Inflammation and Your Horse

Inflammation is a necessary and important part of the horse's infection-fighting and healing process. However, when inflammation goes systemic or becomes chronic, it can wreak havoc on your horse's health and wellbeing. Learn more about how you can mitigate the underlying causes of unwanted inflammation in your horse – such as Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS).

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs when the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is compromised, allowing harmful pathogens or toxins to cross the intestinal barrier and be absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in inflammation. Common environmental and situational stressors – ranging from pathogens and parasites to hay changes and trailering – can all lead to LGS. The best way to prevent LGS or help to heal a leaky gut is through good nutrition and attention to gut health. Feeding nutrients that support gut health will help mitigate the everyday "slow leak" and improve your horse's and wellbeing.

Elevated Blood Glucose

Elevated blood glucose (hyperglycemia) can lead to systemic inflammation, which in turn can further disrupt glucose use, resulting in even higher blood glucose levels – a vicious feedback cycle.1 Supplementing chromium can help improve insulin sensitivity by promoting the efficient clearance of the glucose from the bloodstream.2

Resources

The Horse: It's All Connected

Nancy S. Loving, DVM

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Equine Wellness: Equine Leaky Gut Syndrome – Part 1

Michael I. Lindinger

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Equine Wellness: Equine Leaky Gut Syndrome – Nutrients for a Healthy Gastrointestinal Tract

Michael I. Lindinger

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Inflammation and Your Horse

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Nutritional Solutions from Kemin

ButiPEARL Z EQ: An encapsulated source of butyric acid and zinc that helps protect and strengthen the intestinal barrier.

CLOSTAT®: Contains a patented strain of Bacillus subtilis (PB6) – a probiotic that helps improve intestinal health by maintaining a healthy microbial balance.

KemTRACE® Chromium: Improve insulin sensitivity, increase glucose utilization and reduce stress hormone levels. The only FDA-reviewed source of chromium for horses on the market today.

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