Tweaking is part of the evolution of a product before it’s ready for market. It’s the fine-tuning of ingredients and proportions. After the product has been on the market for a while, I like to re-evaluate the formula; I ask myself: how can I improve this? What could make it even better?
Starlyte is our electrolyte formula. In reviewing it, I wasn’t completely satisfied with providing only one source of electrolytes, celtic sea salt. Don’t get me wrong, the grey celtic sea salt we use is hand-harvested from the sea, and sun-dried in a 400 year old tradition of salt harvesting in Normandy and Brittany. Its mineral composition includes electrolytes and trace minerals. As we all know, trace minerals are severely lacking in our soils.
I wondered though…could Biostar provide a wider spectrum of electrolytes and trace minerals?
I thought about using Himalayan salt, because it provides a varied mineral content compared to celtic sea salt. It would supply another source of electrolytes with a different balance of trace minerals.
On one of my trips down the rabbit hole, I stumbled upon Black Hawaiian Lava sea salt. The salt is harvested from the Pacific Ocean and is blended with carbon in the form of charcoal from coconut shells. Charcoal has a long history of use for its ability to absorb toxins in livestock, horses, dogs, and humans. While Himalayan salt and Celtic sea salt both contain 90%-95% sodium chloride, Hawaiian Lava sea salt contains 84% sodium chloride giving this salt more trace minerals and macro mineral content.
Another discovery I made was a member of the sea vegetable family: Alaria – a brown algae also known as Wild Atlantic Wakame. Similar to the Japanese wakame, it’s a good source of beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chlorophyll, enzymes, and trace minerals including copper, and chromium, and the B-vitamins. Alaria provides essential amino acids, with protein levels at 16%, and is a source of omega 3 and 6 (ratio of 2:1) although in small amounts. This sea vegetable tested at 30% total fiber with 15% soluble, and 15% insoluble fiber.
The big change coming to Rebound is the inclusion Bio-4tein protein complex, newly developed in the BioStar Lab. This unique protein complex combines un-denatured whey protein, organic hemp protein, organic yellow beans, and dehydrated whole eggs.
Whey protein is digested rapidly, driving amino acids via the bloodstream straight to the muscles. Whey protein is high in the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) necessary for muscle maintenance and muscle building. Whey protein is rich in the amino acid Leucine, which is essential for HMB production to reduce muscle breakdown.
Hemp Protein is digested slowly, delivering BCAAs more gradually to the muscles. Provides edestin and albumin proteins which are 2 of the major types of plasma proteins known collectively as Globular proteins; among their functions is as biological messengers and transport mechanisms.
Yellow Beans (Mung Dal): known as tridoshic in Ayurvedic Medicine (balancing to all body systems and types) provide protein and fiber, yet is lower in carbohydrates than soybeans or peas. The insoluble fiber in the beans is broken down in SCFAs (short-chain fatty acids) in the hind gut. These SCFAs (particularly butyrate) stimulate salt and fluid absorption in the colon, and can help mucosal healing, which is particularly important for horses with hind gut acidosis and colonic ulcers.
Whole Eggs: provide one of the best amino acid profiles including the BCAAs, and among the highest levels of lysine of any foods. Whole eggs are high in Leucine for HMB production that reduces muscle breakdown. Whole eggs are an excellent source of Arginine, the amino acid that stimulates Nitric Oxide production, helping to increase blood flow to muscles and deliver more oxygen. The whole dehydrated eggs we use have been pasteurized to inactivate the avidin protein, which binds to biotin and makes biotin unavailable to the body. Pasteurization also prevents salmonella.
Bio-4tein: By combining these 4 different whole food protein sources, we provide the horses with a full spectrum of amino acids, Branched Chain Amino Acids, fiber, enzymes and nutrients from a diverse range of foods. This diversity is not only important for digestion (some protein sources quickly digested, others slowly digested) but also for the health of the micro biota in the GI tract.