equine ulcers and healthy gastric function
Emerald Valley’s Manuka Plus is based on manuka honey, licorice and papaya. It is formulated to support healthy gastric function and to maintain the health of the intestinal tract.
Research shows that up to 50% of foals and 90% of adult horses have or will have gastric upset in their lifetime. Equine gastric upset can adversely affect your horse’s performance, attitude, body condition and overall well-being. It is said, “no gut, no horse, no glory”.
Emerald Valley’s Manuka Plus is based on manuka honey, licorice and papaya. It is formulated to support healthy gastric function and to maintain the health of the intestinal tract. Manuka Plus is recommended for horses during events such as stressful training, feeding of processed feeds, stall confinement, competition or travel.
Signs of gastric upset may include poor performance, irritability, loss of appetite, not finishing a meal, grinding of teeth and weight loss. Manuka Plus will naturally promote a healthy stomach lining.
The three key ingredients of Manuka Plus have numerous benefits for the equine’s gastric and intestinal tract. Our original formula composed of Manuka honey and licorice root helped balance the digestive system. Adding papaya to our original formula gave Manuka Plus a powerful enzyme called papain. Papain enzymes may help promote the digestion of proteins.
Honey has been used for medicinal purposes dating back thousands of years. In 1981, researchers at the New Zealand University of Waikato discovered that Manuka honey has a higher level of enzymes than regular honey. Manuka honey is very beneficial at balancing the digestive system to support stomach and intestinal balance. Manuka honey supports normal intestinal inflammation and discomfort and reduces free radical formation. Manuka honey also has an amazing nutritional profile including amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Not only is licorice a favorite flavor among horses, licorice has antioxidant and inflammatory properties that benefit the stomach and intestines. In modern medicine, licorice extract is used primarily to soothe the stomach lining. Licorice offers over 30 different flavonoids – phytonutrients providing antioxidant properties and cardiovascular support. The deglycyrrhizinated form of licorice (DGL) is used to manage discomfort of gastric upset.
Manuka Plus is ideal for long term use with intermittent breaks and is a natural alternative to chemical pastes.
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