Why is Digestive RP a game changer for Thoroughbreds?

Why is Digestive RP a game changer for Thoroughbreds?

Why is Digestive RP a game changer for Thoroughbreds?

Linda Goldspink-Lord 

 

Digestive RP is a total tract gut supplement, designed to support normal gut health and function as well as maximise digestion for racing and performance horses.

Here is how Digestive RP helps to support performance and health and how it is different to other products on the market.

 

The Stomach challenges

A horse’s stomach releases acid 24/7. Modern feed regimes leave horses for periods of time without feed. 

PLUS, racing and performance horses spend extended periods of time off feed when they are travelling and competing. 

During these times, a horse’s stomach can be empty of fibre and become highly acidic. This leaves horses at risk of gastric ulcers!

The Digestive RP solution

Powerful Dual Buffering Effect

Digestive RP uses two research backed buffers to help maintain a normal stomach pH. Calcified red marine algae, with its open honeycomb structure and superior buffering capacity works together with powerful magnesium hydroxide to help maintain a normal stomach pH.

Market Leading Amino Acid Profile

    Digestive RP contains a superior profile and quantity of amino acids including glutamine, threonine, proline, serine and leucine. These amino acids help the stomach to produce its protective mucin and reduce a stomach's susceptibility to ‘injury’. Plus, they accelerate gut wall recovery.

    Did you know: Digestive RP is 8.5% amino acid, providing just over 11 grams of amino acid per 130-gram dose! This is the highest dose of amino acids on the gut health supplement market!
     
    Did You Know? Leucine is the only amino acid that switches on the muscle building process. Increasing the leucine in a horse’s diet improves the chances for muscle building to occur.
     
    Balanced Calcium to Magnesium Ratio

      All marine calcium-based gut health products rely on the calcium compounds they contain as a buffer. Which means they are typical high-calcium products.

      To a horse’s body, calcium and magnesium are very similar minerals… which means they share absorption and hormonal control mechanisms and sensors. To make sure they ‘play nicely’ together they must be in the correct ratio in the diet. 

      Too much calcium and not enough magnesium may affect the absorption and metabolism of magnesium. And this can lead to issues with bone health, nervous function and behaviour. To ensure correct magnesium absorption and metabolism, Digestive RP has a balanced calcium to magnesium ratio. This feature is unique to Digestive RP (and our improved Digestive EQ)!
       
      Did you know: Digestive RP And Digestive EQ are the only Marine Calcium based gut health products on the market that also have a balanced calcium to magnesium ratio!
       
       

      The Small Intestine Challenges

      Modern day diets contain ingredients that were not a large part of the natural diet of a horse. Which means our horses are not well equipped to digest them! 

      Starchy cereal grains like oats and corn are amongst the toughest ingredients for our modern-day horses to digest in the small intestine. So, horses are often only able to partially extract the nutrients they contain.

      AND if grains go undigested in the small intestine, they will end up in the hindgut. There, the starch they contain ferments rapidly, causing a build-up of acid. This acid then kills a horse’s beneficial bacteria. 

      When these beneficial bacteria are killed, energy supply to the muscles is dramatically reduced and horses can become B-vitamin deficient which then affects a muscles ability to generate power. And this will affect speed and stamina. (Refer to section on beneficial bacteria)

      To add to this, grain-based rations contain large amounts of phytate. Phytate is the natural form of phosphorus found in seeds and grains. In the gut, phytate will bind minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc, as well as amino acids, preventing them from being absorbed.

      Plus, modern day conserved feeds and forages can be contaminated with mycotoxins… highly toxic chemical compounds produced by fungi. When eaten, mycotoxins do all sorts of damage inside a horse’s body, including attacking the liver and causing dramatic changes in behaviour.

      The Digestive RP solution

      High Strength Carbohydrase Enzymes

      Research shows that when carbohydrase enzymes are added to cooked grains, starch digestion is significantly increased! (See graph – Control group were not given enzymes, reference is Richards et al 2004).

      Digestive RP uses a blend of carbohydrase enzymes to help horses unlock starch and cut it up into glucose for absorption.

      The result… horses extract more glucose from their diet to top up those crucial muscle glycogen (energy) supplies! AND starch is kept out of the hindgut, so the beneficial fibre fermenting hindgut bacteria remain healthy and in balance.

      Did you know: A 130-gram dose of Digestive RP contains enough carbohydrase enzyme to effectively digest up to 6.5 kg of cooked grain.
       
      Did you know: Digestive RP contains enzymes specifically aimed at helping a horse digest the starch from cereal grains.
       

      Phytase Enzyme

      Phytase enzyme is included in Digestive RP to break down the naturally occurring phytate in the diet from seeds and grains. In breaking the phytate down, mineral and amino acid absorption is maximised.

      Next Gen Mycotoxin Binder

      Lots of mycotoxin binders work like a magnet. They move through the gut and bind mycotoxins which stops them being harmful. But just like you can’t pick up paper with a magnet, not all mycotoxins are able to be ‘bound’ in this way. 

      Next generation Mycotoxin Binders like the one in Digestive EQ have binding and deactivating capabilities to give them a broader range of activity across more mycotoxins. 

      The key to a horse’s overall health is the health of their hindgut bacteria! 

      When the hindgut is in balance and dominated by a diverse population of the good fibre fermenting bacteria a horse will be healthy. 

      In Balance with Diverse Good Bacteria

      • Efficient fibre digestion
      • Constant supply of energy to the muscles
      • Ability to maintain weight
      • Calm, safe behaviour
      • Well-formed manure
      • Vitamin production to support muscle energy generation
      • Good appetite
      • Healthy hooves
      • Strong immune function
      • Normal hormone production
      • Lower stress

      When the hindgut bacteria are out of balance, and either have low diversity or are dominated by starch and sugar fermenting (predominantly lactic acid producing) bacteria the horse will experience challenges.

      Out of Balance with Low Diversity and Bad Bacteria

      • Reduced fibre digestion
      • Weight loss and reduced time in training
      • Reactive, dangerous behaviour
      • Soft, acidic smelling manure
      • Vitamin deficiency or reduced muscle energy
      • Loss of appetite
      • Poor hoof quality
      • Poor immune function and loss of time in training due to illness
      • Disrupted hormone production
      • Higher stress, anxiety and tying up

       

      The Hindgut Challenges

      Modern day racing and performance horse diets, often with their lower fibre and higher starch content pose MASSIVE challenges to a horse’s hindgut. Our modern diets often reduce the diversity of the bacteria in the hindgut. OR they allow the ‘bad’ bacteria to dominate. This unbalanced state in the hindgut poses a multitude of health and behavioural issues.

      Did you know: Research shows postbiotics are more effective at supporting hindgut function than traditional prebiotics.

      Did you know: Our hindgut postbiotic can also help your horse cope with stress. Research shows reduced whole-body stress (lower serum cortisol and lower serum amyloid A) following exercise in horses fed our Digestive RP postbiotic. 

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      The Digestive RP solution

      Digestive RP contains a Saccharomyces cerevisiae postbiotic that has been shown in research to:
      1. Support the hindgut fibre fermenting bacteria, helping them to increase the amount of muscle energy they are able to produce via fibre fermentation.

      1. Reduce whole-body stress, with horses supplemented having lower serum cortisol and lower serum amyloid A (SAA) after exercise; and
      2. Support joint health, with supplemented horses having lower Prostaglandin E2 (a biomarker used to assess inflammation) in their joints following exercise.

       

      Supplement Feature

      Digestive RP

      Digestive EQ

      Other Leading Gut Supplement

      Dual Buffering Aids

      Yes
      (the strongest buffering with a higher dose of magnesium hydroxide)

      Yes

      No

      Glutamine

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Threonine

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Proline

      Yes

      Yes

      No

      Serine

      Yes

      Yes

      No

      Leucine

      Yes

      No

      No

      Highest Dose of Amino Acids

      Yes

      Second only to RP

      No

      Balanced Calcium to Magnesium Ratio

      Yes

      Yes

      No

      Carbohydrase Enzymes

      Yes 

      (Enough to digest up to 6.5 kg of grain)

      Yes

      (Enough to digest up to 4.5 kg of grain)

      Unknown

      Phytase Enzyme

      Yes

      No

      No

      Hindgut Postbiotic

      Yes
      (higher dose than Digestive EQ)

      Yes

      No