Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm is a safe and effective treatment for healing inflamed mucous membranes, particularly in the gut. It literally is "slippery", when mixed with water forms a "mucilaginous" coating that soothes & protects the lining of internal organs, particularly the gastrointestinal system but is also effective for the respiratory & urinary systems. The pink-brown powder is harvested from the inner bark of the Red Elm tree (native to North America)& has a long history of traditional use. 

Actions:

  • Mucilaginous properties form a protective coating along the bowel lining

  • Demulcent allows soothing & healing of inflamed membranous tissues

  • Allows regeneration of gut tissues and decreases the pain of inflamed gut cells.

  • Draws out toxins & irritants in gut contents.

The Science:

  • In horses, gastrointestinal ulceration is generally controlled by reducing, controlling or inhibition of acid production. (e.g. Ranitidine; Omeprazole). Whilst very effective, the products are not responsible for direct healing of the tissues.

  • Sucralfate is a substance that binds to the mucosal lining, providing protection & healing of the gut tissue as it is not affected by the acids. Slippery Elm has physiochemical characteristics similar to Sucralfate; unlike Sucralfate, Slippery Elm is organic. Their effects not only help heal damaged gut but decrease associated pain.

  • Studies on ulcer related colic and diarrhoea have shown an 80% response to treatment just with Slippery Elm

  • Slippery Elm has been shown to be effective as a single therapeutic agent to treat the pain of ulcers & related colic & diarrhoea.

Problems with use of acid prevention products can be:

  •  Omeprazole should be given on an EMPTY stomach half an hour before feeding. Lack of         compliance to this requirement can lead to loss of efficacy of the product.

  •  Inhibition of normal acid production may affect levels of Calcium & Vitamin B.

  • High Cost - Omeprazole etc can be very expensive to feed continually.

  • Inconsistent use - due to high cost of Omeprazole, horse owners may resort to only occasional use which will decrease any benefits of use due to recurrence of ulcers in periods of non-medication.

SLIPPERY ELM IS AN IMPORTANT INGREDIENT IN OUR DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS:

EQUINE GUTPRO AND CANINE DOGPRO. ALSO AVAILABLE AS A SINGLE FEED SUPPLEMENT.

 Benefits to Horses:

  • Assist the healing & prevention of gastric ulcers; is unaffected by stomach acid.

  • Assist in treating diarrhoea & foal scouring.

  • Prevent inappetance & food avoidance.

  • Assist in treatment of ulcer pain (colic) and diarrhoea.

  • Use in aftercare of illness, diarrhoea, disease and post-op. Check with our vet in severe cases of after surgery.

Benefits to Dogs:

  • Effective treatment, along with probiotics, to control and settle diarrhoea

  • Decrease absorption of allergens and toxins.

  • By healing inflamed gastrointestinal tissues we can prevent "Leaky Gut" syndrome. 

  • Improved gut health leads to improved skin conditions and overall health.

Preparations:

  • HoneyPro Vet GutPro for horses; DogPro for dogs and dispensed in individual packs.

  • Mix with Chamomile Tea to make a soothing slurry, simply mix and add to feed.

  • Slippery Elm is readily accepted by all animals in our preparations, mixed into their feed.

References:

Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health Vol. Vol. 5(2), pp. 32-40, February, 2013

https://ker.com/equinews/omeprazole-and-calcium-digestibility-what-horse-owners-should-know/

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