IMMUNE SUPPORT INGREDIENTS
Arguably the immune system takes more of a hit from exercise that other affronts. If your horse's immune system is struggling to keep up with the demands placed on it by exercise, then not only will performance suffer, but your horse will be more vulnerable to infectious disease, allergies and vaccine reactions. IMMUNE SUPPORT helps in two ways:
1. By supplying the key nutrient Glutamine needed for the innate immune system.
2. Providing nutrients needed for antioxidant enzyme systems that neutralise free racidals that would otherwise damage and kill cells.
Glutamine is needed to: Regulate T cell proliferation, cytokine production and cytokine sensitivity. Regulate B cell antibody production and secretion. Influence the number of activated killer cells. Support macrophage activity. Provide an energy source for immune system cells.
GLUTAMINE: blood levels of glutamine drop in exercising horses. Low availability of glutamine can severely compromise the function of the immune system cells.
The other nutrients in IMMUNE SUPPORT are needed for antioxidant enzyme systems that are the body's first line of defence against free radical damage.
SELENIUM, METHIONINE and GLUTAMINE are needed for Glutathione Peroxidase, a crucial antioxidant system for all tissues, including the intestinal tract.
COPPER & ZINC: needed for the antioxidant enzyme Superoxide Dismutase.
METHIONINE: needed for the antioxidant acetyl-L-carnitine and for Peroxiredoxins.
VITAMIN E: an antioxidant needed to protect muscle tissue from free radical damage.
L-CARNITINE: needed for the antioxidant acetyl-L-carnitine. Carnitine can help with insulin sensitivity. Supplementary L-Carnitine has beneficial effects in exercising horses with increased muscle adaptation to exercise.