Description: Metilok C is the complementary feed especially conceived to increase the amount of sulphur in horses' diets, for it is almost completely absent in hay and cereals. Sulphur plays a fundamental role in metabolism, especially in the formation of cartilage glycosaminoglycans. Therefore, it should always be a part of horses' diets. Methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM) has effective results against arthritis and inflammatory states in general. For instance, it is administered in case of sacroiliac problems, foals' epiphysitis and allergies resistant to standard treatments (12).
When to use Metilok C: Use Metilok C to provide horses with a proper amount of sulphur. Moreover, MSM ensures healthy joints and cartilage, protects the gastric mucosa and, thanks to its beneficial effects on the respiratory system, also improves muscle oxygenation. Finally, it is scientifically proven that MSM, thanks to its antioxidant properties, can be used as an adjuvant treatment to improve the clinical parameters of horses affected by inflammations. MSM has no negative side effect and, therefore, is completely safe (12, 37).
Properties of its constituents: Methyl sulphonyl methane naturally derives from seaweeds and provides highly bioavailable sulphur, thus improving the endogenous production of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Therefore, joints become stronger. Pratt and other researchers found out that 55% of sulphur of MSM origin is absorbed by horses and accumulated in the blood. The technique employed indicated that the MSM is probably absorbed intact (21). Methyl sulphonyl methane plays an important gastro-protective role (it can be administered as a standard treatment in case of gastritis) and improves breathing in horses with pulmonary disorders (12, 37). Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is added to further stimulate the production of articular cartilage. Vitamin C is the most significant antioxidant and water-soluble substance present in living organisms. It is an important cofactor in the chemical reactions resulting in the formation of collagen. It is scientifically proven that collagen formed in case of vitamin C deficiency cannot organise its structure properly, causing articular and vasal fragility (5).
Directions for use: Properly mix 20-30 g of Metilok C per day with the daily ration for at least 30-40 consecutive days. Measure the daily amount with the provided measuring scoop.
- level full: 23 g
- rounded full: 28 g
This product does not cause any adverse reaction. Nevertheless, since every organism has its own peculiarities, dietary supplements, feeds and complementary feeds should always be introduced in a horse’s diet gradually, in order to evaluate the product’s effects on the horse.