Animal Supplement Ingredients
At Animal Element, we make our supplements from safe and natural ingredients to support your animals’ overall health. Our horse and animal supplement ingredients are high-quality products sourced from reputable providers. We understand that we can’t offer our superior pet and horse supplements without starting with the best ingredients. Part of our company’s mission is to inform you of what’s in our products so that you better understand how they work.
Here is a list of the many ingredients we find so helpful in keeping your animals healthy and happy.
An amino acid that feeds the mitochondria which promotes faster recovery time after exercise and reduces the soreness and stiffness of muscles. Acetyl-L-Carnitine also has antioxidant properties.
Often used as a forage, alfalfa is an excellent source of protein and calcium, as well as fiber. The highly concentrated sources of protein and calcium promote bone and muscle health, as well as an easily digestible energy source.
Aloe Vera Powder
Often considered a “cure-all”, aloe has many well-documented beneficial properties, including promotion of wound healing, soothing of the digestive system, immune support, and antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
A carotenoid usually found in marine life, used for its strong antioxidant powers, which helps decrease stress in muscles and organs and prevents diseases. Astaxanthin also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain and promote healing.
The dried root of this plant has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as an adaptogen and energy booster. Adaptogens protect the body from mental and physical stress. Astragalus has also been shown to boost the immune system, increase circulation and heart function, and aid in wound healing when applied topically due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
An amino acid that improves performance and helps increase stamina. Beta-alanine buffers pH within the muscle cells, which decreases muscle fatigue.
Similar to the North American blueberry, bilberries are found throughout Europe and Asia, and parts of North America. The berries and leaves are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, specifically vitamin C. These properties boost the immune system and reduce inflammation.
A type of brown seaweed, bladderwrack is high in iodine which helps prevent hypothyroid disease. Its high mineral content aids in inflammation reduction, and soothes gastro-intestinal issues as well as adds fiber to the diet.
The first milk a postpartum cow produces, rich in immunoglobulins and growth factors. These immune-boosting properties help prevent infections and diseases, especially in the respiratory and digestive tracts. The high concentration of growth factors also aids in wound healing and repair of muscles and ligaments.
An herb found in the wild in Europe, Asia, and now North America, burdock is an anti-everything: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial. These beneficial properties help cleanse the blood and liver of toxins and also soothe skin issues.
The berries from this Amazonian shrub have a high concentration of vitamin C which is a well-known immune system booster. It’s also shown to aid in inflammation reduction and be a powerful antioxidant.
A fatty amino acid similar to Omega-3, it has been shown in studies to reduce inflammation and pain in joints, especially those with arthritis. It also aids in range of motion improvement.
Chaste Tree Berry
Used for centuries in Eastern medicine, the berries from the Chaste Tree are thought to regulate hormones and improve the moods and behaviors of mares (and also high-strung stallions). Chasteberries also promote calmness and reduce stress.
A succulent plant found in India and Southeast Asia, cissus is sometimes known as the “bone setter” for its ability to aid in the healing of fractured bones. It’s commonly used as a bone and joint supplement for its anti-inflammatory and pain relief benefits.
This amino acid benefits exercise performance and endurance by increasing blood flow and flushing toxins from the muscles, resulting in a quicker recovery time.
A powerhouse antioxidant rich in vitamins C and E, this little fruit is a known immune-support booster and anti-inflammatory. It also promotes a healthy urinary tract and can prevent infections.
Fossilized diatoms (a type of algae with a hard shell) ground down to fine, white powder. Diatomaceous Earth is thought to improve coat and hoof appearance and aid in digestion. It’s also well known to help control internal and external parasites and work as a stored grain preservative.
Dong Quai Root
Translated as “women’s ginseng,” dong quai is used to balance hormones and relieve painful symptoms of the heat cycle.
A dark red resin from the “Dragon tree” native to South America, it’s been used for centuries to promote a healthy digestive system and prevent infections and promote wound healing. It’s a strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory, which helps boost the immune system.
This herb is commonly found in lactation teas for women, and is also thought to boost milk production in lactating mares. It’s also used to ease fussiness and improve moods, as well as soothe the digestive system and improve metabolism. It’s also thought to ease stiff and achy muscles and joints and boost recovery time.
A warming herb, it’s used to stimulate appetites, soothe excessive gas, and promote a healthy digestive system. Fennel also supports the kidneys and liver as well as encourages milk production in a lactating mare.
Forsythia Fruit Powder
A distinctive yellow flowering shrub, forsythia fruits and leaves have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as a treatment for common viruses. It’s also shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, and promotes healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular health.
Used for reducing inflammation in cartilage and preventing damage, it is also thought to be effective in promoting cartilage regeneration. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it also can work as a pain reliever.
A flowering tree in the rose family, hawthorn has been used for centuries for heart health, as it improves circulation, increases blood flow through the arteries, and regulates blood pressure. It also aids in digestion and nutrient absorption.
A gooey substance that the body naturally produced in the joints to keep the moving parts lubricated and prevent friction. H.A. helps to keep the joints lubricated, free of inflammation and reduce injury, as well as aids the ligaments and tendons in keeping their flexibility.
Is rich in nutrients and trace minerals, especially iodine, which improves thyroid function. Kelp also improves the health of coat and hooves, and boosts the immune system.
A non-essential amino acid (meaning the body makes it naturally and does not have to be consumed in food), it helps build proteins, and acts as an energy source for muscle and brain tissues. L-Alanine is also shown to help the body balance its sugars, and boost the immune system.
This amino acid is made in the muscle tissue and may be depleted during intense exercise or in a horse with poor gut health. L-Glutamine helps repair tissue in both the gastrointestinal tract, and in muscles, making it a powerful recovery supplement.
Another amino acid, this one produced by the immune system to help fight off infections. It expands the blood vessels to allow the immune system cells to get to the area, and as a result of more blood flow, helps prevent fatigue during exercise.
A 3 branched amino acid, isoleucine increases glucose intake, which creates energy for the muscles to use. This gives the horse a boost of energy, and helps speed along muscle recovery.
This amino acid is important for collagen production, aiding in the repair and recovery of muscles and ligaments. It also aids in the absorption of calcium, and boosts the immune system.
Frequently used in human pre-workout supplements, L-Norvaline is thought to increase blood flow and in turn, improve performance and recovery time.
Supports the gut by producing mucins that line the stomach and digestive tract, protecting them from harsh digestive enzymes and benefiting nutrient absorption. Also aids in the production of glucose in the liver, which can be broken down into energy.
Well known for its distinct flavor, licorice helps promote healthy adrenal glands by preventing the breakdown of cortisol. Licorice is also used to promote a healthy gut and aid in digestion and ulcer prevention.
The most bioavailable form of magnesium, responsible for over 300 functions within the body. Magnesium allows more oxygen into the muscles, thus improving muscle function and performance, as well as increasing recovery time. It’s also known for its calming effect and helps reduce stress.
This variation of magnesium is the easiest to absorb into the body. Like all other forms, it attaches to calcium and aids in absorption and use in the muscles, relaxing them after the calcium contracts them.
A combination of different forms of vitamin E, found in oils such as sunflower oil and olive oil. Often used as a preservative or vitamin E supplement.
A naturally occurring sulfur compound, methylsulfonyl-methane supports healthy joints, connective tissues, and bones. It has been shown to reduce pain and swelling related to intense exercise and/or aging.
Generally considered an invasive weed in North America, it has been known for centuries as a medicinal plant. It has been shown to be effective in treating numerous respiratory ailments, suppressing coughs, and reducing allergies. Some indigenous peoples also used the leaves in salves to help heal wounds and rashes.
A blend of 14 amino acids and 7 minerals, NuTrack promotes a healthy gut by improving digestion and detoxing the digestive tract.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Commonly made into tea, raspberry leaves are high in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. They also improve the uterine health in mares (and humans), as well as balance out hormones and improve the mood.
A well known herb for its culinary and medicinal purposes, rosemary is also beneficial for horses. It has strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, aiding in fighting infections, viruses, and skin issues. It promotes hair growth and healthy skin and can be used as a natural insect repellent.
Also known as table salt, sodium chloride is an important electrolyte that improves muscle and nerve function. Eating salt also encourages a horse to drink more water, thus reducing the risk of dehydration.
A blue-green algae that adds an additional complete protein source to a diet, and gives anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Spirulina aids in overall health and performance, promotes healthy respiratory function and reduces allergies, as well as improves metabolism.
A blend of 3 ancient Indian herbs, triphala has powerful antioxidant properties, and reduces inflammation in the gut, promoting a healthy digestive system. Because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties, it’s also thought to improve performance.
Found in “easily excitable” tissues like muscles, retinas, and the heart, taurine is important for nerve function. This can improve athletic performance, as well as reduce fatigue and help improve recovery time. Taurine is thought to promote healthy cardiac function and mental sharpness.
A well known spice found in many pantries, turmeric is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s used often to promote pain relief from arthritis, and boost the immune system when feeling under the weather. It is also often used for aiding the digestive system.
Absorbed through the skin, often from ultraviolet rays from the sun, vitamin D is actually considered a hormone as it is created in the kidneys and then messages its function to other places like the intestines and bones. It’s vital for calcium production and absorption, and a deficiency will create a myriad of bone and joint problems.
Stored in fatty tissues like the liver, horses can access their store of vitamin E when it is needed, and let it accumulate when it’s not needed. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant, preventing oxidative stress in muscles and nerves, reducing soreness and improving recovery times. It can be found in fresh grasses but starts to diminish as soon as it is harvested.
A mineral that has powerful detoxification properties and cleanses toxins and heavy metals from the body. Zeolites also promote a healthy gut and supports bone and joint health.
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