BiostarEQ Team Dressage Trainer Jim Koford Knows the Value of a Good Gut

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"The value of a strong immune system begins in the gut." Tigger Montague - BiostarEQ
When High Performance Dressage trainer Jim Koford first brought Shirley McQuillan’s Kentucky bred Rhett, to Florida the big but sensitive gelding’s immune system reacted to the change in environment. “Our horses are exposed to all kinds of bacteria, viruses when they compete.” Koford pointed out. “At the first CDI he had broken out in scratches and his skin was irritated all over. He just didn't feel up to par. We finished sixth in that CDI, our first, but Rhett wasn't himself.” Koford recalled. Enter long time friend and formulator for BiostarEQ products, Tigger Montague. With 29 years experience in equine and human supplementation Montague’s wellness program introduced Colostrum-38 into Rhett’s nutritional regimen.

Rhett started feeling better quickly. “By the time of the second CDI, three weeks later, everything had cleared up, his coat looked beautiful, and I was able to deliver a better performance.” Koford recalled. The pair went on to top their winter season winning the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI Grand Prix 3* with a 67.489, earning them a spot on the USEF Long List for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Now planning a trip to the Netherlands to train with Edward Gal, Rhett’s system is bolstered with BioStar’s Nutritional support system.

Bovine Colostrum: one of Nature’s super whole foods
Bovine colostrum is a unique whole food that contains 97 immune factors, 87 growth factors, plus bioactive proteins, peptides, prebiotics, probiotics, glycoproteins, antioxidants, essential amino acids, branched chain amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

Of particular benefit to horses is bovine colostrum’s immune factors which control and modulate the body’s two principle immune defense systems: humoral and cellular. This ability to modulate and establish homeostasis of the immune systems is very important because the already stimulated immune systems (as in the cases of autoimmune disease, or allergic reactions) do not need more stimulation; likewise a weak immune system needs to be stimulated to fight the antigens.

Among the principle immune factors identified and studied in bovine colostrum are: Lactoferrin, Transferrin, Cytokines, Proline-Rich polypeptides (PRP,) Lysozymes, Lactoperoxidase, and Transfer Factor.

The immune factors in colostrum have been shown to help the body inhibit the binding of pathogenic invaders to the gastrointestinal tract. These immune factors include the Immunglobins and specific antibodies. The immunglobins provide a defense against viral infection, bacterial infection, allergies, fungus, and yeast. Colostrum provides five types of immunoglobins: IgA, IgD, IgG, IgE, and IgM.

There are 20 specific antibodies in colostrum that target specific pathogens including: rotavirus, cryptosporidium, salmonella, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and E. coli.

Benefits of Growth Factors:
Colostrum supplies specific growth factors that help muscular-skeletal repair, assist in formation and repair of connective tissue, bone, and cartilage; assist in wound healing, and help repair DNA and RNA. Colostrum’s growth factors help to maintain normal blood-sugar levels, and support health of the lining of the gastro intestinal tract.

Among the specific growth factors indentified and studied in bovine colostrum are: Insulin-like Growth Factor I (IGF-I), Insulin-like Growth Factor II (IGF-II),Transforming Growth Factor (TGF-a), Epithelial Growth Factor(EGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), and Growth Hormone (GH).

Anti-inflammatory action:
Specific receptor proteins in colostrum bind and inactivate one of the principle, bioactive proteins called soluble tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-a) . TNF-a is the activator of the entire inflammatory cascade, so by controlling it’s activity, colostrum helps to control the inflammatory response.


Bovine colostrum provides performance horses with the bioactive and bioavailable growth and immune factors, which provide GI tract support, immune modulation, cellular repair of muscle, connective tissue, cartilage, intestinal mucosa, and bone, as well as regulation of the inflammatory cascade.
The immune factors assist the horse in the inhibition of pathogenic invaders.

Bovine colostrum may not give your horse a better piaffe, or better balance in collection, or a fault-free show jumping round, or a clean and fast cross country round. But what it will do is provide your horse with a super whole food that can help the equine athlete’s body maintain superior health.

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