Healing supplements like TB-500 offer incredible benefits to animals of all shapes and sizes. They’re safe, effective, and backed by numerous independent studies.
However, they have to be used properly in order for them to work.
This may sound obvious, but it’s extremely important to avoid certain mistakes that can prevent these supplements from working.
That’s why we’ve written this article - to help you avoid common missteps that stop your animal from getting results.
Mistake #1: It’s Not Magic
Let’s make this clear from the beginning: TB-500 is a HIGHLY effective supplement. But it’s not a magic potion. It must be respected and given properly for best results.
One of the most important things to remember is that it needs enough time to work.
Thymosin Beta-4 promotes recovery by accelerating and enhancing your animal’s own regenerative processes. This can take time - your animal’s injuries will not magically disappear overnight after giving them one dose.
In most animals results are seen quickly, and healing occurs far more rapidly than it would without TB-500.
Sometimes, improvements may be seen within a week. Other times it may take 2 or more weeks before a positive effect becomes noticeable.
All of this will depend on many factors, including the type and location of the injury, the severity of the injury, the type of animal, etc.
It won’t be magic, but if given the time to work, you can expect to see real results.
Mistake #2: Not Letting the Injury Heal
Here’s a basic example to illustrate: imagine that you rub the palm of your hand with sandpaper until a scrape forms. Now instead of leaving it alone for several days to heal, you continue to rub your palm every day with sandpaper, breaking the scab and drawing fresh blood each time.
Clearly, it doesn’t matter what supplements you’re taking in this example. That scrape will never heal if it isn’t given time to recover.
The same is true for your animal’s injuries. If you have a horse with a connective tissue injury in one leg, it won’t heal if you continue riding it over rocky terrain every day, no matter how much TB-500 you give it.
Basically, use your common sense. If your animal is injured, give it a chance to heal while our supplements work their benefits. Don’t let impatience get in the way of your animal’s recovery.
Mistake #3: Insufficient Dosage
This is one of the most common reasons for poor results. Your animal may simply need a higher dose for the product to be effective.
You might think that trying to stretch one 5mg vial of TB-500 over a month is a good way to save money. It isn’t. When the dose is too low, your animal won’t get any benefits. As a result, you’re actually wasting the product rather than saving money.
On our product pages, you can find a range of common dosages. Keep in mind that these are just a general guideline. A lot of variables can impact the effectiveness of a given dose, especially the weight and size of an animal.
For example, 5mg of TB-500 per week may be perfect for a greyhound weighing 65 pounds. But a llama weighing 300+ pounds may need more to heal a similar injury. This is why dosages are provided as a range rather than an exact number.
How do you know if the dose needs to be increased? Monitor the animal’s response for a certain time period (for example, 2 to 3 weeks). If recovery seems slower than expected, higher doses may be necessary.
Fortunately, increasing doses is very safe with products like TB-500 and BPC-157 due to the virtual nonexistence of side effects.
Products like NutroHeal are safe as well but may cause some side effects (like water retention) at higher doses.
Mistake #4: Improper Handling and Storage
It’s extremely important to handle our products the right way. This is especially true for all products sold in vials.
When handled incorrectly, potency declines. Unfortunately, this leaves you with a less effective product than you paid for.
The good news is that properly mixing and storing our products is straightforward and easy to do. Here are a few key guidelines to follow:
1. Keep them cold. Store all unmixed vials in the freezer. At room temperature, vials will last for over 60 days, but shelf life decreases the hotter it gets. Heat and humidity are the enemy – they degrade the product very quickly.
Products in capsule form can last significantly longer at room temperature (generally 4 to 6 months). Freezing isn’t necessary with capsules, but storing them in the refrigerator can double their shelf life if you are stocking up.
2. Be gentle. This is especially important during and after reconstitution. Once mixed with bacteriostatic water, products in vials become more fragile and prone to degradation.
During reconstitution, don’t squirt the water directly into the powder. Rather, let the water trickle gently down the sides of the vial.
To dissolve any powder that remains after the water has been added, DO NOT shake the vial. Instead, hold the vial at an angle between you thumb and index finger. Then, simply roll the vial gently between your fingers so that the solution flows over the last bits of powder.
Reconstitution doesn’t apply to any products in capsule form – they can be given to your animal as is.
3. Don’t repeatedly freeze and thaw vials. Thawing vials once to use after storage in the freezer is obviously fine. But with repeated freezing and thawing, condensation can form on the inside of the vial, mixing with the powder within. This can result in degradation and potency loss over time.
To avoid this, only thaw vials when you’re ready to use them. (Remember, this doesn’t apply to capsules.)
4. Use reconstituted (mixed) vials ASAP. Once mixed, potency starts to decline quickly. Stored in the refrigerator, mixed vials will last for up to 14 days.
But even though it’s still usable, a mixed vial’s potency at day 12 is likely less than it was at day 1. To counter this, you can give your animal a slightly larger dose at day 12 (for example, 600mcg of BPC-157 instead of 500mcg).
Just be aware that this is more of a simple trick than a scientifically proven method. The best practice is to simply wait to reconstitute a vial until it’s needed and use it as soon as possible after mixing.
Mistake #5: Unreasonable Expectations
Essentially, it’s important to know WHY you are buying these products for your animal. This ties in with Mistake #1: these supplements work well for what they are intended, but they’re not magic.
TB-500 (and BPC-157, PROHEALIX, and so on) can help immensely with an animal’s musculoskeletal injuries. These supplements have been repeatedly shown to be effective in promoting the healing of muscle, joint, tendon, ligament, and bone tissue in animals.
However, none of these supplements are intended as a treatment or a cure for any diseases.
It’s true that there has been research aimed at this goal – for example, one study looked at BPC-157’s effect on rodents with adjuvant arthritis, with promising findings. But there simply isn’t enough evidence at this point to say for sure.
Ultimately, for healing, injury protection, and recovery, expect results. Just don’t expect a miracle cure for your animal’s chronic disease – these kinds of issues are a job for the veterinarian.
In short, here’s how to get results: handle these supplements properly, give them time to work, don’t skimp on dosage, and give your animal a chance to heal. In the end, a little patience and self-education can make all the difference.