Category Archives: Resources

Curcumin Bioavailability

Comparative bioavailability of curcumin, turmeri and Biocurcumax (BCM-95®) in traditional vehicles using non-everted rat intestinal sac model

Abstract: (Shishu, Maheshwari, M., Journal of Functional Foods (2010), doi:10.1016/j.jff.2010.01.004)

The bioavailability of curcumin from turmeric, Biocurcumax and as plain curcumin wasinvestigated using conventional vehicles by a non-everted rat intestinal model.

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Health and Supplementation

The human, equine and companion animal markets are saturated with dietary supplements intended to impact everything from joint health to cardiovascular support.  The supplements seem to be so targeted sometimes, that I feel that often we are losing touch with what is occurring, how health is impacted and what the ultimate bottom line is to us, our horses and our pets.  We have to view ourselves as a car, a machine with requirements.  If those requirements are met, then health and balance are achieved.  If not, then problems develop and health, performance and soundness are impacted.

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Knowledge is the Key to Health

Graduating from Veterinary School, students find themselves equipped with many volumes of knowledge regarding a wide array of species.  We are taught essentially the basics of medicine and surgery, with tools to do the job in most situations, but the knowledge is somewhat restricted from a practical point of view.  There is much to learn and confidence to gain over the years of clinical practice.  For the majority of us, being no different from our human medical counterparts, we often find that the amount of information is so overwhelming that soon we hone our skills down to maybe one area of practice, one particular species or even more one area of focus in a specific species.  What becomes obvious is that the more knowledge we acquire, the more useful we can become to our clients.  We can’t possibly know it all, but we can either share what we know or we can choose to hoard it. Through working together, as professionals, and through educating others, I truly believe we can win the battle against many chronic diseases that impact us, our pets and our equine companions.

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Disease, Injury and Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Back in the days of high school biology class, we all learned the components of the cell.  Chances are that most of us have forgotten what we learned back then and that is okay, but in today’s medical society this knowledge is becoming important whether it is our health or that of our pets and horses.

Mitochondria and Energy
One of the most important components of the cell is the mitochondria, which the name may ring a bell.  The mitochondria has been termed the “Power House of the Cell” because it is the main source of energy production in the form of ATP.  Every cell in the body, with the exception of the red blood cell, has a mitochondria and actually, the number of mitochondria contained in a given cell varies dependent on the type of cell we are talking about.  Some have more and some have fewer, it is really dependent on the nature of the cell and energy output required.  Muscle and nervous tissue require more energy and thus usually have more mitochondria per cell.

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