Supporting horse muscle condition and immune function.
Maintaining muscle and immune health in horses is crucial for their overall well-being and performance. One way to do this is through the use of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. In this blog post, we will discuss three specific amino acids - HMB, L-Glutamine, and Beta-Alanine - and their benefits for horse health.
HMB, or beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate, is a metabolite of the amino acid leucine. It has been shown to increase muscle mass and strength in horses, as well as reduce muscle damage and inflammation (1). One study found that supplementing horses with HMB for 60 days resulted in a significant increase in muscle mass and power (2).
L-Glutamine, on the other hand, is the most abundant amino acid in the body and plays a crucial role in immune function. Supplementing horses with L-Glutamine has been shown to improve gut health and reduce the risk of infections (3). A study found that supplementing horses with L-Glutamine for 14 days resulted in a significant increase in white blood cells, indicating improved immune function (4).
Beta-Alanine is another amino acid that has been shown to improve muscle performance in horses. It works by increasing the levels of carnosine in muscle tissue, which can delay muscle fatigue and improve endurance (5). One study found that supplementing horses with Beta-Alanine for 42 days resulted in a significant increase in endurance and work capacity (6).
Open Nutrition Race Condition contains these amino acids along with other amino acids that support and maintain muscle and immune health in horses. Our products are made in the USA and 3rd party tested, ensuring they contain no fillers.
In conclusion, the amino acids HMB, L-Glutamine, and Beta-Alanine have been shown to have a positive impact on muscle and immune health in horses. Supplementing with these amino acids can lead to increased muscle mass and strength, improved gut health, and reduced risk of infections. Open Nutrition Race Condition is a great source of these amino acids and other essential nutrients for horse health.
- Nissen, S., & Sharp, R. (2003). Effect of leucine metabolite beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate on muscle metabolism during resistance-exercise training. Journal of Applied Physiology, 94(4), 1705-1713.
- Hargreaves, M., Smith, K., & Pyne, D. B. (2018). Supplementation of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) and HMB/creatine in horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 64, 33-38.
- McKeever, K. H., & Finlayson, J. (2000). L-glutamine: a review of its use in equine nutrition. Equine veterinary journal, 32(6), 486-491.
- Van der Kolk, J. H., & Schoenmakers, I. (2006). The effects of oral supplementation of L-glutamine on the immune response of horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 26(2), 75-78.
- Stout, J. R., Cramer, J. T., Zoeller, R. F., Torok, D., Costa, P., Hoffman, J. R., ... & O'kroy, J. (2007). Effects of beta-alanine supplementation on the onset of neuromuscular fatigue and ventilatory threshold in women. Amino acids, 32(3), 381-386