Texas A&M Study Shows
Serum-Based Bioactive Proteins in LIFELINE BioThriveTM
Beneficial to Equine Joint Function
ANKENY, IOWA - APC, Inc. last week released results of a research study
conducted by Dr. Josie Coverdale, associate professor of equine science at
Texas A&M University. Dr. Coverdale presented the abstract at the 2014
Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science, which was held
in Kansas City, MO, July 20-24.
kinematics study measured stride length and knee range of motion with
increasing dosage of serum-based bioactive proteins (LIFELINE BioThriveTM) in
exercised horses. The response strongly suggests that the horses in the study
experienced healthy joint function and/or comfort while on LIFELINE BioThriveTM.
undergoing the stress of training and performance may experience inflammation
which can have a cascading effect leading to joint soreness," said Dr. Josie
Coverdale, associate professor of equine science at Texas A&M University.
"This study suggests that bioactive proteins could play a major role in
supporting joint health, which in turn supports joint comfort and mobility in
performance horses of all ages and disciplines."
In the 28-day
double-blind study, 30 mature Quarter horses ranging in age from 5 to 22 years
and weighing 968 to 1,508 pounds were blocked by age and body weight and
randomly assigned to treatment. Treatment consisted of no pellets administered,
pellets containing 66 grams (low dose) of bioactive proteins administered
daily, and pellets containing 132 grams (high dose) of bioactive proteins
administered daily. Each horse was exercised five days each week for approximately
60 minutes each day, with exercise focusing on horsemanship skills at the walk,
trot and canter.
video was collected on Days 0, 14 and 28. At Day 14, enhanced front and hind
limb stride length was observed with increasing levels of bioactive proteins.
Similarly, at Day 28 enhanced front and hind limb stride length was also
observed with increasing levels of bioactive proteins. Additionally, at Days 14
and 28, enhanced knee range of motion was observed with increasing levels of
"We are excited
that the Texas A&M study results confirm what we are hearing from product
users, that horses on BioThriveTM were experiencing optimal joint function and
comfort as they went through their daily exercise regimen," said Jennifer Whetzel,
APC, Inc. Director of Marketing. "APC has conducted more than 300 studies in
multiple species on the effects of our serum-based bioactive proteins and have
consistently seen that they support normal immune function and an efficient
inflammatory response in animals experiencing illness or stress."
To read the
full study, visit the scientific
study page on www.WatchThemThrive.com.