An All Natural Option?

While doing research on EPM, and ways to prevent a treatment crisis, I came across something called MicroLactin. Below are two of the many studies I found regarding the use of MicroLactin and its use for EPM.

STUDY 1: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (Impact Factor: 0.89). 09/2005; 25(9):380-382. DOI: 10.1016/j.jevs.2005.08.004
ABSTRACT Fifty-eight horses with inflammation from lameness/foot trauma, muscle and skin trauma, and respiratory, gastrointestinal, and soft tissue toxins were fed MicroLactin (Duralactin Equine, Veterinary Products Laboratories, Phoenix, AZ) as an aid to therapy to inhibit neutrophil participation in the inflammatory response. Based on clinical signs of observed improvement and owner's observations, there was 86% positive effect, 14% no effect. Owner's satisfaction of results was seen by continued use of MicroLactin instead of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids in respiratory inflammation and in chronic lameness, myositis, and skin inflammation.
STUDY 2:  Sandhill Equine Center, Southern Pines, NC Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (Impact Factor: 0.89). 06/2009; 29(6):547-550. DOI: 10.1016/j.jevs.2009.05.004
ABSTRACT MicroLactin is a patented milk protein concentrate whose mode of action is proposed to inhibit neutrophil activation in inflammation and to bolster the immune response in musculoskeletal diseases. MicroLactin was empirically used in the treatment of a series of equine clinical cases. MicroLactin was given in two trials to 166 horses in which neutrophils were associated with an inflammatory response. The primary clinical groups having the greatest positive responders to the use of MicroLactin were: respiratory (92%), joint lameness/foot trauma (90%), muscle injury/myositis (92%), equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) (81%), skin trauma/hypersensitivity (89%), and toxic enteritis (89%). Positive clinical results were seen within 10 to 14 days when MicroLactin was used as a daily treatment either alone or in combination with other anti-inflammatory agents or as an adjunct to the primary treatment.

Every study I read claimed MicroLactin to be a “miracle anti-inflammatory” that aided in cell regrowth. People were raving about this substance that is derived from cow’s milk. The studies dated back to the 80’s and not only suggested that MicroLactin truly was a natural cure all, but that it also had zero side effects or interactions.

I figured that I should give it a try. Again, I looked everywhere and nobody carried it. I looked online and saw that there was a brand called DuraLactin but that I would not be able to actually receive it for about a week. I began looking for supplements that contained the same ingredients as DuraLactin. Sure enough, I was able to find it!

The brand is called Vita-Flex Equinyl.

Vita Flex® Equinyl™ Combo is designed to help ease pain and inflammation associated with training and competition without causing gastrointestinal side effects. This supplement provides joint health support and increases flexibility. It shortens recovery time by reducing the emigration of neutrophils to the site of the inflammation. Contains glucosamine, which helps maintain synovial fluid that lubricates the joints for all day pain associated with daily exercise and activity. 5,000 mg glucosamine, 875 mg chondroitin. 7500 mg MSM. 3.75 lb (60-day supply).

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