Magnesium is getting a lot of attention these days.Though not many scientific studies have been conducted until recently, magnesium has been the hot topic whether you are dealing with a muscle bound horse or looking for laminitic relief. The one question that many are asking, is my horse getting enough magnesium? There are many articles written about the benefits of Magnesium but how does it exactly help and what does it specifically help with?
Magnesium really is everywhere in the body – it’s the 4th most abundant mineral. It’s involved in hundreds of different biochemical reactions and enzyme systems, supporting processes like protein synthesis, cell growth, and energy production. It has roles in nerve function, muscle control, and blood pressure. Even blood sugar regulation depends on magnesium. The body has several mechanisms to stabilize levels.
In his muscles, it attaches to ATP so that the ATP can be used by the muscle cells. If the Mg is not present, the ATP cannot be used, and the muscle would not be able to generate energy to carry out any functions. It also plays roles in your horse’s blood, as well as acting as an activator for many enzymes throughout the body. It is necessary for many of the enzymes that work with ATP.
Magnesium plays an important part in nerve and muscle function, and horses deficient in this important element can show signs of nervousness, wariness, excitability, jumpy, tight sore backs not related to saddle fit, muscle tremors and skin is hypersensitive. This gives magnesium its reputation for having a calming influence on equines. A deficient horse is likely to have a poor tolerance to work, fatigue quickly and is prone to tying up. They build up lactic acid more readily. Horses with a magnesium shortfall often crave excessive amounts of salt, increasing urine output therefore increasing the amount of magnesium excreted.
Every time a horse gets excited, its body uses magnesium to calm down and relax. The lower the magnesium level, the lower its’ threshold for new stress. Thus, your horse becomes increasingly more sensitive to stress: the more adrenaline output, the greater magnesium loss, the greater sensitivity, etc. Soon its intracellular magnesium level is no longer 10 times that of serum, and the cells are in a chronic state of hyper excitability.
Signs that may indicate a shortfall? Your horse may show some of these signs all the time or only during times of stress and competition when magnesium requirements are higher.
Precision Joint Solution provides 3,000 mg of high quality chelated Magnesium in every dose to help support calcium absorption, nerve function, muscle control, and blood sugar regulation. Combined with our unique key ingredients, PJS is your all-in-one leg support for today’s competitive horse.
When formulating PJS, we wanted an all-in-one leg support supplement that would benefit the competition horse as well as the retiree. Magnesium was one of the key elements that we knew had to be in this product. – Cherie Hecht, Founder
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