Nutrition and Immune Support

The equine immune system responds best to potential microbial pathogens when the levels of systemic inflammation and oxidative stress are low and there is sufficient availability of specific amino acids. Inevitably, times of excessive stress will arise during which the immune system is not equipped to appropriately respond, whether due to surgery, injury, infectious outbreaks or competition. During these times, additional immunonutrients, such as immunoglobulins, growth factors, thymic protein and immune-modulating cytokines, can provide the added protection to help preserve your horse's health.

Nutritional Solutions to Support Your Patients

See our recommended Platinum Protocols for common equine conditions and injuries.

Condition Products Protocol
Overall Wellness
  • Platinum Performance® Equine or
    Platinum Performance® CJ
Administer 1 scoop of Platinum Performance® Equine or Platinum Performance® CJ BID.
Immune Support
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Platinum Balance®
  • Platinum Immune Support
Administer 2-3 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine, 1-2 scoops of Platinum Balance® and 1 level scoop of Platinum Immune Support BID.
Respiratory Infections
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Platinum Immune Support
Administer 2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID and 1 level scoop of Platinum Immune Support BID.
Shipping Stress
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Platinum Balance®
  • Platinum Immune Support
Administer 1-2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine and 1-2 scoops of Platinum Balance® BID before and during shipping. For horses at high risk, administer 1 level scoop of Platinum Immune Support BID.

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

The Science Explained

Nutrients Key to Maintaining a Healthy Immune System

  • Omega-3 fatty acids enhance immune responses. For example, horses supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids (from either flax or fish oil) have a more rapid immune response to intradermal injection of phytohemogglutinin than control horses.
  • Amino Acids are viewed as critical for their role as building blocks for proteins. More recently, functional amino acids, namely arginine, glutamine, cysteine, methionine, tryptophan and phenylalanine, have been identified that play a direct part in processes such as growth, reproduction, and immunity.
  • Bovine Colostrum, when administered orally, benefits at the level of the intestinal enterocyte, where the immunoglobulins recognize and neutralize potential pathogenic organisms.
  • Immunolin™ is a product designed to provide protection within the intestinal lumen. Some of the components of Immunolin™ include, Immunoglobulins, Transferrin, Mitogenic Growth Factors and Immune-regulating cytokines.
  • Thymic Protein Extract is purified from the calf thymus gland, an organ that plays a major role in activating the immune system. This bovine-derived extract promotes the maturation of T-lymphocytes, as well as subsequent functioning of both T and B lymphocytes in humans and laboratory animals. Orally-administered calf thymic extract improves the activity of thymic hormone in humans; this hormone regulates the activity of immune cells, such as natural killer cells.

The Effect of Antioxidants on the Immune System

Excessive free radical activity without an adequate antioxidant defense results in cellular oxidative damage, which can impair immune function. Strategies to remedy imbalances between endogenous oxidants and antioxidants often include dietary intervention, including antioxidant supplementation. In this regard, the results of several studies suggest that adequate availability of various antioxidants is essential to improving or restoring normal immune function.

Immune Support in Times of Stress

Supplemental products containing high concentrations of immunoglobulins, thymic protein and colostrum, as well as growth factors, key polypeptides, lactoferrin, transferrin and immune-supporting cytokines can provide added pathogen protection for horses during times of excessive stress or outbreaks of infectious diseases. These products are often designed to provide extra support for the gut, the first line of defense against pathogenic micro-organisms, by maintaining a protective barrier between the external surroundings and internal environment.

The Science Behind the Supplements

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