Chromium for Horses

What is KemTRACE® Chromium?

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.

Why is Chromium Essential?

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

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

Equine stressors

Improved Immune Function

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.

Performance

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

Product Specifications

KemTRACE® Chromium 0.4% Spec Sheet

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KemTRACE® Chromium 0.04% Spec Sheet

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Resources

Benefits of Chromium in Horses

 

KemTRACE® Chromium is a highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium propionate that helps stabilize insulin receptors in animals, improving glucose use and reducing the negative impacts of stress. Every cell in the horse relies on glucose to fuel its function and growth. Maximizing each cell's utilization of glucose results in improved overall health and performance.

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5 Ways Kemin Ensures Quality and Safety

 

KemTRACE® Chromium – the first product of its kind on the market – is a safe, proven trace mineral for use in swine, dairy, beef, broiler and horse diets. This highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium helps improve glucose utilization for increased cellular energy and function. This results in better animal maintenance, reproduction, growth and immunity. KemTRACE Chromium has been fed to millions of animals around the world since its introduction in 2000. It is registered in more than 30 countries and is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-reviewed form of chromium propionate.

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KemTRACE® Chromium for Horses FAQ

 

Chromium is a trace mineral that helps improve glucose utilization for increased cellular energy and function. This results in better animal maintenance, growth, health and performance. Chromium accomplishes this by optimizing insulin receptors on the cell allowing for increased glucose uptake. KemTRACE Chromium supplies chromium to the diet in the form of chromium propionate.

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Glycogen and the Athletic Horse

 

Carbohydrates and fats supply the bulk of the energy to horses during exercise and use of each depends on the intensity of the exercise. During lower intensity exercise, approximately 42 percent of energy is supplied through the oxidation of fat, versus 58 percent from carbohydrates. During high intensity exercise, the ration can shift to 30 percent fat and 60 percent from carbohydrates. Regardless of intensity, top performance requires both an adequate supply of and efficient use of carbohydrates.

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References

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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