The Effect of Nutrition on Anhidrosis and Electrolyte Balance

Horses clinically affected by anhidrosis are unable to dissipate heat by sweating. Anhidrotic horses often show signs ranging from an increased respiratory rate and respiratory distress to an elevated body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. In addition, the athletic potential of anhidrotic horses is greatly limited, resulting in the loss of use of the horse unless the horse begins to sweat normally. While traditional therapy for anhidrotic horses has focused on moving the horse to a cool environment with low humidity, the natural ability to sweat can also be affected by several crucial nutrients.

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Condition Products Protocol
Overall Wellness
  • Platinum Performance® Equine or
    Platinum Performance® CJ
Administer 1 scoop of Platinum Performance® Equine or Platinum Performance® CJ BID.
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Platinum Refresh®
Administer 1-2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID and 1 scoop of Platinum Refresh® BID.
Electrolyte Balance
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Platinum Electrolyte
Administer 1 scoop of Platinum Performance® Equine BID and 2 scoops of Platinum Electrolyte SID or BID depending on conditions.

SID = 1 time daily, BID = 2 times daily, TID = 3 times daily.​

The Science Explained

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International Grand Prix Rider, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson

PRCA World Champion All-Around Cowboy, Trevor Brazile

Olympic Silver Medalist, Gina Miles

The Role of eNOS in Normal Sweating

In the horse, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) may promote peripheral vasodilation. An isoform of eNOS, neural constituent NOS (ncNOS) helps to regulate neurotransmission in the central and peripheral nervous system. Both forms of NOS are postulated to play an important role in the physiological control of sweating in the horse. Arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and thus may play a role in promoting blood flow for these pathways.

  • Anhidrosis Can Result in Increased Oxidative Damage

    When a horse is unable to sweat, oxidative damage likely increases due to high environmental heat stress. Therefore natural antioxidants, such as vitamin E and vitamin C, may be helpful in limiting the damaging effects of free radicals and other products of cellular oxidation. Results from a field trial of a commercially available product designed to support sweating in anhidrotic horses* showed a 66% success rate in restoring sweating.

    *Field trial results pertain to Platinum Refresh™ (patent pending)

  • Key Nutrients to Support Anhidrotic Patients

    • Arginine
    • Sodium
    • Potassium
    • Chloride
    • Vitamin E
    • Certain B Vitamins

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