The Equine Digestive System is Delicate and Unpredictable - Protect it with ForeDigest
Digestive Support from ForeFront Equine offers one of the most comprehensive equine digestive products on the market. The product combines several cutting edge ingredients all focused on providing a well-balanced and properly functioning G.I. tract.
Breakdown of Ingredients
BeneCell™ - As one of the most researched ingredients for use in animal diets BeneCell is well-documented for its efficacy in digestive health. 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 (the reproduction of cells). The production of new cells 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 immunoglobulins (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 digestive conditions like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). The pure nucleotides in BeneCell is also used in companion animal, bovine, swine, aquaculture and avian diets around the world due to its continued results. We are confident you and your horse will experience these same type of results while using Digestive Support 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 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.
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.
Please enjoy this article, written by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. on the many benefits of "Colostrum - An Exceptional Superfood"
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.
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 effective in the pH range of 3 to 8, working continuously throughout the pH variations in the digestive tract. This is critical as Kern (1974) measured pH in various segments of the horse's GI tract and these values range from 2.6 to 7.4.
The blend consists of a variety of digestive enzymes including amylase, protease, lipase and a very special enzyme mix. This mix is a very special enzyme complex that 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 that result in gas and pain. This mix 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, the equine enzyme blend was made specifically for horses making it not only safe but effective.
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 highest when the fruit is ripe. Proteolytic enzymes aid in protein digestion.
Unlike most of the conventional horse ulcer treatment options (Ulcer Guard, Gastro Guard, etc.), papaya is safe for long-term use. The aforementioned products use a calcium/magnesium antacid base to neutralize acid and coat the stomach wall with a chalky protective layer. However, if they are used over an extended period, resulting high levels of magnesium can interfere with the absorption of calcium. Low calcium levels can cause nervousness, bone changes, weak and aching muscles and abnormal heart rhythms. The expensive pharmaceuticals which reduce acid production are great for most acute ulcer symptoms. However, acid is needed to control and modify bacteria in the gut. If the acid levels are low for many months, "bad" bacteria, particularly Salmonella, can overpopulate the digestive tract and create conditions for colic.
Furthermore, prolonged low acid levels can cause poor absorption of vitamin B12, inefficient utilization of dietary protein, food allergies, bloating and foul manure. Papaya is a natural and very effective way to provide digestive support and nicely complements the other ingredients in Digestive Support.
Organic Ginger Root - Ginger root is most commonly known for its positive effects on gastrointestinal comfort. Ginger has shown to act by stimulating the intestines and promoting the production of saliva, digestive juices, and bile. This action lessens intestinal wall irritation and helps food move through more smoothly and comfortably. Ginger has been shown in some cases to help improve appetite and reduce digestive problems such as colic, diarrhea, intestinal spasms, gas and indigestion. But one of ginger's most well-researched benefits is its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting.
Ginger contains two constituents - gingerol and shogaol - which are thought to help stimulate your body's flow of digestive juices such as saliva, gastric secretions and bile, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Ginger may also help increase muscle tone around the intestines and aid the stomach in moving food down the digestive tract. Digestive Support includes an effective, but safe, amount of organic ginger root focused on providing optimal digestive support.
**Colostrum Description - Sourcing & Collection
Colostrum is collected from U.S. Grade A dairies. ForeFront Equine's colostrum is sourced from hundreds of farms from the major dairy regions of the U.S. Since the amount of bovine colostrum produced exceeds the needs of the neonate, the excess can be safely collected without impact to the health of calves. Every dairy in their supplier's collection system is operational in accordance with accepted dairy industry practices and is in compliance with 9 CFR 113.450 (C) standards as a licensed product ingredient. Their supplier assigns every procurement dairy with a unique identification number. This identification number is recorded throughout the manufacturing process for full trace-ability.
Immunoglobulins (IgG) are tested. The integrity of the product is guaranteed through strict quality controls and procedures and by utilizing innovative processing systems and drying techniques. ForeFront enforces strict operational quality controls and procedures. Along with public regulators like the FDA, USDA, CDFA, and WSDA, they guarantee their product quality by working with third party organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), NSF International and certifiers such as Kosher and Halal.
All dairies go through a stringent approval process, which includes the guarantee that synthetic hormones such as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) and antibiotics will not be allowed in the colostrum. Forefront Colostrum is organic and certified Non-GMO.
- Prebiotic Blend
- Probiotic Blend
- Equine-Specific Enzyme Blend
- All Natural Flavoring
- Crude Protein 29%
- Crude Fat 9%
- Crude Fiber 1.32%
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Sizing, Price and Serving Details
Each container of ForeDigest lasts for 30 days at one scoop per day.
- One jar (30 day supply) $75.95
- Two jars (60 day supply) $142.65
- Three jars (90 day supply) $209.85
* ForeDigest is shipped via FedEx Ground or U.S. Postal Service within 2 days of your order. Free Shipping is within the continental U.S. Shipping to Alaska or Hawaii, (sorry, no international orders at this time) will be charged separately. Please email GettyEquineNutrition@gmail.com or call 940-272-0001 for exact shipping charges prior to ordering.