This week's Wellness Wednesday is brought to you by YS Nutrition. Lameness, swollen joints and weak bones and teeth are just some of the health problems equine health researchers say result from Vitamin D deficiency in horses. 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. 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 YS Nutrition’s Equine-D™ takes a "whole-food" approach to equine nutrition.
Produced from one of nature’s most powerful super foods – the mushroom – Equine-D™ is an all natural, organic blend of special proprietary edible whole medicinal mushroom species that provides multiple health benefits for horses – promoting healthy joints, reducing inflammation, supporting the immune system, increasing stamina, reducing stress and anxiety and increasing bone strength.
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. Equine-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.
Equine-D™ – An Excellent Source of the All-Important Vitamin D
Unlike other mushroom-based nutritional supplements, Equine-D™ contains certain mushrooms that are produced through a proprietary growing process. 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.
Medical research has indicated 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. It is much the same with horses. 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.
YS Nutrition’s Equine-D™ is the natural way to provide your horse with the power of Vitamin D.