The liver and pancreas play a central role in the organ cascade of metabolism. On the one hand they digest the food they eat, on the other hand they produce enzymes, vitamins and hormones that are vital for the organism.
The liver is responsible for the utilization of food components, it produces vital proteins, it stores glycogen and vitamins, it is responsible for the production of bile and ensures that metabolic products and foreign substances such as medicines and toxins can be broken down and excreted. Fat-soluble substances get into the intestine with the bile secretions, water-soluble substances are filtered out of the blood in the kidneys. When the liver is overwhelmed as the elimination organ, the body looks for emergency solutions to eliminate harmful substances. These "emergency exits" can be the skin, the bronchial mucous membranes or the hooves, among other things. That's why we recommend regular liver support for older horses and horses with recurring metabolic problems. Take a look at our drainage concepts and let us advise you.
The pancreas releases digestive enzymes into the intestine and at the same time produces hormones that primarily serve to regulate the blood sugar level. The enzymes protease, amylase and lipase break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the food in the intestine so that they can be absorbed by the intestinal mucosa. Insulin and glucagon regulate the blood sugar level. Today's mostly one-sided and high-energy diet overwhelms the pancreas of horses. The problem is compounded by the fact that most feeds no longer contain any bitter substances.
However, bitter substances stimulate all digestive organs and help the pancreas in its work. The bitter harongar bark (Harungana madagascariensis) in EquiPankrem and the bitter herb mixture HerbaVisceral have proven particularly effective as regulators.