Chromium for Horses
KemTRACE® Chromium – the first product of its kind on the market – is a highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium that helps improve glucose utilization and reduce the negative impacts of stress leading to increased cellular energy and function. This results in improved upkeep, health, immunity, growth and performance of your horse.
Fed to millions of animals around the globe since its introduction in 2000, KemTRACE Chromium has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the rigorous Food Additive Petition (FAP) process for its use in horse feeds and supplements. Kemin has invested over 20 years and millions of dollars towards research, including more than 50 peer reviewed trials, that validate KemTRACE Chromium as a safe bioavailable and efficacious source of this essential nutrient.
KemTRACE® Chromium-OR — an OMRI Listed®, organic-compliant form of chromium propionate — is also available in the U.S. for use in organic horse diets.
Every cell in the horse relies on glucose to fuel its function and growth. Chromium mobilizes more blood glucose into tissue allowing for improved performance based on each individual animal's hierarchy of needs. Through this maximization of cell glucose utilization, chromium supplementation can result in improved health and performance – thereby maximizing the enjoyment of owning a horse.
Stress has a tremendous impact on the health and performance of the horse. Stressors include extreme weather, diet changes, travel, exercise, disease exposure and more. When under stress, horses release cortisol (a stress hormone), which may result in aggressive behavior, suppression of the immune system and increased risk of gastric ulcers, colic or diarrhea.1 Chromium has been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol, thereby reducing the negative impacts of stress.2
Activated immune cells are completely reliant on glucose for energy.3 Increased glucose uptake by the immune cells may help boost the horse's immune response, even under disease or pathogen challenges.
Research indicates that urinary excretion of chromium by human athletes is higher during exercise than when sedentary, indicating chromium's role in energy use.4
1Malinowski, K. (n.d.). Stress Management for Equine Athletes. Retrieved December 12, 2019, from https://esc.rutgers.edu/fact_sheet/stress-management-for-equine-athletes/.
2Pagan, J. D., S. G. Jackson, and S. E. Duren. (2018, March). The effect of chromium supplementation on metabolic response to exercise in thoroughbred horses. ker.com/published/the-effect-of-chromium-supplementation-on-metabolic-response-to-exercise-in-thoroughbred-horses.
3Palsson-McDermott, E. M. and L. A. O’Neill. (2013). The Warburg effect then and now: From cancer to inflammatory diseases. Bioessays. 35:965-973.
4Anderson, R. A., N. A. Bryden, M. M. Polansky, and P. A. Deuster. (1988). Exercise effects on chromium excretion of trained and untrained men consuming a constant diet. Journal of Applied Physiology, 64(1):249-252.
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