Allergy Management through Antioxidants, Digestive Support
Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system when the horse’s body reacts to a normally harmless substance in the environment, such as dust, pollen, substances in feed, mold, insect bites, or injections. Almost anything can trigger allergic reactions, which can range from mild and annoying to sudden and life-threatening, if not reversed.
Sensitivity to allergy triggers can contribute to chronic inflammatory responses throughout the body. Clinical signs of allergies vary, but may include:
- Respiratory problems;
- Itching or burning skin
- Teary, itchy, or swollen eyes;
- Digestive issues;
- Hair loss; and
- Itching of the nose or mouth.
Nutritional support in the form of antioxidant and digestive aid can help diminish symptoms and in some cases, strengthen the immune system enough to prevent the allergic response the trigger.
Jack Grogan, dertified nutritionist and chief science officer for Uckele Health & Nutrition, explains that phytonutrients are a relatively new class of natural compounds showing tremendous value in controlling inflammation and its negative effect on equine health: "Hundreds of plants naturally produce these compounds, known as flavonoids, carotenoids, polyphenolics and anthocyanins, to protect themselves from oxidative damage. These protective substances are antioxidants that give plants and fruits their
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