The foundation formula for all our blends! Whether you’re looking for a quality supplement that is both affordable plus covers the basic nutritional needs for your pleasure and trail horse, or if you’re looking for a means to support your performance horse during the off season, ForeBasic+ is a great choice. ForeBasic+ harnesses the power of Colostrum, Benecell®, prebiotics and equine specific probiotics into a basic, yet complete, blend for horses who don’t require additional joint, digestive or lung support.
As one of the most researched ingredients for use in animal diets BeneCell is well-documented for its overall efficacy in animal diets. BeneCell is a proprietary blend of purified nucleotides and other essential nutrients. Nucleotides play a critical role in the body in that they accelerate the cell proliferation process (cell regeneration). Cell regeneration allows an animal to recover much quicker from the type of stress it is under (performance, illness, disease, injury, etc.).
The underlying reason for the success of BeneCell lies in the fact that the added nucleotides facilitate an accelerated immune response within an organism. An immune response is simply the ability of an animal to mount an effective defense against malignancies and invading micro-organisms by producing immunoglobulin’s (antibodies). Considering that 70% of an animal’s immune system is in their GI tract, the immune system itself is directly affected by the health of the digestive system.
The ability of BeneCell to provide a healthy digestive system is well-documented in clinical and case studies. These studies have shown that BeneCell positively affects….
Positive growth of intestinal villi which is vital for nutrient absorption
Reduction in pathogens such as E.coli
Increase in beneficial bacteria to help have a balance microbial balance in the G.I. tract
Helps maintain weight especially during times of stress
BeneCell is used worldwide in human nutrition to address conditions such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), cold and flu, and athletic recovery, to name a few. The pure nucleotides in BeneCell are also used in companion animal, bovine, swine, aquaculture and avian diets around the world due to its continued results.
One of the core ingredients in nearly all ForeFront Equine products is colostrum. Colostrum is an all-natural, multi-purpose nutritional ingredient that offers a healthy boost to an animal’s overall health. With over 70 Growth Factors and over 80 Immune Factors including Transfer Factor this whole food is a powerhouse of cellular, tissue, GI tract, and immune support.
With every ingredient hand selected by the ForeFront Equine nutritional team the colostrum they have selected brings tremendous value. 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.
The following are a few ways that colostrum can greatly benefit your equine athlete:
Digestive Support – As nature’s first food, colostrum supplies immune and growth factors along with a perfect combination of vitamins and minerals to support overall health. 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.
Several published studies have shown that colostrum plays a major role in digestive health. It not only protects the digestive tract from nasty bacterial infections, but also reduces the toxicity of those infections, and repairs the lining of the GI tract—all at the same time.
Digestive integrity is key to a horse’s health in many ways as it is the foundation of immunity. Colostrum is one tool you can employ to help support a healthy digestive tract and immune system for your horses.
Joint Support – Colostrum is best known for its digestive properties but it also has tremendous value for joint support. Through a landmark study scientists have found that colostrum can help relief joint pain. The study spanned 3 decades and was called the Ohio Survey. More than 8,000 people participated in the Ohio Survey and follow-up studies after that.
All the participants suffered from joint damage, pain, and/or stiffness. Each participant took colostrum daily. Then every 3 months, they recorded and rated their joint symptoms. The results? 8 out of 10 patients reported significant relief in joint pain. And 7 out of 10 reported less morning stiffness simply from taking colostrum.
Colostrum contains a peptide that helps relieve joint pain. Scientists call it the LMW peptide. Studies show it prevents and reduces painful inflammation in the joints.
Also, colostrum is the only natural source of insulin-like growth factor. Insulin-like growth factor increases cartilage and collagen production. This helps cushion joints so you can move more freely with less pain.
Not Just for Foals – The most common, and known, use of colostrum is in foal diets. This is certainly a tremendous, and sometimes, needed application. Foals that do not receive adequate colostrum suffer from a syndrome called failure of passive transfer (FPT), which is estimated to affect up to 25 percent of newborn foals and predisposes them to life-threatening diseases. Because of the obvious importance of colostrum to the newborn foal, many broodmare farms and veterinary clinics maintain stores of frozen colostrum to be used in an emergency.
Even though colostrum is seen as an immediate need for foals that shouldn’t stop horse owners from continually providing colostrum to their horses. Colostrum’s bioactive agents can boost overall immune function, promote intestinal healing and help prevent immune system hyperactivity for horses of all ages.
Research indicates that colostrum may help:
Support immune system function
Combat bacteria and viruses
Enhance skin and muscle rejuvenation
Support joint and cartilage function
Build lean muscle mass
Maintain healthy intestinal flora
Increase strength and stamina
Accelerate healing of injury or trauma
PubMed, which is a search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics, currently lists 2,945 studies with bovine colostrum. This clearly demonstrates its proven efficacy and interest among the scientific community in the use of colostrum.
Probiotic/Prebiotic Equine Blend
The performance and health of your horse is dependent upon the proper balance of digestive tract bacteria. For this reason probiotics play a critical role in your horse’s diet. They help to ensure a healthy digestive tract; enhance the immune system and defend against pathogenic agents in the digestive tract. ForeFront Equine is the first equine company to use this unique equine specific probiotic blend. Why are probiotics essential and, more importantly, why equine specific probiotics?
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 some minor, or major, alterations with possible implications in disease. Thus, any disruption in the inherent nature of the GIT environment can inadvertently have unfavorable and irreparable even tragic consequences. Today, 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 a determining indicator for the efﬁcacy of probiotics, however the health promoting outcomes may be intriguingly challenging. All these happen because the isolated strains, used as probiotics, are not either species specific (also known as indigenous) or carefully selected. In animal supplements, the probiotic strains used are primarily either human or bovine derived. These are considered non-indigenous (foreign) as they are extracted from a non-specie 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). Being that 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. For this reason having a host specific strain greatly increases the likelihood of those strains surviving the complex digestive ecosystem.