Yes. Nupafeed® Supplements do not contain any banned substances in accordance to FEI Rules. See FEI Clean Sport, USEF-Drugs & Medications, or AQHA Guidelines.
All Nupafeed® Supplements are made by the German pharmaceutical company, Verla-Pharm under strict laboratory conditions. Verla-Pharm is primarily concerned with producing pharmaceuticals for human medicine, their equine products benefit from their superior knowledge, research and quality of ingredients.
Nupafeed MAH® has been especially developed to maximize the absorption of magnesium into body tissue and delivers significantly more magnesium into the tissue than other forms of magnesium. The MAH® magnesium used is of a pharmaceutical grade, which is far superior to the grade of magnesium used in most other magnesium based supplements. Nupafeed MAH® is also a liquid which helps to improve absorption.
This graph below demonstrates the absorption rates of different magnesium salts into animal’s intestinal tract, showing the efficiency of Magnesium Aspartate-Hydrochloride (MAH®). When other magnesium supplements plateau, MAH® is shown to continue absorbing.
Please note that magnesium oxide is not included because it is very poorly absorbed.
The easiest way is from their behavior. If they are muscle sore, spooky, have erratic behavior, or “stressy" typically those are signs of magnesium deficiency. A muscle biopsy can be done to determine if they are magnesium deficient but it is quite invasive procedure.
Magnesium is a difficult mineral for horses to absorb. The ground is depleted of magnesium and their grain contains a low form of magnesium that they are unable to absorb and utilize. Horses burn magnesium when they are stressed. It becomes a vicious cycle
Low grades of magnesium can act as a laxative and cause diarrhea. Due to the fact that they are poorly absorbed in the stomach it leaves a lot of magnesium entering the hind gut. The magnesium will then attract water into the hind gut causing dehydration which could lead to dehydration. Since Nupafeed Magnesium has a higher absorption rate a much smaller amount enters the hind gut.
Only magnesium that is given intravenously is illegal. It isn't the magnesium it self that is illegal, it is the way it is given. Magnesium given intravenously too quickly may cause cardiac issues.
It is all about absorption. People choose to inject magnesium because there is a lack of magnesium supplements on the market that horses can absorb and utilize. Since Nupafeed® Magnesium has such a high absorption you are able to get a more relaxed horse without the risks involved with intravenous magnesium.
No. Nupafeed MAH® works purely by providing your horse with the magnesium that he needs in order to maintain the correct magnesium/calcium within his body. Having the correct balance helps prevent adrenaline rushes, muscle tension, and spooky behavior. It contains no other compounds such as herbs or L-Tryptophan, which act as mild sedatives. Performance should improve as reduced tension allows the horse to listen to what is being asked of him.
Nupafeed MAH® Daily Liquid easily top-dresses on the daily grain; it has no odor so most fussy feeders are happy to eat it. It must be put on the food just before feeding so that it does not have a chance to soak into the feed. (If AM feed is set up the night before, simply add the Nupafeed Liquid just before feeding).
Nupafeed MAH® Concentrate Oral Paste is administered orally in the same way you would a wormer paste. For best results give 1 paste 3 hours before needed (1) 1.5 hours before needed. Earlier is better than later with these paste tubes. Horses require approx 1.5 hours to full absorb each paste tube.
Both Nupafeed MAH® Daily Liquid and Oral Paste can be used together.
Nupafeed MAH® Daily Liquid requires a 3-5 day loading dose. Results should be seen within this time frame. If no significant change in behavior has been seen your horse may be suffering from ulcers in the stomach or hindgut. Nupafeed MAH® will adhere to the ulcers and not be fully absorbed. It is suggested to treat the stomach for ulcers then start your Nupafeed program again.
Nupafeed MAH® Paste gives a result that day. Administer (1) Oral Paste 3 hours before and (1) 1.5 hours before competition. Earlier is better than later with the Nupafeed MAH® Paste. Keep in mind that it takes approx. 1.5 hours to absorb each paste tube. The Nupafeed MAH® will not begin to burn off until the horse is under stress, so giving well ahead of time is better than too late.