What is Toxin Binder?
Toxin Binder has been formulated from specific ingredients that may bind harmful mycotoxins (aflatoxins) in the horse’s digestive tract during periods of high mycotoxin contamination. Toxin Binder is designed to bind to the polar and non-polar mycotoxins.
What is a Mycotoxin?
Mycotoxins can be found in the fungi that grow on some grasses -mainly paspalum, rye, couch and some weeds and clover. More than 500 mycotoxins have been identified to date. They are more prevalent in hot and humid conditions (sping and summer) and can also be found in some commercial feeds and hays.
About the Ingredients
Mycosorb A+ contains two main ingredients; a specific strain of yeast and algae meal. Mycotoxins are thought to bind to this strain of yeast, thus removing them from the horse’s digestive tract. The algae is also thought to target and absorb different types of toxins, removing a wider range of toxins when combined.
Actigen and Ecocell are strains of yeast containing Mannan Oligosaccharides (MOS). MOS are considered a prebiotic and are thought to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria in the hindgut. They may also boost the immune function in the digestive tract.
PowerStance is a powdered coconut oil. It may have antimicrobial actions from the lauric acid for optimizing gut health, maintaining appetite and normal digestive function.
Signs of Mycotoxin poisoning
Symptoms can vary widely but may include:
Itchy skin and/or hair loss
Coarse, dull coat
Persistent greasy heel/rainscald
Unexplained spookiness and dangerous behaviour
Mycotoxin poisoning may also cause the following without any obvious signs:
Depleted minerals in the body
Decreased immune function
Negative impact on the kidneys, liver and reproductive system
Severe cases can lead to death
Toxin Binder should be introduced gradually into diet over a two week period.
Add to feed. May be fed continually, or as required.
Start with 1tsp and gradually increase to the recommend rate.
Split into two feeds (morning and night) where possible.
Always provide access to clean water.