The Benefits of SAMe in Pets
Can you imagine Snuffleupagus on a bum leg? How about Oscar the Grouch struggling to cope with a damaged liver? These real-life scenarios could potentially have a devastating effect on the beloved Sesame Street cast. The show just wouldn’t be the same, if they’d be laid up in bed!
Why you might ask, am I painting such a grim picture? Consider their eating habits for a moment, and a bleak prognosis emerges. Snuffleupagus is obese; all that weight shifting on his feet has weakened his joints. Oscar the Grouch rummages through trash bins for food. The amount of toxins entering his body is astounding. Taking a beating internally, his weakened liver makes him a prime candidate for cirrhosis, amongst other liver ailments. While Snuffleupagus and Oscar the Grouch may be fictional characters, pet parents have their own live Snuffys and Oscars to raise and nurture.
Fret not! There is hope for our Sesame Street crew. Help comes in the form of SAMe (S-Adenosyl-Methionine, which sounds like Snuffleupagus!), a naturally occurring compound present in all living beings. SAMe contributes to joint and liver health through multiple chemical processes. During a process called transmethylation, natural SAMe acts as a valuable compound which improves phospholipid production, and promotes better bile flow through the liver’s cell membranes. Additionally, through the transsulfuration process, natural SAMe is converted into a compound called glutathione, a potent antioxidant and liver detoxification tool. Glutathione plays a major role in protecting hepatocytes (liver cells) from damage that can be caused by waste that the liver removes from the bloodstream. During the process of aminopropylation – where SAMe is converted into antioxidants – MTA (methylthioadenosine) is produced. MTA helps support cartilage matrix production in the joints, and may help maintain the effectiveness of proteoglycans, molecules that are critical for the lubrication of joints.
While SAMe is already well known to be beneficial in humans, research has shown that SAMe can promote joint and liver health in pets as well. Adequate levels of SAMe are usually produced naturally by the animal’s body. However, in instances where a pet’s body is not producing enough SAMe independently, supplementation via an exogenous form may be helpful. Taking a SAMe supplement can help replenish SAMe levels, and restore the body back to its normal, healthy function.
Pets that typically suffer from joint pain are obese or older dogs. Even a seemingly routine daily walk can become an arduous trek. Consequently, SAMe supplementation is often recommended to maintain healthy joints in pets. Adopted stray cats run the risk of having contracted liver disease while foraging for food in the garbage. They too can benefit from SAMe. SAMe offers the quality of life, something that every pet owner would like to afford his loving companion.
Now let’s fast forward to Snuffleupagus and Oscar the Grouch following a regimen of SAMe. They are bopping away to the tune of: “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Se-SAMe Street?”
Abe Lerner is the Director of Marketing at Nutralife Health Products, Inc., which has been selling high-quality dietary supplements for humans and pets since 1996. Nutralife…your life…better. Learn more about the company at www.nutralife.com and www.nutralifepet.com.