By the time you reach this point, you may well be asking, “What about my dog’s body that has to carry its enhanced brain for life. What about growing and protecting my dog’s muscles and bones? As lifetime dog owners and trainers, we are always trying to improve the performance and extend the life of our own wonderful dogs, so we thought long and hard about muscles and bones too.

We burned much midnight oil trying to develop supplements to overcome the deficiencies we see in most dog foods sold today. Finally we developed an effective supplement to do the job. We call it BRAWN!

Muscle development is critical. Because of the high saturated fats and high processed carbohydrates in the dog food that most owners buy, and the lack of good proteins, the biggest problem with pet dogs in America today is obesity and lack of muscle. So we set about solving it with the right proteins and amino acids.

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Almost all overweight dogs have insulin resistance. Insulin resistance lowers the level of the amino acid glutamine in canine muscles and inhibits the growth of muscle and strength. So the first ingredient we put in BRAWN! is top quality glutamine, which increases muscle glutamine and raises muscle protein synthesis (35).

The second ingredient needed for muscles, bones, and teeth is a source of first-class protein. After much debate, we settled on wild salmon protein as the best. To boost the muscle building qualities, we added pure branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine, all proven to boost muscle and reduce fat in exercising dogs (36), and hydroxy-methyl butarate which also helps reduce fat levels (34,36).

We also added creatine monohydrate and beta-alanine for both their proven boost of muscle and bone growth and their boost of endurance Finally we put in the botanical shilajit, and the mineral boron for their tonic effects, and carnosine for its strong anti-glycation effects in aging dogs.

34. Colgan M The Anti-inflammatory Athlete. Vancouver, Science Books, 2012.

35. Lambertucci AC, et al. Glutamine supplementation stimulates protein-synthetic and inhibits protein-degradative signaling pathways in skeletal muscle of diabetic rats PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e50390. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050390.

36. Zheng L, et al. Effects of Supplementation of Branched-Chain Amino Acids to Reduced-Protein Diet on Skeletal Muscle Protein Synthesis and Degradation in the Fed and Fasted States in a Piglet Model. Nutrients. 2016 Dec 28;9(1). pii: E17. doi: 10.3390/nu9010017.

It’s not just muscles and bones. Because of breeding practices, many pet and performance dogs suffer skeletal problems with their joints, and the development of osteoarthritis as they age. We have worked on these problems for many years, and have formed a supplement we believe to be the most effective available anywhere.

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The first component of THRIVE! is a complex of lipids, starting with the long-chain omega-3s docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for cell structure, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) for its strong anti- inflammatory effects.

Then we put in some straight cod liver oil for its wide range of other omega-3s. Then, again for joint structure, we add a mix of hemp oil, flax oil, and walnut oil. For building and repairing cartilage, we add glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, hydrolyzed collagen, and eggshell membrane, plus methyl-sulphonyl-methane for the sulfur component (34). THRIVE! Is a better formula than many we see sold for human arthritis and joint problems.

34. Colgan M The Anti-inflammatory Athlete. Vancouver, Science Books, 2012.



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