Equine supplement shows promise of improving gut health – Horse Racing News



Contributing to three recent research papers on a nutraceutical called “Gs Formula,” Dr. Wendy Pearson of the University of Guelph has been very busy. Approached by GS Organic Solutions in British Columbia, Pearson investigated the potential of Gs Formula to improve gastric health, particularly for horses with a history of lower severity colic episodes.

“In the first study, we found that there was actually a significant increase in gastric smooth muscle contractility when the smooth muscle was exposed to the GS formula,” Pearson said of the first in vitro study. “The smooth muscle bands became more sensitive to a contractile stimulus (acetylcholine), which may indicate application of the product to increase contractility of the gastrointestinal tract. A feed additive that can speed up the transit time of feed through the horse’s digestive tract could prove to be extremely beneficial for horses at risk of developing impaction colic.

The second in vitro study also highlighted a role in accelerating gastric transit time, noting that small pieces of gastric mucosa grown in the presence of Gs Formula produced an increased amount of a hormone (gastrin), which promotes contractility. of the stomach.

Watch this video interview to find out what happened in the third study involving Standardbred racehorses.

Dr. Pearson has been involved in nutraceutical studies since 1997 and can attest to the progress made in the field in terms of regulation, including Health Canada oversight. When asked about the characteristics of a research-backed supplement, Pearson said that “the best protection for a horse is to buy products from companies that invest in objective third-party research.” Pearson goes on to explain that efficacy research is always a big deal. Much of the research used to scientifically support the products does not focus on the actual product; it’s on research that other companies have done on similar products, or from research on individual ingredients. But there are a few equine supplement companies that are making substantial investments in their product line by conducting evidence-based product research.

“The future of nutraceuticals is very exciting, and the sky is the limit,” says Pearson, “the interest and availability of research funding for this type of research is increasing and it’s really coming from the manufacturers, so they deserve a loud cry outside. “

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