Blue Chip Feed are always at the forefront of modern equine nutrition and are known for their innovative use of unique and revolutionary new ingredients in their Feed Balancers, and these include Nucleotides, Antioxidants and yeast probiotics, all of which contribute to achieving a healthy, happy horse as a result of efficient digestion to name but a few. In our latest feeding article, we try to help de-mystify some of the ingredients that we use to help you understand, and therefore provide the best quality nutrition for your horse or pony:
Nucleotides are molecules that make up the structural units of DNA and RNA and Blue Chip is the only UK feed balancer to include them in their entire range of balancers. Nucleotides have many benefits and their inclusion in the diet can provide the following three main advantages:
- Intestinal Development – Nucleotides increase the length and surface area of intestinal villi, which aids nutrient absorption and achieves better utilisation of dietary components, leading to a motile, healthy gut.
- Cell Replication – Nucleotides boost red blood cell replication, allowing more oxygen to be carried around the body, which improves fitness levels and recovery rates, as the onset of fatigue and lactic acid production is reduced in the working muscles due to the faster exchange of oxygen to the tissues.
- Immune Response – Nucleotides are proven to accelerate the proliferation of white blood cells in order to boost the immune response, as well as also increasing the number of phagocytes which help to control bacterial and viral infections, improving the chance your horse has at fighting pathogens in their body.
In addition to Nucleotides, Blue Chip also include Antioxidants in each feed balancer formula in order to reduce the damage caused by the production of harmful, naturally occurring, free radicals in the body which can lead to immune and nervous system dysfunction. Blue Chip Balancers contain a powerful, fruit derived form of Vitamin E, which is 4-6 times more bioavailable than its synthetic form which is found in most other feeds, and this combined with Vitamin C and Selenium that are also incorporated can benefit your horse greatly by ‘mopping up’ the free radicals and act to reduce the oxidative stress on cells.
Finally, including a probiotic in your horse’s diet is imperative to maintaining a healthy gut environment. In order to ensure that they are replenished
to promote the growth of fibre digesting bacteria, probiotics must be fed daily, and as a result, this helps your horse make the most of the feed and fibre that you input into their diet.
Probiotics are living microorganisms and contribute to the ‘gut flora’; a combination of several strains of bacteria, yeasts and fungi which when balanced, protect against harmful bacterial populations colonising. Also, probiotics increase gut motility and therefore promote efficiency of nutrient absorption as a result, helping to keep your horse happy and healthy from the inside out.
All these ingredients are present in the whole Blue Chip range and more information can be found at www.bluechipfeed.com
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