GastroBalance’s unique combination of Bentonite clay, unrefined salt, and trace minerals provide hydration, gastrointestinal and growth support, and detoxification.
Horses today are exposed to a number of stressors—intermittent feeding, rigorous training, confinement—that can negatively impact performance and their digestive, immune, and musculoskeletal systems. GastroBalance’s unique combination of Bentonite clay, unrefined salt, and trace minerals provide hydration, gastrointestinal and growth support, and detoxification.
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Bentonite Clay has long been appreciated for its properties as a binder in animal feed and also as a digestive tract conditioner in livestock production. Bentonite is a naturally occurring type of smectite containing sodium calcium aluminosilicate that comes from volcanic ash in the Untited States. Clays are crystalline molecules made up of alkali cations and have a positive electronic charge. The three dimensional arrangement of molecules within the clay creates internal voids and channels that trap other molecules.
Interesting side note: In pigs smectite clays are shown to alter the microbial population in the gastrointestinal tract resulting in more favorable gut flora. It is thought that this is achieved by changing the intestinal environment due to the clay’s alkaline pH which influences the growth of specific types of bacteria. Smectite clays have been shown to reduce post-operative diarrhea in horses with colic associated with the large intestine.
Siliac has an important role in the development of new bone helping in the calcification process. Additionally silicon has a major part to play in forming the collagen matrix. A good matrix is vital to preventing bones from being brittle. Research has shown that feeding silica in the form of hydrated aluminosilicates to racing Quarter Horses dramatically decreased injury rates. These horses were able to train and race further before injury. Mares supplemented with hydrated alumina silicates have higher levels of silicon in their milk and serum.
Feeds fed to horses may contain mycotoxins. In other species mycotoxins have been linked to lack of appetite, weight loss, poor performance, depression, as well as reduced fertility and growth rate. Bentonite clay and sodium calcium aluminosilicate, the two main ingredients in Gastro and ElectroBalance, have been shown to be beneficial in livestock feed by reducing the negative effects of toxins such as fumonisin and aflatoxins that are molds that can occur naturally in feeds