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Nucleotides

Nucleotides are at the forefront of modern nutrition and are molecules that make up the structural units of DNA and RNA.  They are found naturally in the horse’s diet, however at low levels. All horses and ponies can benefit from the inclusion of nucleotides in their diet. There are 5 nucleotides that must be provided in balanced amounts to allow for absorption.

Nucleotides need to be readily available to horses :
– Under stress
– Suffering from low immunity
– During growth (e.g. foals/youngsters)
– Under high productive performance (e.g. breeding)
– Undergoing high levels of exercise

Performance horses are probably the group of horses who can benefit the most from the inclusion of Nucleotides in their diet as they have a higher nutritional dietary requirement than most.  Nucleotides support the immune system and facilitate the immune cells, which help to fight viral and bacterial infections. Nucleotides improve the production of red blood cell replication, which means that more oxygen can be transported around the body.  This helps to improve fitness levels and stamina, and reduces the onset of fatigue and the level of lactic acid produced.

Other cells/areas requiring rapid cell multiplication include immuno-competent cells, gastrointestinal cells, intestinal flora cells, liver cells and cells of reproductive organs

Muscle Recovery and Function:  If nucleotides are fed as a supplement to the diet this reduces the number of steps to form cells. This quickens the recovery rates for the muscles that undergo stress as part of a training schedule. The better and faster that these muscles recover the better the muscle function.

Injury recovery: Increased oxygen transportation provided by nucleotides means that more oxygen will get to the damaged area. Coupled with the increase in the rate of cell replication means that nucleotides can help to reduces the time taken to recover from injury..

Immunity: Nucleotides help the rate of replication of immune cells. Thereby improving the horse’s immune system and helping them to fight bacterial and viral infection. Nucleotides are immune facilitators (not stimulators) so only help when required by the immune system, and quickly help the immune system to respond to and destroy a disease/infection. Immune stimulators can be dangerous, and over stimulate the immune system = immune system shut-down = disease/ infection can enter.

Benefits of Nucleotides to Blue Chip Original:

Nucleotides to promote improved weight/condition: Nucleotides will increase length and number of intestinal villi, promoting maximum absorption particularly as combined with high level of probiotic.

Mares, foals & young stock – Nucleotides will help prevent the normal ‘dip’ of antibody
levels in lactating mares, for the continual promotion of health in both mare and foal. Will
further prevent digestive upset during weaning/general gastro upsets. Lots of nucleotides
needed for development of foal digestive tract as no dead cells available for ‘recycling’. For
brood mares – aid placenta development/milk production.

Low-level competition/show horse: attending shows = greater risk of infection/disease –
nucleotides will aid the immune system in recovering from this. Also promote excellent condition and health.

Benefits of Nucleotides to Blue Chip Pro:

Competition horses: High performance horses always require high levels of cell proliferation. With nucleotides there will be better production, absorption and utilisation of oxygen; a level heart rate during exercise; less cells broken down; more active red blood cells = increased oxygen carrying capacity; much lower levels of lactic acid build up = reduce risk of azoturia; better recovery after exercise.

Veteran horses: Nucleotides will help to promote excellent health, condition and weight; ensure healthy digestion (often compromised with old age) and aid the immune system when required (again, often compromised with old age).

Horses under extreme stress – e.g. recovering from antibiotics/severe digestive upset: aid
the digestive system (often compromised/unbalanced following antibiotic treatment)

Benefits of Nucleotides to Blue Chip Lami-light:

Nucleotides can also help to ensure your laminitic horse or pony’s gut is healthy and their immune system is facilitated.  Nucleotides are especially beneficial to laminitics as they aid the repair of the laminae by improving oxygen flow to the damaged laminae. Recovery from laminitis can be improved helping you to get your horse or pony back to full health as soon as possible.

Overweight/good doer: if the diet is limited, nucleotide/vitamin/mineral levels = below recommended and even lower than usual.

To sum up – There are very few supplements which contain purified nucleotides and Blue Chip is the only feed balancer company that includes Equigen™, purified Nucleotides with a 95% availability rate in their balancers.

Blue Chip has earned its reputation over the past 20 years of creating formulations that go above and beyond what would be expected of a feed product. The tailored balancers in the Blue Chip range are the result of many years of careful and dedicated research to provide the very best in nutrition for your horse or pony and to promote long term optimal health and wellbeing.  They are scientifically generated to promote a more natural diet.

Form always defines function and when it comes to ‘direct fed microbials’ always do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions.