Vitalize® Alimend®

Is your horse at risk for gastric ulcers? If your equine partner is used for high-performance competition, the answer is likely yes. Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS), commonly called ulcers in horses, has become prevalent in today’s performance horse industry. A 2011 research study showed a 93% prevalence of squamous gastric ulcers in horses during the competition season. 

Signs of Gastric Ulcers in Horses: 

  • Grumpiness 
  • Frequent Colic 
  • Sensitive to the Touch 
  • Girthy/Cinchy 
  • Lack of Appetite 
  • Weight Loss 
  • Behavioral Issues 
  • Poor Coat 
  • Decrease in Performance 

What causes gastric ulcers in horses?  

The horse’s stomach continuously secretes hydrochloric acid throughout the day and night, regardless if feed has been ingested. High acid in the stomach, especially in an empty stomach, predisposes the horse to gastric ulcers. Because of the horse’s now domestic habitat including showing, training, stalling, and traveling, performance horses are more prone to ulcers than ever before.  

What is the best product for gastric ulcers in horses?  

We recommend Vitalize Alimend. Alimend is a natural product that provides 24/7 stomach comfort for your horses. It contains patented and proven ingredients that work with the horse’s biology in a novel way to improve gastric health. Alimend has been proven to be effective in preventing gastric ulcers as well as serving as a natural alternative to other gastric health solutions. 

What makes Vitalize Alimend better than other gastric health supplements or solutions? 

Alimend’s mucoadhesive formula lines the stomach to act as a protective layer to gastric issues. This lining not only helps to prevent gastric issues, but also aid in existing gastric problems. Positive results have been shown when feeding the stress dose as a solution to gastric issues and a natural alternative to other gastric health solutions in over 90% of horses in clinical trials. Click here to read more on the research behind Alimend.  

Each ingredient in Alimend has been independently researched and verified for efficacy. Key ingredients include: 

  • MHB3® Hyaluronan – Patented and proven through pre-clinical and clinical research to support gastric health & GI tissue. High molecular weight HA can significantly protect gastric mucosa from injury. (Al-Bayaty et al., 2011) 
  • Amaferm® - a precision prebiotic designed to enhance digestibility by amplifying nutrient supply for maximum performance. It is research-proven to significantly increase intake, digestion, and absorption improving gut health, as well as boost animal resilience to challenges.
  • H. erinaceous (lion’s mane) extract - An extract rich in beta glucan content that supports enhanced gastroprotection. Contains bioactive components with anti-ulcer activities. (Wong et al., 2013) 

Vitalize Alimend can help your horse get a #goodgutfeeling three ways: by improving overall gastric health and GI tissue integrity; increasing weight gain; and enhancing immune health.  

  1. Gastric Health and GI Tissue Integrity 
    • Positive results have shown Alimend to be a solution to gastric issues and a natural alternative to other gastric health solutions in over 90% of horses in clinical trials when feeding the stress dose. Click here to read more on the research behind Alimend. 
  1. Weight Gain  
    • Positive results have been shown to increase weight gain in 90% of horses in clinical trials when feeding the stress dose. Click here to read more on the research behind Alimend. 
  1. Immune Health  
    • Amaferm- a precision prebiotic designed to enhance digestibility by amplifying nutrient supply for maximum performance. It is research-proven to significantly increase intake, digestion, and absorption improving gut health, as well as boost animal resilience to challenges.

Can Vitalize Alimend be used to aid in hindgut ulcers, too?  

No, Alimend is specifically formulated to work in the foregut, or stomach, of the horse. Other Vitalize products such as Vitalize Digest More Plus would be a good option for a horse struggling with hindgut discomfort.  

Vitalize Alimend is the right choice for your horse to win against gastric ulcers because it is safe for continuous use and does not alter stomach pH or hinder digestion. It contains research-proven ingredients and supports immune health.