Nutrition and Equine Allergic Response

Allergic reactions are characterized by immune-mediated inflammatory responses to allergens that may be ubiquitous in nature. Consequently, allergic reactions can be more than just a nuisance to equine patients. While providing a balanced diet is critical, especially as the skin regenerates rapidly and provides the “first line” of defense against environmental factors and invading organisms, supplementation of the diet with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, trace minerals and immune-enhancing nutrients can provide further support for the health and well-being of the horse.

Nutritional Solutions to Support Your Patients

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

Condition Products Protocol
Skin and Hair Coat
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
Administer 1-2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID.
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Skin & Allergy
Administer 1-2 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID and 1 heaping scoop of Platinum Skin & Allergy BID.
Verrucous Sarcoid (Topical Use)
  • Platinum Performance® Equine
  • Repress Topical
Administer 2-3 scoops of Platinum Performance® Equine BID and apply Repress Topical to the lesion BID.

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

The Science Explained

Supplementation for Allergy Support and Coat Health

The Effect of Nutrition on Skin and Allergy Health

Minimizing Allergic Response in Equine Patients

  • Omega-3 fatty acids support normal healthy allergic and immune-associated responses by helping to moderate the immune and inflammatory state of the animal, inhibiting the lipoxygenase enzyme and controlling the synthesis and activities of cytokines.
  • Thymus Extract is purified from the calf thymus gland, an organ that plays a major role in activating the immune system. This extract promotes the maturation and subsequent functioning of specific immune cells that help support normal healthy allergic responses and infections.
  • Quercetin has the ability to help prevent cell membrane lipid oxidation, stabilize cell membranes, and limit the production of histamine.
  • Vitamins A and D decrease the expression of proteins implicated in inflammatory conditions of the skin.
  • Vitamin E is a natural, potent, fat-soluble antioxidant that stabilizes cell membranes and protects against oxidative damage.
  • B Vitamins help prevent dull hair coats and loss of hair.
  • Zinc acts as a cofactor for DNA synthesis, is important in the growth and repair of the skin and has been reported to have anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing activities.

The Science Behind the Supplements

Studies performed by researchers at the University of California at Davis compared various responses in supplemented vs. non-supplemented horses.

  • Expression of genes for TNF-α and IL-6 were lower by 69% and 85%, respectively, in supplemented horses.
  • In another study, supplemented horses also had lower expression of TNF-α as well as IFN-γ genes.
  • Wheals that developed in response to injection of Mixed Grasses antigen were decreased in size in supplemented horses by more than 50%.
  • The mean reaction to the Mite-Lepidoglyphus Destructor antigen, Mosquito Culicidae and Culicoides spp antigens were decreased in supplemented horses.

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Supplementation for Allergy and Coat Health

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