Want to know why we use certain ingredients?
Here are several we use along with the science behind them.
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.