Lecithin 50 is the ideal practical way of feeding varying levels of Lecithin. Balanced and pleasant tasting it can be easily added to any existing diet without compromising any pre-calculations. Lecithin 50 provides an extra dimension to the diet of all horses. Lecithin is “a feed within a feed” and one of the most significant nutrients to emerge in the last 40 years.
Lecithin provides Choline essential to make Acetylcholine a compound for brain function that causes muscle action by transmitting nerve impulses and encouraging the body to discharge the important hormones Norepinephrine and Epinephrine (Adrenaline) that help with fear and anger.
Other benefits may include:
- Improvement in stamina and speed of recovery
- Movement and equalization of Body Fats
- Digestion and gastrointestinal constancy
- Increased mental reception and sensibility
Although much has been done in Lecithin 50 to make lecithin feeding easier it must still be kept sealed and dry when not being dispensed.
How Lecithin improves performance
The horse accesses two fuel sources reserves, Glycogen for high heartbeat work and fats for lower heartbeat work. The amount of reserves they have stored for potential use varies according to genetic capability, total dietary input, and energy density of the feed, ease of assimilation and feed conversion and energy expenditure. In total the amount of Glycogen stored in the horse unhampered by stress and insufficiency equates to approximately 3½ minutes worth of which nearly 90% is available for kinetic energy the rest being vital for liver function to produce red blood cells, help maintain immunity and fuel for a number of other tissue functions. The amount of energy reserves in the form of fats can equally vary considerably in theory if all available for access possibly more than 18 hours’ worth before actual cell degeneration takes place to provide energy (break down of protein).
At steady low heartbeat the horse is running on fats, there is time for fats to be burnt and produce energy any sudden rise in heartbeat requires the faster provision of energy and the horse clicks into using its glycogen stores until the conversion of fats into energy can catch up (second wind) or the exertion is beyond the horses capability to burn fats quick enough. When high heartbeat is sustained approaching close to VO2 max then muscles can only be fuelled by glycogen. Such a complex scenario of variables results in hundreds of possibilities occurring. Genetics plays a huge part in the horse’s reserve capacity of both fats and glycogen the simplest example of this being seen in the difference in the Racehorse and the Carthorse. Overall health and the avoidance, as much as possible of stress, has such immense ramifications that consideration of these facts are quite enough near alone the finer points of energy reserves and critical utilisation nevertheless in every performance horse the following rules and facts apply –
1. The most potent source of energy supply is ‘full reserve’ of glycogen that is because as glycogen reserves are used so they are further from combustion so less efficient the fuel becomes and the horse that starts the race fully topped up with glycogen will always prevail (everything else being equal) over the horse that starts with half a tankful, quite the opposite to the motor car.
2. The higher the heartbeat reaches still using fats the less glycogen will be needed. Top performance is all about sparing glycogen and a sort of argument in the same vein applies to the most movable fat stores for it is these that that can be quickly mobilised.
In every case there is a strong argument for feeding Lecithin, energy cannot be transferred from one muscle to another lecithin distributes fats to the muscle cells more evenly better distribution means less likelihood of one group of muscles letting the side down whilst energy from other cells is far from exhausted. Lecithin also reduces the “hard to access” fats this means more “fast fats” able to be burnt at higher heartbeat indirectly aiding glycogen sparing. Lecithin also directly influences glycogen sparing by help in Glycogenesis and Gluconeogenesis increasing the body’s production of glycogen (cell stored carbohydrate). It also has a profound effect on how the mind and the body deals with stress, Lecithin contains two vital nutrients Choline and Inositol both are in the most accessible and efficient forms vital for brain concentration and thought function.
A common comment of trainers feeding Lecithin to racehorses is that they come out of their races very well.