What Is the Difference Between Ligaplex I and Ligaplex II?
The following information is a summary and review based on Dr. Candy’s professional experience and recommendations. Any summary or statement has not been provided nor influenced by the manufacturer.
Ligaplex I has higher amounts of vitamin E, manganese and vitamin B12. These nutrients are needed in larger quantities when a lot of inflammation is present. For example, like right after an injury or surgery. This phase of healing involves a lot of swelling around the injury location and a significant amount of pain.
Chronic or long term recovery typically has less obious swellin and less pain. However, these long term or past injuries need nutrients such as vitamin A, a fat soluable vitamin that is depleted from the body during long term healing.
In practice, I use Ligaplex I for injuries less than 8 weeks old and Ligaplex II for the healing support of injuries older than 8 weeks.
Check out these pages for more specific details about the individual products:
Additional Information for Ligaplex I:
Additional Information for Ligaplex II:
Dr. Candy’s Pro-Tip: What’s the deal with manganese? Over the past few years we have heard a lot about emerging scientific research that ties manganese deficiency to injuries of ligaments and joints. The evidence shows that modern day deficiencies of this mineral are significantly contributing to injuries of athletes, kids, and even dogs. Most of our soils are now critically low in essential minerals like manganese, zinc and copper. Industrial farming and agriculture strip the land of nutrients. This can be caused by growing the same crop over and over - as well as herbicide chemicals like glyphosate which binds those minerals in unusable compounds.
Why Do We Need Manganese for Healthy Joints?
|Ligaplex I||Ligaplex II|
|Purpose||Better for acute / short term injury recovery||Better for long term support, maintenance and chronic disease|
|Inflammation||Injury with a great amount of swelling / inflammation||Lower inflammation environment|
|Vitamin E||More vitamin E - which stimulates cartilage growth||Higher in vitamin A - helps to reduce inflammation and fulfill replenishment of critically important fat-soluble vitamins|
|Vitamin A||Lower in vitamin A||Higher in vitamin A - helps to reduce inflammation and fulfill replenishment of critically important fat-soluble vitamins|
|Manganese||More manganese (55mg) - reduced pain sensation, required to build collagen and ligaments||Manganese (35mg) for repair of bones, cartilage, collagen, tendons and ligaments|
|Vitamin B12||Vitamin B12 (5.8mcg) - helps form healthy bone, reduce inflammation and reduce the perception of pain||Vitamin B12 (2mcg) - improves health and density of bones|
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Holistic Veterinarian, Veterinary Clinic Owner, Veterinary Medical Supervisory Board Leader, Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist, and Author Dr. Candy completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Delaware and graduated veterinary school in 2009 from Oklahoma State University. In high school, she was drawn to wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehab gave her unparalleled experience in animal healing in a field that has limited resources and a wide variety of conditions to treat. Before vet school, Dr. Akers spent two years working full time providing oil spill response for wildlife all over the country. Since graduating with her Degree of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2009, Dr. Candy has specialized in companion animal nutrition. Extensive education in nutrition has made her a firm believer in species specific-biologically appropriate diets. One of her passions is educating pet parents about the natural alternatives that actually work. She brings the best of holistic health and conventional medicine together in a unique approach to pet health. This approach is often applied to chronic diseases, allergies, and autoimmune conditions. She started her own veterinary practice 9 years ago in Colorado. Overall, she has dedicated her entire life to improving the health and happiness of animals everywhere.