Product Data Sheet
The equine digestive system is delicate and unpredictable. ForeDigest is designed to balance the horse’s G.I. tract and maintain overall health allowing horses to achieve optimal performance. ForeDigest includes a unique blend of organic ginger root, organic papaya, equine specific enzymes, an Equine Specific Probiotic/Prebiotic Blend, colostrum, and BeneCell™. Together, these ingredients support gastric health, intestinal function and digestive efficiency while providing proper nutritional balance.
The equine digestive system is unpredictable and surprisingly delicate. Keeping the G.I. tract in balance is key to maintaining overall health and reaching optimal performance. The stresses of everyday life can lead to a variety of digestive conditions. By supplementing with the right nutrients, you can help your horse maintain proper stomach, intestinal and gastric function, digestive efficiency, and a proper nutritional balance.
Digestive Support from ForeFront Equine offers one of the most comprehensive equine digestive products on the market. The product combines several cutting-edge ingredients that are focused on providing a well-balanced and properly functioning G.I. tract.
Here is a detailed breakdown of each ingredient in Digestive Support:
BeneCell – One of the most researched ingredients for use in animal diets, BeneCell is well-documented for its overall support in animal diets. BeneCell is 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.).
BeneCell‘s huge success is due to 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 a powerful defense against invading micro-organisms by producing immunoglobulin’s (antibodies). Considering that 70% of an animal’s immune system is in its 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 support microbial balance in the G.I. tract
- Weight maintenance, especially during times of stress
BeneCell is used worldwide in human nutrition to support immunity and athletic performance. The pure nucleotides in BeneCell are also used in companion animals, bovine, swine, aquaculture, and avian diets for its powerful results. We are confident that your horse will experience similar results while using ForeDigest from ForeFront Equine.
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 for 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.
Probiotic/Prebiotic Equine 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.
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 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.
Equine Specific Enzyme Blend – is a multi-enzyme blend of non-animal source enzymes made specifically to aid in the complex digestive system of horses. The blend is very beneficial in the pH range of 3 to 8, working continuously throughout the pH variations in the digestive tract. This is critical because pH in various segments of the horse’s GI tract range from 2.6 to 7.4.
The blend consists of a variety of digestive enzymes including amylase, protease, lipase, and a special enzyme mix. This enzyme complex is capable of breaking the 1-6 carbon bonds found in legume sugars. These sugars are difficult for horses to digest. When feed contains a high percentage of grain and/or alfalfa, the microbial flora ferment these sugars, which can result in the horses’ digestive discomfort. Equine Specific Enzyme Blend consists of the enzymes required for hydrolyzing plant based feed, regardless of the mix of grains, legumes and hay. It also unlocks metabolic energy and nutritive factors, increasing the nutritional value of feed. As with the Equine Specific Probiotic Blend, our product was made specifically for horses, making it safe and supportive.
Organic Papaya – It’s likely you don’t think much about your digestive system unless it gives you problems. When working properly, it breaks food down into smaller components so that your body can absorb and use nutrients from your diet. If healthy, your body produces the enzymes you need for proper digestion. Papaya contains a proteolytic enzyme called papain, which is most abundant when the fruit is ripe. Proteolytic enzymes aid in protein digestion.
Papaya is a natural and gentle way to provide digestive support without the risk of side effects resulting from conventional ulcer treatment options that inhibit the absorption of calcium. Papaya is a great complement to the other ingredients in Allstar.
Organic Ginger Root – Ginger root is commonly known for its positive effects on gastrointestinal comfort. It contains two constituents—gingerol and shogaol— which scientists believe help stimulate the flow of digestive juices such as saliva, gastric secretions, and bile. These juices help food move through the digestive system more smoothly and comfortably. Ginger may help support muscle tone around the intestines and the stomach, which also helps the movement of food through the digestive tract. Digestive Support includes a supportive and safe amount of organic ginger root focused on providing optimal digestive support.