Want to know why we use certain ingredients?
Here are several we use along with the science behind them.
Brewer’s yeast is the result of beer maker’s use of live yeast in the brewing process to convert sugars into alcohol. Once this fermentation process is complete you are left with brewer’s yeast as a byproduct and most horses love it.
Brewer’s yeast is an excellent source of B complex vitamins and amino acids. B complex vitamins are a group of water soluble vitamins meaning that the horse’s body will not store them but will rapidly excrete them in urine. Vitamin B1, which is contained in brewer’s yeast, is also made naturally by the horse in their hindgut. It along with vitamin B12 is essential for the metabolism of carbs, fats, and proteins. Vitamin B1 has been used as a calming influence on the nervous horse for some time. Though it is made naturally by the horse, some research has found that it is still necessary to supplement vitamin B1 through the horse’s diet, especially in young horses starting a training program and performance horses. Vitamin B2 is required for the health of mucus membranes in the horse’s digestive tract and Biotin aids in hoof health. Brewer’s yeast contains both.
Yeast supplementation enhances protein and mineral digestion - critical for young and grown horses, performance horses, and broodmares.
Flax seed is naturally high in Omega 3 fatty acids (the good fats). The only non- supplemented source of omega 3’s in the horse’s diet comes from fresh grass. Flaxseed has been shown to reduce inflammation to relieve symptoms of sweet itch, allergies, and other skin conditions.
Having anti-inflammatory benefits, flaxseed can assist in cases of arthritis and joint stiffness. In some cases it can be so effective as to replace commercial joint supplements or regular doses of bute. Flaxseed helps to boost the immune system and regulate thyroid function, making it ideal for horses with metabolic syndromes as well as aging horses.
Omega 3’s added to a horses diet have shown to improve skin, hair coat, body condition, and reduce excitability.
Sea kelp contains 46 minerals, 16 amino acids, and 11 vitamins. Kelp provides an antioxidant effect and attracts heavy metals and removes them from the body. The supplementation of kelp to a horse's diet has shown to induce high levels of cytokine activity. Cytokines are signaling proteins that regulate a large range of biological functions such as innate and acquired immunity, the production of all types of blood cells, inflammation, and repair. Kelp has external benefits as well. It has been shown to aid in the prevention of cracked hooves, improving skin texture, elasticity, and coat gloss.
Kelp supplementation in horses has shown to assist with boosting the immune system, increased fertility in brood mares and stallions, promotion of regular heat cycles, appetite stimulation, and improved digestive capacity.
Peppermint is an herb that has been used for years to maintain digestive health. Peppermint contains anywhere from 0.5% - 1.5% of volatile oil in all parts of the plant and the oil contains 50% menthol. It is this oil that makes peppermint such a valuable herb for the digestive system. It has a carminative (relieving flatulence) action, helping to relax sphincters and smooth muscles in the digestive system. Peppermint tones mucus membrane surfaces and increases peristalsis. The oil in peppermint has a cooling, soothing, and anesthetic effect on the smooth muscles of the stomach and intestines. This makes it a key herb for dealing with horses prone to colic, gastric and duodenal ulcerations, smooth muscle spasms, trapped gas, digestive cramping and poor appetite.
Whey proteins are considered high quality because they have a more complete allowance of essential amino acids. Over 60% of the proteins found in whey are amino acids. Within whey protein, you will find high amounts of the branched chained amino acids; leucine, isoleucine, valine. These amino acids simulate protein synthesis and constitute 35% of amino acids in muscles. These particular amino acids are important for muscle repair.
Research on whey protein has primarily focused on its ability to build muscle. However, there have been several studies that have shown that lactoferrin, a multi-functional protein in whey, has a healthy growth stimulating effect on bones.