In general, trace minerals are required for vitamin synthesis, hormone reproduction and growth and health processes. Deficiencies usually occur either because horses don’t consume enough of a trace mineral or because absorption of the trace mineral is inhibited by a dietary antagonist.
University trials show organic trace mineral supplementation has superior benefits as compared to inorganic sulfates, oxides, carbonates and chlorides. Organic minerals have a higher bioavailability than inorganic forms. They also appear to have greater value when an animal is under stress. Significant data shows enhanced immune function and reduction in hoof degradation when feeding organic trace elements.
Organic trace minerals are more bioavailable, which means they provide more nutrient retention by the horse. This translates into improved nutrition and ultimately better health status and performance than nonbioavailable nutrients.
Looking closer, we see not all organic trace minerals are the same. Through modern technology we take a trace mineral and protect it using patented polysaccharide complexing.
This method bonds a polysaccharide to a trace mineral, protecting it both physically and chemically as it travels to the small intestine where it can be absorbed. This process allows for a greater level of trace minerals to avoid degradation in the intestinal tract and is, therefore, more available in higher concentrations for direct absorption. This bond economically and effectively delivers critical trace minerals to the absorption sites without interference, providing maximum trace mineral activity where needed.
Trace mineral requirements vary depending on the horse. We need to consider the horse’s work load, or activity level. Nutritionists agree - while forages and grains supply dietary minerals, trace mineral content (as well as availability) are reliant on soil ph, density of growth, stage of harvest and soil mineral concentrations. Requirements can also increase due to stress, performance level or stage of production and breeding. For these reasons it is to our advantage to look for supplementation that utilizes protected trace minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, manganese and magnesium.
BioGold Plus™ (Pellet)
Uniquely blended and pelletized hoof health supplement containing 28 mg of Biotin per serving with Methionine and MSM.
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