“Which product is best for my horse? Do I need hemp oil or camelina? Do I use Flex-Well or Comfort Zone? Or Furnace?” We hear these questions a lot! Well, here we are to help clarify what equine supplement to use when.
Probiotics: BioFlora or Bio Yeast?
BioStar’s BioFlora EQ combines different strains of active cooling microorganisms from the Lactobacillus family that help cool the “fire” (inflammation) in the GI tract. It is recommended for horses with loose stools or diarrhea, horses in antibiotic or worming therapy, and horses under stress.
Biostar’s Bio Yeast EQ is a warming probiotic that provides two strains of active yeast that work primarily in the hindgut to digest fiber and maintain proper pH. It is recommended for helping horses gain and maintain weight, and is an especially beneficial supplement for hard keepers, older horses, and horses on limited turnout or in dirt paddocks.
Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds?
Both of these foods are excellent sources of omega-3, but Chia Seeds have some noticeable additional benefits. Chia is a high mucilage seed that helps slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, making it an excellent choice for easy keepers and metabolic horses. The mucilage in chia also can replace products like psyllium to help remove sand from the GI tract. Chia also provides the amino acid proline, which is a major constituent of collagen; this is particularly important for horses with connective tissue challenges or weakness.
Hemp Seed oil or Camelina oil?
Both of these oils provide omega-3, 6, and 9. Hemp seed oil is lower in omega-3 than camelina, but also provides gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which camelina does not. GLA is used by the body to regulate the prostaglandins (hormone-like substances involved with inflammation and blood flow). Because of hemp oil’s GLA content, it is an excellent choice for reducing inflammation in the GI tract, and is highly recommended for hindgut ulcers.
Camelina oil is one of the richest sources of vitamin E, making it an excellent choice for horses needing vitamin E augmentation, horses needing the antioxidant support of vitamin E, and horses with EPM, EPSM, or PSSM. One of the advantages of a whole food vitamin E is that it provides the family of tocopherols, not just the isolated d-alpha tocopherol.
BioStar’s hemp oil and camelina oil are not solvent extracted or heat processed; they are both cold-pressed oils providing higher bioavailability.
Star Lyte or Cool Star?
Biostar’s Star Lyte EQ is an electrolyte formula like no other. It provides three different sources of electrolytes and trace minerals plus sea vegetables from Himalayan sea salt, Hawaiian black lava salt, Celtic sea salt, and the nutritional seaweed Alaria esculenta, making it the most comprehensive electrolyte supplement on the market. Most equine electrolyte supplements use inorganic forms of electrolyte minerals (carbonates, oxides) and the laboratory-created potassium chloride (commonly used for making fertilizer, de-icing products, and included in the “three-drug cocktail” used for executions by lethal injection).
BioStar’s Cool Star EQ is a body-cooling formula that provides a variety of foods that are cooling to the system: cucumbers, butternut squash, parsley, fennel, mango, coconut, sunflower seeds, and chia. Also included are BioStar’s cooling probiotic Bio Flora, plus Hawaiian black lava salt for additional mineral support. The variety of foods in Cool Star also supports greater diversity of beneficial microorganisms in the GI tract.
Star Lyte can be used year round for daily electrolyte needs.
Cool Star is used as needed when heat and/or humidity requires more body cooling. This is especially beneficial on days that a horse works or competes in hot weather, helping the horse cool from the inside out.
Circulatory Support: Furnace or Thermal?
Biostar’s Furnace EQ provides foods high in the amino acid arginine, which is a substrate for nitric oxide, the master circulatory molecule in the body. By stimulating nitric oxide production, we increase circulation. This is beneficial for healing connective tissue, providing more blood supply to the feet and joints, and bringing more oxygen to the muscles.
Biostar’s Thermal EQ is a supplement that provides warming foods to the body system: pumpkin seeds, active yeasts, cinnamon, holy basil, and hawthorne berries. This is a product for horses in winter to help keep them warm, provide more digestive support for the hindgut, and nourish the body system at large with a base of different foods: sesame seeds, yellow lentils, organic orange powder and butternut squash, which helps support a diverse community of microorganisms in the GI tract.
Stress: Equilibrium, True Balance, or Thera Calm?
All three of these formulas address adrenal support and reduction of cortisol.
Biostar’s Equilibrium EQ contains ashwagandha, a sacred Ayurvedic plant classified as an adaptogen. Herbs in the adaptogen category are capable of balancing the endocrine, glandular, and circulatory systems. Ashwagandha also helps stimulate the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Increased serotonin in the brain helps horses focus and feel more relaxed. Equilibrium includes foods high in magnesium for muscle relaxation.
For horses that don’t need calming, Biostar’s True Balance EQ is a wonderful choice. It provides holy basil, another adaptogenic plant, that reduces cortisol like ashwagandha, but does not stimulate serotonin. True Balance also provides medicinal mushrooms for kidney, liver, and immune support.
Biostar’s Thera Calm EQ is for horses that need increased calming with GI tract support. It is a blend of holy basil and ashwaganda with casein, a protein that increases serotonin levels. Thera Calm also provides whey protein, which is a rich source of the amino acid glutamine that protects gastric mucosa—important for the horses with gastric ulcers. Thera Calm is an excellent choice for horses that are on layup, are over-reactive in periods of stress, or need mental relaxation.
Stiffness: Furnace or Comfort Zone Ultra?
Biostar’s Furnace EQ increases circulation by opening the capillaries while Biostar’s Comfort Zone Ultra closes the capillaries to reduce heat and inflammation.
For horses that are stiff, but get less stiff after moving around, Furnace is the best choice. For horses that are stiff and don’t improve with movement, Comfort Zone Ultra is the best supplement choice. If you are dealing with inflammation, use Comfort Zone Ultra, which provides the inflammation-reducing plants boswellia and turmeric.
Comfort Zone EQ Ultra is also terrific for sore muscles, or for those days the horse has worked very hard or been competing on difficult footing.
There are situations like hoof syndrome and navicular disease that may warrant using both Furnace and Comfort Zone Ultra—similar to the common veterinary protocol of using isoxsuprine with bute.
Joint Help: Flex-well, Optimum JS or Ligatend?
Nutritional support for the joints (which includes bone, connective tissue, cartilage—the whole joint) is the job of Biostar’s Flex-Well EQ. It provides the body what it needs to make its own glucosamine sulfate along with additional bone, connective tissue, and antioxidant support.
For the older or stiffer horse, combining Furnace with Flex-Well provides a dynamic duo of increased circulation, which helps reduce stiffness along with the total joint support of Flex-Well.
Ligatend EQ provides nutritional support for the production of collagen in the body’s connective tissue. Less about the joints, and more about ligament and tendon repair, Ligatend provides specific proteins, minerals, trace elements and antioxidants, plus added colostrum to assist in healing.
We hope this helps!
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