Collection: EPSM / PSSM

Diet is critical for horses with EPSM / PSSM (Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy). Included in this collection are sources of healthy fats, high protein, amino acids (building blocks for protein synthesis), iodine and low starch / low sugar / low NSC.

A diet rich in healthy fats, low starch / low sugar (NSC below 12%, no grains), higher protein and specific amino acids may be able to combat muscle wastage from negative nitrogen balance caused by EPSM/PSSM.

Magnesium Glycinate can also help; and interestingly, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency align with the symptoms of EPSM/PSSM.

Iodine (from Kelp & Vitality Super Greens), L-Glutamine, L-Leucine and Salt (Redmond’s or Himalayan) can all also help with PSSM.

Avoid Cinnamon, as cinnamon can increase uptake of insulin and PSSM horses already suffer from high insulin sensitivity.

Following these guidelines for diet can minimize large fluctuations in blood glucose, and support your horse in experiencing fewer and less severe episodes of muscle damage and stiffness.

Related: “Whenever fat is added to an equine ration, Vitamin E should also be used to protect against the oxidative damage that could occur when the fat is metabolized.” -Meri Stratton Phelps, DVM, MPVM, DACVIM, DACVN. (This is especially important if you're feeding inflammatory fat sources such as corn oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, soy oil, etc.)

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