EMBI-100 Feed Mycotoxin Binder
EMBI-100 is presently showing a high potential for mycotoxin binding / inhibition and field studies indicate numerous other benefits from the effects of this product.
How Do Mycotoxins Affect Horses?
Although the effects of mycotoxins on horses are not well documented in scientific literature, in field situations apparent mycotoxin problems appear to be significant. Mycotoxins have been implicated in a variety of health problems including colic, neurological disorders, paralysis, hypersensitivity, and brain lesions.
The cumulative effect of feeding low levels of mycotoxins may also contribute to a gradual deterioration of organ functions. This in turn affects growth rate, feed efficiency, fertility, respiration rate, the ability to perform work, and life span. Cases of mycotoxin-related horse deaths are consistently reported throughout the southeastern United States. Due to the lack of conclusive scientific research concerning the levels of various mycotoxins tolerated by the horse, emphasis should be placed on feeding mycotoxin-free grain and forage to all horses.
Horses are herbivores with a simple stomach (nonruminant). The large intestine has an active microbial digestive ability to allow digestion of forages. However, in the horse the small intestine, which is the major site of absorption, occurs before the fermentative digestion. As a result, horses are more susceptible to mycotoxins than ruminants, since nutrient absorption occurs prior to fermentative digestion in the horse compared to ruminants in which absorption occurs after fermentative digestion.
Productive or working horses have a high energy requirement and require a higher concentrate intake, and thus would be most susceptible to problems with mycotoxin-contaminated grains. Working horses would include growing horses less than two years of age, brood mares in late gestation and early lactation, and horses at moderate or intense work levels.
Other horses, that are only lightly worked, would be more likely to be exposed to mycotoxin-contaminated hays or forages. Since moldy forages are generally less palatable than normal forage, horses fed moldy forages typically refuse feed before ingesting enough feed to cause severe intestinal tract damage.
Mild colic is typically noted in such cases. Unfortunately, most molds associated with grains fed to horses do not readily affect palatability. Consequently, horses are most often exposed to the mycotoxins found in grains. Grain mycotoxins are readily absorbed and should be considered to be potentially lethal for horses. (NC State University)
How Could EMBI-100 Help?
EMBI-100 contains natural highly adsorbent montmorillonite layered silicate mineral clays and humified vegetable carbons with a honey comb pores structure, containing a myriad of substances found in several naturally occurring deposits of minerals produced by metamorphic and sedimentary activities of the earth's geology millions of years ago.
Typical Indications; EMBI-100 potential benefits when added to horse feed formulas:
Note: Adding a bit of raw honey or molasses enhances the flavor for finicky horses. This will also allow the powdered product to stick and adhere to the grains and will prevent settling to the bottom of feeding bowls.
Contains No Animal or Rendering By-Products
General: Free Choice Horses daily ration use 2 to 3 oz per/head/day
Status Ingredients: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS), comply to the American Association of Feed Control Officials, Inc. (AAFCO - 2003 official publication) meeting the feed ingredient requirements as outlined in their current publication.
EMBI is not a drug. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any medical condition.
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