OST® products safe for my pet? 

After 6 years of clinical development and utilization in our canine and feline patients, we have not encountered any side effects. In some cases, there may be noted an upset stomach or transient diarrhea which may be related to an inability to digest some of the herbs in the formulas. In most cases, this is transient, while in others, the dose may need to be reduced.

Why Curcumin?

Curcumin is one of the most heavily researched herbs for reduction of inflammation.  One of the biggest reasons is that Curcumin impacts the inflammatory process on multiple levels instead of just one or two, like most pain medications.  Curcumin inhibits negative cellular pathways, acts as an antioxidant and restores function to the entire body.  Curcumin has also been shown to demonstrate potent anti-cancer properties and promote cardiovascular and neurological health, likely through reduction of inflammation.  Plain and simple, it provides us with a new approach to managing pain and promoting health in our pets!

What is the difference between Turmeric and Curcumin?

Curcumin is the active phytochemical in Turmeric (Curcuma longa).  The root of the Turmeric plant is the main component used and contains beneficial ingredients with medicinal value, but Curcumin is by far the most active.  Most supplements utilize Turmeric, but Turmeric only contains 2-4% Curcumin on average.  By using Curcumin instead of Turmeric, we can reduce our daily dosage and in most cases, obtain much higher health benefits.  There has been much discussion about absorption and bioavailability of Curcumin in human studies, but our research has not shown this to be an issue.  We utilize a patented Curcumin product called BCM-95®, which combines the 95% Curcumin extract with volatile oils from the Turmeric root and based on research, this enhances absorption by up to 7x! BCM-95® Curcumin has also been shown to be more potent than Curcumin with added bioperine, demonstrating higher and more sustained blood levels.  Curcumin is fat soluble, so the addition of these natural oils makes sense and simply works better!

Do I need to continue my pet’s other supplements?

Our Cur-OST® were designed to supply many nutrients, including vitamins and minerals in their natural form, which is the best form for the body to digest and assimilate.  Most typical supplements and even some foods supply vitamins and minerals in their synthetic forms, which are hard to digest and absorb.  The best form is from food or plants, which is what we target in our formulas.  Many typical pet joint supplements utilize ingredients including glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM which are good, but only replace what is being lost as a result of ongoing inflammation.  We find that if you effectively target inflammation and support cellular health, that these types of supplements are no longer needed, which saves you money in the long term.

Why are Cur-OST® formulas so expensive?

Our Cur-OST® formulas provide potent levels of herbs and ingredients, often mimicking levels found in human and animal research studies, to give results clinically. Results, after all, is what you are looking for and we understand this.  We don’t want to provide formulas with trace or non-functional amounts of herbs, but want to produce clinical results and restore health. We find that if we can restore health and manage inflammation effectively, then overall cost is actually reduced because your pet is healthier, stronger with potentially less visits to the veterinarian!  Health can be restored and we are here to do just that!

How is the Cur-OST® SA product supplied and dosed?
The Cur-OST® formula for companion animals is supplied as a powder formula with a light hypoallergenic and gluten-free peanut butter flavor. The product is dosed at ½ tsp per 10 lbs. once to twice daily, which is generally mixed with dry kibble, canned food, yogurt or other food mediums. In most cases, the product is well accepted.

Are there any known interactions with prescription medications?
We have not encountered any adverse interactions with prescription pain medications or other commonly used joint supplements, however, based on the mode of action of Cur-OST®, it is recommended to use caution when administering with common prescription anti-inflammatories. Please consult your physician or veterinarian with any questions or concerns.

Is Cur-OST® safe to administer to pregnant animals?
Cur-OST® contains curcumin, which has been show in some research studies to potentially induce premature uterine contractions which could result in early delivery or abortion. At this time we do not recommend its use in animals that might be pregnant.

How long with a container of Cur-OST® last?
The container will last the average 50 lb. dog approximately 30 days when dosed once daily.

How does Cur-OST Work?
Cur-OST combines the proven anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin and boswellia alongside many powerful nutritive herbs to help combat pain and inflammation. Curcumin and boswellia have been researched for decades and have been show to exhibit similar properties to many common prescription pain medications, but without the side effects. Our Cur-OST products were developed out of our veterinary hospital to help reduce pain, improve mobility and quality of life for our veterinary.

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