Apple Cider Vinegar is the fermented juice of crushed apples and has been used for many years to support the health of a variety of systems including the skin, digestive tract, immune system and more. Many horse owners value it as a natural insect control as it causes thiamine (vitamin B1) to be excreted through the skin, repelling flies and mosquitoes.
Brewer’s Yeast is a source of B complex vitamins, trace minerals and is believed to discourage biting insects by causing an offensive skin odor. Brewer’s yeast is also a common name for a specific strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae which supports healthy fiber digestion (feed efficiency) and supports a healthy immune response.
Diatomaceous Earth is a whitish powder made up of the fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of prehistoric, hard-shelled algae. Some owners feed diatomaceous earth to their horses to help control internal parasites and reduce fly loads, since the sharp edges are said to penetrate the outer covering of worms and insects, causing dehydration and death.
DL-Methionine is an amino acid that must be provided in the diet since the body cannot create enough of its own. This means if it is not present in adequate amounts it limits the body's ability to make protein. Methionine can be converted by the body into another sulfur-containing amino acid, cysteine. Because the concentration of both these amino acids is highest in hoof and hair, methionine is often included in hoof health supplements.
Garlic is one of the most widely used herbs in the world, dating back thousands of years and liked by horse owners to help deter biting insects.
MSM: (Methylsulfonylmethane) Assists body to produce its own internal antioxidants which helps support natural inflammatory response by providing protection against oxidative stress. It is a great source of sulfur, which plays an important role in maintaining the health of collagen, cartilage, hooves, hair and joint fluid.
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine: NAC helps replenish glutathione levels, supporting a healthy inflammatory response in lung and bronchial tissue.
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) plays a role in supporting carbohydrate metabolism and normal muscle and nerve function. Thiamine supplementation has been shown to have a calming effect in horses displaying anxious/nervous behavior as a result thiamine deficiency and/or increased requirements.
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