A nutritional supplement containing rice bran, natural anti-oxidants with gamma oryganzol, to improve muscle function and condition.
MUSCLE MAX is a feed supplement formulated to maximise the efficiency of muscle metabolism. It does this in two ways; by improving lean muscle mass and by reducing the effects of post exercise muscle fatigue. A large part of the daily energy requirement of the equine athlete is used by the skeletal muscles to power the contractions that give the horse its attributes of speed, endurance and strength.
The energy from feed is stockpiled in the muscles in the form glycogen. Through a chain of biochemical reactions within the muscle cells, the glycogen is oxidised to release Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) the chemical energy source used to power the muscle cells. The oxidation process requires large amounts of oxygen, hence the need for an efficient blood supply.
The waste products from this energy burning process include water, carbon dioxide, ammonia, lactic acid and free radicals, all of which have the potential to reduce muscular efficiency. Free radicals are oxygen molecules that during the oxidation of glycogen accidentally lose an electron. Unless they find a replacement electron, they can cause serious damage to the muscle cell membrane. It is these free radicals in conjunction with the waste ammonia and lactic acid that many equine sport scientists believe are responsible for muscle fatigue, post exercise muscle soreness and muscle tye-up. Medical scientists have shown that free radical damage is a major contributing cause of human heart disease and cancer.
Antioxidants are substances that have the ability to inactivate the free radicals within the cell by replacing their missing electron. There are many nutritional antioxidants, mostly found in plants. Equine Athlete Muscle-Max is an antioxidant supplement that contains rice-bran oil. Rice bran oil is a rich source of glycerides, free fatty acids, phospholipids and glycolipids. Its principle antioxidants are the tocopherals, tocotrienols and gamma oryzanol as well as inositol, phytic acid and choline. Vitamin E is one of the tocopherols found in Equine Athlete Muscle-Max, but it is the tocotrienols, that are 50 times more potent than vitamin E, that makes rice bran oil such a potent antioxidant formulation.
Besides being an antioxidant, gamma oryzanol is plant sterol, giving it anabolic properties. Studies in which gamma oryzanol supplements were included in diets of both human and equine athletes over a 6-8 week period, resulted in improved muscle to fat ratios along with improved appetite.
Equine Athlete Muscle-max also contains chromium picolinate. Chromium is not an antioxidant, but it does play an important role in increasing muscle energy utilisation while at the same time lowering blood lactic acid levels during exercise. Recent research in the USA has shown that racehorses in full training, supplemented daily with 5mgs of organic chromium, had 13% lower blood lactate levels after intense exercise than the control horses used in studies. Studies with human athletes have shown that daily supplementation with organic chromium, increases muscle gain and reduces body fat more than physical exercise alone.
In summary, Equine Athlete Muscle-Max combines the antioxidant and anabolic properties of rice bran oil, along with chromium picolinate, helps to reduce muscle fatigue and post exercise muscle damage, also to create muscle gain and a reduction in body fat. It is a 100% natural product that can be used right up to and during competition. It is formulated with an apple flavour that horses find palatable.
What else should I know?
Each 90gm dose delivers 16.4 gms of rice bran oil and 4.5 mg Chromium Picolinate.
Daily Dose Rate; Horses in light work 60gm (120mg/kg LWT), Horses in full training 120mg (240mg/kg LWT)
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