Digest & Protect®

Hygain

SKU:

HGDP1

$51.70 - $97.35

HYGAIN® DIGEST & PROTECT® provides complete digestive support in a palatable blend, formulated to stimulate digestion and promote the health of the digestive tract.

  • RED SEAWEED EXTRACT (Lithothamnion calcareum), is rich in a specific, highly effective source of calcium, known for its superior acid buffering properties.
  • DIGESTIVE ENZYMES support the breakdown of feed which improves digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
  • GLUTAMINE & THREONINE, amino acids assist with digestive health. Included to ensure adequate supply to support mucin synthesis and cell regeneration.
  • CONCENTRATED SLIPPERY ELM traditionally used for gastric challenges. Slippery Elm contains mucilage factors which act as a coating agent.
  • CURCUMIN, is the active compound in Turmeric known for its powerful antioxidant action.
  • PREBIOTICS have a defined mode of action, promoting a healthy gut and supporting natural defences essential for optimum health and performance.
  • PROBIOTICS enhance fibre fermentation and stablilise the microbiome, stimulating activity of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.
  • MYCOTOXIN BINDER traps and expels mycotoxins to protect and support healthy gut function.
  • ANISEED flavour is highly palatable for horses.

 

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Ingredients

Red Seaweed Extract, Curcumin Powder, Digestive Enzymes, Glutamine & Threonine, Mycotoxin Binder, Slippery Elm Extract, Aniseed Oil, Prebiotic and Probiotic.

Nutritional Analysis

Protein 3%

Amino Acids 4.2%

Digestive Enzymes 7%

Calcium 19.7%

Feeding Rates

Directions for use:

Mini's and Ponies: 1 scoop per day

Horses: 2 scoops per day

Scoop holds approx 63g

It is recommended to divide the daily rate into two or more feeds.

Pre and Probiotics
Pre and Probiotics
Supporting the hindgut microbiome which promotes energy and nutrient production
Mycotoxin Binder
Mycotoxin Binder
Traps and expels mycotoxins to protect and support healthy gut function
Superior Acid Buffering
Superior Acid Buffering
Increasing stomach acid pH to prevent damage from occurring
Glutamine & Threonine Amino Acids
Glutamine & Threonine Amino Acids
Required for gastrointestinal cell regeneration and mucin synthesis which provides protection to the digestive system
Digestive Enzymes
Digestive Enzymes
Supporting the breakdown of feed to improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients
Aniseed Flavour
Aniseed Flavour
Highly palatable for horses

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Frequently asked questions

What is in DIGEST & PROTECT®?
  • RED SEAWEED EXTRACT (Lithothamnion calcareum), is rich in a specific, highly effective source of calcium, known for its superior acid buffering properties.
  • DIGESTIVE ENZYMES support the breakdown of feed which improves digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
  • GLUTAMINE & THREONINE, amino acids assist with digestive health. Included to ensure adequate supply to support mucin synthesis and cell regeneration.
  • CONCENTRATED SLIPPERY ELM traditionally used for gastric challenges. Slippery Elm contains mucilage factors which act as a coating agent.
  • CURCUMIN is the active compound in Turmeric known for its powerful antioxidant action.
  • PREBIOTICS have a defined mode of action, promoting a healthy gut and supporting natural defences essential for optimum health and performance.
  • PROBIOTICS enhance fibre fermentation and stablilise the microbiome, stimulating activity of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.
  • MYCOTOXIN BINDER traps and expels mycotoxins to protect and support healthy gut function.
  • ANISEED flavour is highly palatable for horses.
How do you recommend introducing DIGEST & PROTECT®?

Some horses are quite happy to have the full feeding rate of DIGEST & PROTECT® added directly into their feed. However, to avoid any upset horses, we suggest adding in gradually. Starting off with half the recommended feeding rate for the first 7 days and building up to the full rate. 

DIGEST & PROTECT® is flavoured with aniseed (it smells wonderful) and horses seem to love it!

Other tips to try when introducing:
Wetting down the product in the feed to turn it into a paste. This will also coat the horses feed in the supplement and make it imposible for them to sift the product out.

If you use an extruded product, you can turn the feed into a mash and mix the supplement into the mash.

If you horse has a particular affinity for a specific textured feed, like HONEY B®, you can mix the supplement into HONEY B®. Again I would recommend wetting so the supplemement coats the feed.

If you feed an oil to your horse, such as RBO® which is highly palatable, you can also use the oil to mix with DIGEST & PROTECT® and then add directly into the horses feed. 

Is DIGEST & PROTECT® a powder or a pellet?

DIGEST & PROTECT® is a powdered supplement. We do not pellet DIGEST & PROTECT® because it contains live probiotics and digestive enzymes. These ingredients are sensitive to heat. To ensure your horse is getting the most it can from the supplement it must be in powdered form.

Why would I add DIGEST & PROTECT® into my horse's diet?

DIGEST & PROTECT® is designed to support the digestive system from start to finish. The digestive system of the horse is integral for their overall health and wellbeing. Not only does it provide energy and nutrients for the horse to ensure the body functions optimally, but a healthy digetsive system supports the immune system and decreases the risk of colic and laminitis. 

  • DIGEST & PROTECT® is the perfect addition to your horses diet if:
    They are experiencing stress. Stress can affect the health of the digestive system. Today's horse faces many stresses including travel and competition. DIGEST & PROTECT® can be added to the diet to help support the function of the digestive system.
  • They are a performance horse that must ensure they are extracting the energy and nutrients required to support their performance work. Not only does the performance horse have an increased demand for nutrients but they also experience an increased volume of stress. DIGEST & PROTECT® can be added to the diet to help support the function of the digestive system.
  • They are experiencing girthiness, irritable behaviour or loose manure. These are all indications that the digestive system may not be its happiest. DIGEST & PROTECT® can be added to the diet to help support the function of the digestive system.
Will it help my horse with loose manure?

Loose manure can be a sign of an upset digestive system. If the horse is not able to sufficiently breakdown and absorb the feed it can result in loose stools. As DIGEST & PROTECT® has been created to help support the entire digestive tract, it may help to improve a horse's manure. 

Trials have shown improvement in horses that previously had loose manure and now are forming healthy faecal balls. 

Does DIGEST & PROTECT® contain BOTH a Prebiotic and a Probiotic?

Yes! DIGEST & PROTECT® contains both a prebiotic and a probiotic. This means that the hindgut is supported in two key ways. Probiotics are live microrganisms that are able to inhabit the hindgut and aid with fibre fermentation. This supports the horse's ability to produce energy and create nutrients. Prebiotics provide a source of fuel to the microrgnaisms in the hindgut, supporting the overall hindgut health. The prebiotics used in DIGEST & PROTECT® have also been shown to prevent pathogenic organisms from inhabiting the hindgut. This protects the horse from potential illness.

How does DIGEST & PROTECT® work in the horse's stomach?

The two key ingredients within DIGEST & PROTECT® that are aimed at supporting the horse's stomach are Concentrated Slippery Elm and Red Seaweed Extract. 

Concentrated Slippery Elm contains mucilage factors that are able to coat the horse's stomach. There is research that shows the potential for this to protect the stomach, particularly the top half or non-glandular region, from acid damage that sometimes can lead to ulcers. 

Red Seaweed Extract has a unique honeycomb like structure and contains a high level of calcium. These two factors make Red Seaweed Extract a highly effective acid buffer. Within the horse's stomach acid is continuously produced, even when the horse is not eating. This is important to consider as a build up in acid is able to splash onto the non-glandular region of the stomach and potentially cause damage. By buffering the stomach acid, it is made less acidic and therefore less damaging. Red Seaweed Extract is the perfect addition to a pre-ride or pre-travel meal. But also for a horse that may be in a stressful environment, stabled or have restricted roughage access. 

Can I use DIGEST & PROTECT® alongside all of the other HYGAIN® supplements?

Yes! DIGEST & PROTECT® is suitable to feed alongside all of HYGAIN®'s supplement range.

Is DIGEST & PROTECT® safe for my pregnant mare?

Yes! DIGEST & PROTECT® is suitable for horses in all stages of life.

Is there an age requirement for DIGEST & PROTECT®?

There are no age restrictions with DIGEST & PROTECT®. You can begin supporting your horse's gut health from any age.

What makes DIGEST & PROTECT® different from other gut supplements on the market?

DIGEST & PROTECT® contains a unique combination of ingredients that are aimed at supporting the entire digestive process. There is no need to add additional digestive supplements alongside. DIGEST & PROTECT® facilitates optimal digestive health alongside your horse's balanced diet. 

Plus the added Aniseed flavour is delightful and improves palatability! 

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