Hydrate Support is based on betaine, also known as trimethylglycine or TMG. Betaine is a short chain, neutral, amino acid derivative that occurs naturally in plants such as linseeds, beets, cereals, horses and us. According to Dr Eleanor Kellon VMD, betaine can help horses that are difficult to hydrate and can support muscle bulk and function, as well as heat tolerance and endurance.
In studies on people and other animals, betaine has been found to maintain the intracellular osmotic pressure similar to other electrolytes. By exhibiting little or no binding to protein surfaces, betaine allows cells to control the surface tension of water, stabilising both protein structure and function. It thereby protects cells, proteins, and enzymes subjected to osmotic stress. This is particularly relevant in the kidney due to its high concentration of electrolytes and urea. Another major feature of betaine is that it donates its methyl group to the toxic metabolite, homocysteine, converting it to the amino acid, methionine.
At the systemic level, chronic betaine intake lowers core temperature by reducing inflammation markers and changing blood chemistry as shown in several animal models exposed to heat stress. In people with acute anterior poliomyelitis, betaine treatment led to a substantial rise in the motor unit activity and recovery of residual power in weakened muscle, which resulted in improved sense of well-being, less fatigue, and greater strength and endurance during treatment.
Safe for laminitic prone or insulin resistant (IR)/EMS horses.
Hydrate Support can be fed with any of the mineral mixes, Equine Amino, Mycosorb A+ and Postbiotic Gut Support (Diamond V XPC).
Hydrate Support is a nutritional supplement product for inclusion in horse’s feed. Product has no therapeutic effect and is designed to be administered in a feed for voluntary ingestion for horses.
Animal consumption only.
Feeding rate is 15 – 30 g per day for a 500 kg horse, mix with feed.
If feeding twice per day, split between both feeds.
In the beginning, introduce a tiny amount and build up gradually over days. Some picky eaters will reject a feed purely due to a change in flavour. Allow time for the palate to adjust.