While horses in their natural state generally get enough Vitamin D from sunshine, today's more stall-bound competition horses often suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, just as do office-working humans. In fact, nutritional researchers estimate that as few as 10 percent of humans have adequate levels of Vitamin D in their systems.
This deficiency doesn't bode well for either horses or humans. Everyone knows the importance of calcium for healthy bones and teeth, but without adequate Vitamin D, the body can't absorb and effectively use calcium. Vitamin supplements alone won't solve this deficiency problem. Nutritional research is showing that supplementation with vitamins often has little benefit. Vitamins and other important nutrients must be taken in complex combinations to be effectively absorbed and used by the body. And that's why the new EquiSANO D™ takes a "whole-food" approach to equine nutrition.
Mushrooms and their contained potent enzymes, bio-nutrients, and antioxidants are a complete biological system that has survived for more than 100 million years. Recently, Western civilization has turned its attention to this poorly understood food substance and come to recognize the important role of this early evolutionary biologic organism in promoting good health in both humans and animals. Mushrooms are the food that feeds the food, the great recycler that provides the essential nutrients needed by plants and animals. Mushrooms contain unique potent anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant compounds such as L-Ergothioneine (ERGO), polyphenols, Beta-glucans, and organic selenomethionine.
Mushrooms are fungi and their relationship to mammals – horses and humans included – is unique. These important fungi have an immune system similar to mammals in that the viral afflictions that occur in mushrooms also occur in many mammals. What makes mushrooms most valuable as a nutritional food is the fact that mushrooms manufacture the potent, stable antioxidant called L-Ergothioneine (ERGO). The biological significance of ERGO is only now beginning to be understood, but it is known that this important nutrient seems to play a dual role in both energy regulation and in protecting cells from oxidative damage.
The role of the immune system is to seek out and destroy invaders, such as viruses. But the immune system of horses is under constant stress from work and training and from the surrounding environment. As the immune system weakens, illness and diseases have a greater chance of taking hold. EquiSANO D™ provides the immune system with the support it needs to do its job. And it's not just a supplement, it's a food – a very complex food of these special organisms called mushrooms that have a unique ability to provide horses with the most potent natural immune system boosters available.
EquiSANO D™ – An Excellent Source of the All-Important Vitamin D
Unlike other mushroom-based nutritional supplements, EquiSANO D™ contains certain mushrooms that are produced through a proprietary growing process. These specialty mushrooms are also stimulated to dramatically increase contained natural Vitamin D2 to a very high level. These organic natural mushrooms can provide horses with a powerful nutritional weapon against a number of illnesses caused by Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that has many physiologic roles including maintaining blood levels of phosphorus and calcium, promotion of bone mineralization and calcium absorption, maintaining a healthy immune system, and regulating cell differentiation and growth.
Recent medical research indicates that Vitamin D deficiency in humans is a contributing factor in a number of diseases, including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a number of cancers, such as colorectal, prostate, breast and lung. Researchers in equine health believe that horses with Vitamin D deficiencies – often seen in stalled horses – contributes to lameness, swollen joints, weak bones and teeth, and a number of other conditions, such as melanoma.
Vitamin D might also play a role in increasing life spans. In a study conducted by Total Nutraceutical Solutions, Inc., producer of EquiSANO D™, Vitamin D-enriched Agaricus blazei Murill (AbM) mushrooms showed the ability to significantly increase the survival of a test organism known as Drosophila melanogaster (Drosophila), more commonly called the fruit fly.
This study revealed that ingestion of a natural organic edible whole food could increase biologic survival. Unaltered and Vitamin D2 enriched AbM dried powders significantly increased survival above controls, 4 percent and 15 percent respectively. The study was performed under contract by Model BioSystems Inc, using a proprietary Drosophila biologic model developed in the laboratory of Dr. Krishna Bhat, University of Texas, Galveston, Texas.
What may not be known by many people is the fact that Vitamin D3 is an animal-based Vitamin while the Vitamin D2 by TNS is plant-based. Many people, who prefer to avoid animal-based products, such as vegetarians, will now have access to vitamin D nutritional supplementation.
EquiSANO D™'s Disease Fighting Evidence
A growing body of research is backing the immune-boosting power of medicinal mushroom supplements such as EquiSANO D™ and this evidence is clearly in the blood. White blood cells are the body's main defenders in warding off infection, illness and disease and clinical studies indicate that mushrooms have the capacity to increase the number of these critical defenders. One of these studies involved feeding a mushroom-based supplement to horses with the result that blood drawn afterward showed a marked increase in the number of white blood cells in many of the horses.
Similar evidence is found in human studies. Researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts who studied the effect of mushrooms on humans found evidence that eating mushrooms can help fight off infections and viruses by boosting the body’s natural immune system. This study revealed that mushrooms improved hormone-like proteins called cytokines that defend against infections and tumors. Equine health researchers believe these benefits for humans apply to horses as well.
Other evidence of the immune-boosting powers of mushroom supplements comes from the world of equine dentistry. One good sign of a healthy immune system is healthy gums. Horses, like people, frequently suffer from a gum disease called periodontal disease, which refers to a number of inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontitis involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth and may eventually lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth if left untreated. It is caused by a convergence of bacteria that adhere to and grow on the tooth's surfaces, along with an overly aggressive immune system response against these bacteria.
Clinical studies involving the use of mushroom supplements to treat gum disease in horses has shown an amazing ability to improve overall gum health and, in some cases, to reverse serious gum disease. In one equine study, horses fed a mushroom supplement showed positive improvement of their condition after only 30-60 days of mushroom supplementation. This, and other studies, are what has led many to call mushrooms Nature's "Ultimate Super Food."™
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