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Properly functioning lungs and airway is critical for all equine athletes to reach their genetic potential. ForeRespiratory was specifically designed to support healthy, optimal lung function. Our proprietary blend of high-quality herbs helps to protect horses that are exposed to pollution, dust and mold. ForeRespiratory also contains BeneCell, a special blend of purified nucleotides that has proven equine research backing it for its ability to improve oxygen intake during performance.  Finally, the product contains two staples of every ForeFront product: equine specific probiotics and colostrum.

 BeneCell – A proprietary blend of purified nucleotides and other essential nutrients.  

Nucleotides play a critical role in the body by accelerating the cell proliferation process (cell regeneration).  Cell regeneration allows an animal to recover much quicker from any type of stress it is under (performance, illness, disease,

injury, etc.).  As one of the most researched ingredients for use in animal diets BeneCell is well-documented for its support in lung function.

 The following trial was conducted by an Equine Sport Medicine Unit who were faculty members of the Veterinary Medicine department at a major university. The trial summary was presented at the Congress of Equine Medicine and Surgery Proceedings.

 Two groups of thoroughbred horses, randomly distributed, were compared during a 12-week period for their cardio-respiratory and metabolic adjustment to strenuous exercise. During the whole experimental period, the principal group received once-a- day BeneCell, while the control group received a placebo. All other conditions were similar for both groups. The horses were trained following the same highly standard schedule.  The results were remarkable.

  • VO2, a measurement of oxygen intake, was 11% higher in the BeneCell group.
  • VCO2, which measures carbon dioxide production, was 19% higher in the BeneCell group. The lower the carbon dioxide levels the less oxygen is released to the tissues. Low carbon dioxide results in lack of oxygen for the cells. Muscle cells go into anaerobic respiration and produce lactic acid instead of carbon dioxide. Lactic acid is toxic and causes muscles to fatigue and further reduces carbon dioxide levels. The treated group had a 19% increase in carbon dioxide production which is significant.
  • EV, which is the expired minute volume/ VO2, was 14% higher in BeneCell group.
  • OP, which is oxygen pulse calculated by taking VO2/HR (heart rate), was 19% higher in BeneCell group.
  • O2 consumption was up substantially. During 9m/sec measurements, the BeneCell group had a 7.2% increase in O2 consumption compared to Control group. During 11m/sec measurements the TG had a 9.6% increase in O2 consumption compared to Control group.
  • O2 volume per heart beat increased by 9.6% and 10.8% with the BeneCell group in two different SETs.

The results of this study are unparalleled to any others in the equine industry.  It clearly demonstrates the success of BeneCell for respiratory support, a critical function when optimal performance is desired.     

 Colostrum – As nature’s first food, colostrum supplies immune and growth factors along with a perfect combination of vitamins and minerals to support overall health.  Colostrum has applications for every age, stage of life, and level of activity.  The equine digestive system is largely responsible for good health and, unfortunately, poor health as well.  Stress, diet, NSAID, and antibiotic use can have tremendous negative consequences on your horse’s digestion. 

 Digestive integrity is key to a horse’s health in many ways, as it is the foundation of immunity. Studies have shown that colostrum is a powerful aid for supporting your horse’s healthy digestive tract and immune system. Studies have also shown that it can even help to repair the lining of the GI tract. One study published in The Veterinary Journal (July 2012) indicated that colostrum contains a broad array of oligosaccharides vital to the digestive health of newborn foals.

 The colostrum used by ForeFront Equine comes from a proprietary treatment process that is recognized and approved by federal authorities and international product safety organizations. Gentle thermal processing techniques provide assurance against microbial contamination, while protecting superior immunoglobulin content, specific antibodies, growth factors, and other valuable components found within colostrum. 

 Equine Specific Probiotic/Pebiotic Blend - The performance and health of your horse is dependent upon the proper balance of digestive tract bacteria. Probiotics play a critical role in your horse’s diet by helping to ensure a healthy digestive tract, enhancing the immune system and defending against pathogenic agents in the digestive tract.  ForeFront Equine is the first equine company to use this unique Equine Specific Probiotic Blend. 

 The intestinal tract encompasses one of the most diverse microbial settings ever discovered.  Dependent on the life style and/or types of nutrition, the digestive tract could be subjected to minor or major alterations with possible vulnerability to disease. Thus, any disruption in the inherent nature of the GIT environment can inadvertently have unfavorable and irreparable, even tragic, consequences.  Today, “good” bacteria known as probiotics are used to maintain the microbial balance of the GIT ecosystem. 

 Experts agree that persistent viability of probiotics within the GIT is crucial to overall health, and the important factor here is that the “good” bacteria used in supplementation must be specific to the species. In animal supplements, the probiotic strains typically used are either human or bovine derived.  These are considered non-indigenous (foreign) as they are extracted from a non-species source. 

 Indigenous probiotic bacteria can tolerate the harsh conditions of the GIT (Iyer et al., 2005), while non-indigenous bacteria are unable to endure such harsh conditions.  The introduction of non-indigenous probiotics into the intestine can lead to some alterations in the microorganism environment resulting in the emergence of metabolic syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and other disorders in a short- or long-term period (Barzegari, 2014).   

 For this reason, ForeFront Equine is using a novel probiotic blend that includes two equine specific probiotic strains - Lactobacillus fermentum and Lactobacillus salivarius.  These indigenous strains were cultured directly from horses (in a non-harmful manner).  Since they are host specific they can withstand the rigors of the equine digestive tract.  Each digestive tract (human or animal) has a different pH, temperature, and ecosystem.  Supplementing your horses’ diet with a host specific strain greatly increases the likelihood of those strains surviving in your equine athlete’s complex digestive ecosystem. 

 Proprietary Herb Blend – The proprietary herbal blend in ForeRespiratory was specifically designed to support optimum lung function and maintain the integrity of a healthy respiratory tract. The herbs provide respiratory support along with a wide range of other benefits as they work synergistically with all the nutrients in the product.  Included is ginger, which has been found to support lung function by increasing lung capacity, the volume of the lungs after maximal inspiration. Animals with a compromised airway encounter a faster loss of lung capacity than those with optimal lung function.  Decreased lung capacity impairs bodily functions, physical activity and appetite. Other herbs included are coriander, sage, yucca and licorice all of which have shown the ability to support respiratory health.  This herbal blend was formulated specifically for ForeFront Equine by a world-renowned herbalist.