Myelin Sheath for dogs and cats helps to rebuild and/or protect the myelin sheath in animals suffering with degenerative nerve conditions such as degenerative myelopathy (similar to multiple sclerosis in humans). Myelin sheath glandular can help increase myelin because it contains myelin basic protein which is an important protein component that comprises myelin. Research has shown it is possible to regrow myelin sheath and many believe, like us, that maintaining existing, and regenerating damaged, myelin can protect the underlying axons from major damage and preserve the health of the nerve (1). We believe that myelin sheath glandular can play an important role in increasing myelin and also offer protection against degeneration of healthy myelin in the case of autoimmune attack.
Degenerative conditions in which an animal's own antibodies begin to attack nerve tissue can damage this important protein, a process called demyelination. When this damage occurs nerve signals do not travel from the brain down the spinal cord as they should. This leads to neurological deterioration and cognitive and motor skill dysfunction causing symptoms such as rear-end weakness, visual disturbances and urinary or fecal incontinence in the unfortunate canine or feline.
Consumers should be aware that suspected causes of demyelination include toxicity from heavy metals or pesticides linked to vaccinations, food or environmental contamination. Animals that have been vaccinated have higher levels of autoantibodies associated with autoimmune disease, so consumers should be very careful about over-vaccinating their pets.
Each bottle of Myelin Sheath contains 120 capsules which is a 2 - 4 month supply for smaller animals and a 1 - 2 month supply for larger animals when used at suggested minimum dosage.
The myelin sheath is a whitish, fatty substance (depicted in above image in yellow) that surrounds nerve fibers forming an insulating and protective layer. It is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system and without it nerve impulses are not efficiently transmitted between nerve cells. The loss of myelin leads to significant nerve dysfunction and slowed or blocked nerve conduction between the brain and the rest of the body. The production of the myelin sheath is called myelination and the loss of myelin as occurs with degenerative conditions is called demyelination.
Myelin sheath can sometimes be damaged by a demyelinating disease. This is defined as any condition that results in damage to the protective covering (myelin sheath) that surrounds nerve fibers in a dog or cat's brain, optic nerves and spinal cord. When the myelin sheath is damaged, nerve impulses slow or even stop, causing neurological problems. Although it is well-known that myelin can be repaired by oligodendrocytes (2,3) if it is damaged, scientists do not understand the exact repair mechanisms used by these cells. In certain conditions, myelin unfortunately does not appear to be easily repaired, also for unknown reasons.
In addition, nerve tissue growth can be a slow process, so this can make repair of damaged nerve tissue an issue in dogs and cats that have shorter lifespans than their human companions. This makes beginning nutritional support for degenerative nerve conditions as early as possible that more important in our canine and feline companions.
However, we know from experience that there are ways to support the body's ability to increase myelin sheath naturally using certain supportive whole foods and supplements:
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New Zealand sourced Myelin Sheath (from bovine spinal cord 200 mg) and Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid 30 mg)
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose‚ Cellulose‚ Magnesium‚ Stearate‚ Silicon Dioxide.
About the Ingredients in this Formula
The nerves of your brain and spinal cord communicate on a regular basis. To do this‚ they need a way to make sure that the electrical signals or impulses they send are able to travel back and forth. That’s where the myelin sheath comes in handy: this layer of fat and protein surrounds the nerves and keeps them safe. It also allows impulses to travel along the nerves‚ which is important since these impulses are in charge of things like movement. Maintaining the myelin sheath helps ensure that you don’t have to worry about anything interfering with nerve impulses.
Taking a supplement that supports myelin sheath health may help reduce the risk of suffering from neurological problems associated with myelin damage or help to repair the degeneration of this very important tissue. The active ingredients in this formula include vitamin C‚ which may help limit free radical damage in nerves and keep them healthy. The body also uses vitamin C to repair damaged connective tissue‚ including myelin. In addition‚ this supplement also provides myelin sheath glandular‚ which provides myelin with the basic protein it requires.
Provide 1 - 2 capsules daily for smaller dogs (up to 35 lbs or so) and 2 - 4 capsules for larger animals (divided into morning and evening doses). Capsules can be opened and emptied into food if desired. This is a food and there is no set dosage . So if your animal is doing well on the current dose fine, if not you can safely increase dosage 4 times the suggested dose especially in larger animals.
Storage: Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.