OVVET Plan for Equine Muscle Health

• Good quality water
• High quality forage

As needed:
• High quality, balanced electrolytes – OVVET Metabolic Balance
• High quality daily supplement for muscle – OVVET Muscle-CK
• For added immune system support use OVVET Omega Complete

Healthy muscles, capable of strong, repeated contractions, of generating full range of motion, and of recovering quickly are important to achieving peak performance in performance horses of all disciplines. Muscles respond rapidly to the stresses exercise, training and competition. They similarly respond rapidly to nutrition – dietary deficiencies are seen as a poor performance, poor recovery, muscle pain and inflammation.
Muscles are capable of a very high rate of metabolic activity, and this creates challenges with respect to the generation of reactive oxygen species – ROS – within cells. Excessive ROS generation, resulting from high intensity exercise, training and competition is associated with muscle pain and inflammation. High quality nutrition can mitigate the detrimental effects of ROS, and support muscle integrity, recovery and health.

OVVET Muscle-CK is scientifically designed using carefully selected ingredients to combat the oxidative stress associated with high intensity exercise, training and competition. Evidence based research has shown that horses receiving OVVET Muscle-CK daily had decreased muscle leakiness after high intensity exercise training and reduced indicators of muscle inflammation (Lindinger et al. 2016). Use of OVVET Muscle -CK therefore supported muscle integrity and health after exercise training.

Essential parts of any good health maintenance program are water and forage. Both high quality water and forage should be available 24 / 7. This helps to relieve all types of stresses, including mental stress associated with confinement in stall and stresses on the GI tract associated with meal feedings.
Water is essential for maintaining hydration, and most horses turn over between 30 and 50 litres of water each and every day. The other key to maintaining hydration are electrolytes balanced to match the losses occurring at the skin through sweating. Balanced is important because it is the electrolytes, in the right proportions, that contributes to maintaining hydration of fluid compartments both outside of cells and inside of cells through your horse’s body including within all muscle cells. OVVET Metabolic Balance provides these electrolytes in the proportions required by muscle and beneficial for your horse – this product is also backed by evidence-based research (see Lindinger and Ecker, 2013).

OVVET Muscle-CK was scientifically developed to assist muscle health in two ways: 1) at the level of muscles by providing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory support; and 2) systemically in the body through immune system support. This second mechanism is very important because the body fights infection, inflammation and oxidative stress through the immune system.
OVVET Muscle-CK. Scientific research using horses has shown that daily supplementation of the feed with Muscle-CK supports healthy muscles in extreme conditions, supporting normal and healthy exercise training and competition activities. The carefully selected, high quality natural ingredients in OVVET Muscle-CK have anti-oxidative potential and anti-inflammatory potential.
Nutrients in Muscle-CK support a healthy tissue immune response, facilitating high intensity training and competition. It is also recommended for ageing horses needing nutrient support to maintain an active lifestyle. Muscle-CK has exceptional levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, SOD and catalase antioxidant enzymes (classified as a “Primary”) and is capable of inducing anti-oxidant systems throughout the body. These natural ingredients have been well researched for their ability to support muscle and whole body health.

• Supports muscle anti-oxidant activity
• Supports healthy muscle membranes
• Supports healthy muscle structure and function
• Supports muscle recovery from exercise
• Supports healthy muscle growth
• Supports cardiovascular health
• Vitamin D supports muscle and bone health

Health Science for your Horse™

• Golden Flaxseed- Omega-3 fatty acid ALA (beneficial fatty acid)
• Laltide® – Proprietary yeast source of nucleotides, peptides and amino acids
• Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA+ DHA (from fish oil)
• Ganoderma lucidum
• Alkosel® selenium-rich yeast
• Levucell® – Saccharomyces cerevisiae
• Freeze Dried Melon rich in SOD and Catalase
• Vitamin D2

Golden Flaxseed
Golden flaxseed is a rich, natural source of beneficial unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is an omega-3 fatty acid and present in milled flaxseed at 22%, and the omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid is at 7%. ALA is easily converted by the body to the other beneficial PUFAs EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid).
• Supports maintenance of healthy, robust cell membranes and cells
• Supports cell and tissue anti-inflammatory activity
• Support immune health
• Supports generation of PUFAs from ALA

Laltide® is Lallemand’s proprietary yeast (S. cerevisiae) product that provides natural sources of nucleosides and nucleotides, free amino acids & peptides, glutamic acid and other important nutrients. Many of these are directly beneficial for muscle health including protein synthesis as well as immune health; all are used in the body to maintain healthy cells and tissues.
• Supports tissue protein synthesis
• Support cell and tissue repair

Powdered Omega Fatty Acids from Fish Oil
This natural and green-harvested fish oil is a rich source of DHA (docosahexanoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and has a total fatty acid content of 72% by weight.
Evidence-based research shows that these fatty acids exert anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects on cells and tissues in living mammals, as well has having beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, immune health and brain function.
• Supports maintenance of healthy, robust cells
• Supports cell and tissue anti-inflammatory activity
• Support immune health

Reishi mushroom powder
Reishi mushroom (also known as Ganoderma lucidum) has been used in traditional oriental medicines for thousands of years. Evidence-based research shows specific effects including anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and promotes cardiovascular health, healing damaged tissues, immune health and liver health. Some, but not all of these beneficial effects are associated with the betaglucans.
• Contains beta-glucan prebiotics to support beneficial gut microbiome
• Supports maintenance of healthy tissues
• Supports immune health

Alkosel® selenium-rich yeast
Alkosel® is Lallemand’s proprietary inactivated, whole cell, selenium-enriched yeast (S. cerevisiae), providing a natural source of highly bioavailable L(+) selenomethionine.
Selenium directly interacts with vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) in the body, and has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activities that support tissue and wound healing, and help maintain healthy tissues. In many regions of the world, including the United States and Europe (especially central Europe) horses are deficient in selenium.
Selenium is an essential mineral that, together with vitamin E, is important in cell membrane protection.
• Supports tissue anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory activities
• Supports tissue and wound healing

Levucell® Probiotic
The probiotic Levucell® is Lallemand’s proprietary strain of live Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii (CNCM I-1079) and is termed a digestibility enhancer for monogastric animals. It is especially associated with oxygen scavenging in the gut, promoting the proliferation of beneficial or commensal bacterial populations. The products produced by these beneficial gut bacteria promote gut health in many ways including maintaining barrier function, communication with other but microbiota, and with cells of the intestinal epithelium and the innate immune system.
• Supports healthy gut microbiota
• Supports healthy gut structure and function
• Supports gut barrier functions
• Supports immune health

Freeze Dried Melon rich in SOD and Catalase
The freeze-dried pulp and juice of proprietary strain (non-GMO) of cantaloupe is coated so as to pass protected from acid degradation by the stomach. Once in the intestinal system numerous beneficial compounds are released include some that act directly within the GI tract (superoxide dismutase – or SOD, and catalase) and others that are absorbed into the body. By design, this ingredient reduces the need for antibiotics to combat infection and instead supports immune health through induction of cellular antioxidant and anti-inflammatory defense systems.

Vitamin D2:
Vitamin D is available in different forms, and the different forms can come from different dietary sources. The bodies of most, but not all mammals including horses, are able to make vitamin D3 within their bodies when routinely exposed to sunlight, or ultraviolet radiation.
Vitamin D2 is the form present within most foods and supplements, and it is absorbed as well as vitamin D3 by the intestinal cells. Vitamin D is also important in skeletal muscle health. Lalmin® Vita D2M Yeast. The vitamin D2-rich inactivated whole yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) product produced by Lallemand be used. Added benefits include high bioavailability, provision of yeast cell wall material that is beneficial for beneficial microbes in the gut, as well as amino acids that support muscle health.
Using OVVET Muscle-CK means that your horse needs only one product to support muscle health and immune health!