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INGREDIENTS BACKGROUND

Protein

  • It’s as much about quality as it is about quantity, and we go to great lengths to ensure that only the best quality protein sources are used.
  • Protein is composed of individual amino acids, some of which the horse can manufacture from dietary components and others which must be supplied in the diet, known as “essential” amino acids.  These include lysine and methionine, which are so important. We add extra to our performance balancer for horses whose requirements are high, like breeding and performance horses.
  • The higher the proportion of essential amino acids supplied by a protein source, the better is deemed its quality.
  • Protein provides the building blocks of all body tissues, including muscle, tendons, ligaments and hooves.  When fed at recommended levels, the protein supplied by our feeds will promote the rounded top line and musculature that makes a Fibregenix supplemented horse stand out.

Oil/Fat

  • Seed meals such as linseed and sunflower found in Fibregenix balancers supply the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6, which the horse cannot manufacture for himself, and therefore need to be added to the diet.
  • A horse’s natural diet of grass is where he would normally get these fatty acids and grass contains a higher proportion of Omega 3 to 6.
  • Due to the way they are digested and metabolised, the calories supplied by seed meals are slow-release and non-heating.

Fibre

  • Fibre is fermented by bacteria in the horse’s hindgut to produce volatile fatty acids which are then used by the body as an energy source.  It should be the basis of every horse’s diet and the most cost-effective way to feed it is as preserved forage or fresh pasture.
  • Additional digestible fibre from oat hulls, wheat husks and Lucerne, is found in all the Fibregenix balancer supplement range.

Vitamins and Minerals

  • The balance of vitamins and minerals in Fibregenix balancers is carefully formulated to ensure that a horse receives all he needs to bridge nutritional gaps in the diet when fed at recommended levels.
  • Certain chelated minerals are included in all our balancers at tailored levels to support horses’ varying nutritional demands.  “Chelating” is a process whereby minerals are attached to other molecules, eg proteins or simple sugars, and helps the body absorb and utilise them more easily.
  • The specific chelate forms found in Fibregenix are unrivalled in their bioavailability and are utilised by the horse in a completely different way to other types of chelates.
  • Many vitamins and minerals act as antioxidants, protecting body cells from free radicals produced through metabolism and natural body processes.  Fibregenix balancers contain these antioxidant vitamins and minerals at levels to support health and well-being as well as performance.
  • Selenium is an important antioxidant and Alkosel organic selenium yeast is more readily available than other forms of this trace mineral.

 Digestive Enhancers

  • This collective term refers to ingredients like Actisaf Live Probiotic yeast, purified nucleotides and MOS & FOS prebiotics which are included to help promote gut efficiency.
  • Actisaf live probiotic yeast is included for its unrivalled ability in stimulating fibre digesting bacteria in the horse’s hindgut.  Maximum benefit is gained when it is included in the diet daily.
  • Safmannan MOS acts as a food source for beneficial gut bacteria so that they can flourish at the expense of pathogenic species.
  • Profeed FOS is a unique short chain fructo-oligosaccharide which can positively modify the gut microflora, enhance digestive health and help reduce the risk of digestive upsets as well as helping to strengthen the immune system and help to improve insulin sensitivity in the obese horse or pony.
  • Ascogen purified nucleotides have many far-reaching effects in the body, helping to increase nutrient absorption and red blood cell production to assist in stamina and performance as well as having a positive influence on immunity.

Non-Heating

  • A non-heating feed is one that is less likely to produce excitable behaviour in some horses and ponies when fed at the recommended rate.

 

 

 

What are nucleotides – how do they help the horse?

Nucleotides are nucleic acid, and are the building blocks of DNA and RNA, so any cell that replicates (which is pretty much all cells!) will replicate DNA and RNA to do so – i.e. repair from an injury/improving the villi that line the digestive tract to aid nutrient absorption/aid the repair of the laminae following laminitis – nucleotides help speed this process up.  As nucleotides will improve the production of red blood cells it also means more oxygen to working muscles = reducing lactic acid production = promoting fitness and stamina = reducing recovery rates.

Which form of Magnesium is in the Fibregenix products?

In the balancers it’s magnesium oxide, as you don’t need as fast an absorption rate as you do with one of our calmers.

In the calmer products it’s water soluble magnesium chloride which is the most bioavailable form of magnesium.

Iron content in Fibregenix balancer supplements

Prime Original and Lami Low-Cal contain no added iron in their formulations.  There will be some background iron but not a huge quantity.  It is included in Platinum Pro’s formulation as it forms part of the blood building package necessary for horses in hard work.

Feeding glucose/gluten intolerant horses

Is a Fibregenix balancer supplement safe to feed given that it contains wheat husks and oat hulls?

Remember that Glucose is present and constitutes part of the make up in all feedstuffs! However, the gluten in cereals is all in the grain so oat hulls and wheat husks will have miniscule gluten contents as it is from the hull of these cereals.

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