Q: What can The Matrix do for my horse?
A: The Matrix provides multiple benefits for your horse. The benefits of antioxidants are becoming widely
known, but what is not so known is that many varieties of mushrooms have extremely high concentrations of antioxidants, much higher than other popular antioxidants such as
vitamins C and E. Mushrooms are also unique in their ability to produce L-Ergothioneine (ERGO), one of the most potent anti-oxidants in the world. Use of The Matrix as a
nutritional supplement can help protect horses from a number of ailments.
For one, like all animals, when horses are competitively trained, the stress of exercise can
damage red blood cells. Blood Matrix helps prevent this damage. Joint Matrix promotes healthy joint function. ECP Matrix increases the strength and stamina of horses, yet at
the same time, it reduces stress and anxiety in horses. The Matrix also boosts the immune system, which aids in preventing disease. The potent, immune boosting antioxidants
contained within The Matrix, fortify the cell wall, which makes it more difficult for viral infections to penetrate the cell.
If you’d like a fuller explanation of
the benefits of The Matrix and how it provides these benefits, click here to read a short paper on the Application of the Mushroom Formula to Horses.
Q: I’ve heard that The Matrix can help prevent disease in horses, perhaps even help
prevent equine herpes (EHV). Is this true?
A: Yes, The Matrix does help prevent disease in a number of ways. For one, it reduces the oxidative damage to cells that
make them more susceptible to disease and strengthens the cell walls to make it more difficult for invaders to penetrate and enter the cell. The Matrix also reduces stress and
anxiety in horses and we know that stress contributes to the onset of disease - in both horses and humans. For example, veterinarians will tell you that the majority of horses
already have the equine herpes virus in their systems, but it remains latent until something such as stress triggers it. The Matrix helps prevent this trigger from
P3 & ECP Matrix can aid in the prevention of other diseases as well, including the highly contagious strangles. Diseases such as this can quickly spread
through barns and the weaker a horse’s immune system, the more likely it is to fall victim to the illness. By strengthening the immune system, P3 & ECP Matrix helps
horses fight off those diseases to which they’ve been exposed.
The potential for mushrooms to help prevent diseases, as well as to help fight diseases once they set
in, has been the focus of much recent research. Some of that research examines the use of mushrooms in the prevention and treatment of diseases such as HIV/Aids and various
cancers. If you’d like to know more about this research, take a look at this article on the benefits of mushrooms in boosting immune systems.
Q: How does The Matrix work?
A: Basically, all animals - including horses and humans - are
exposed on a daily basis to free radicals. We survive because we have an antioxidant defence system. Mushrooms have a high concentration of one of the most potent antioxidants
in the world and that’s L-Ergothioneine (ERGO). Horses and humans cannot manufacture ERGO. The only way they can get this beneficial antioxidant is by eating various
plants that take up mushroom produced ERGO from the soil. Mushrooms absorb ERGO and pass it along to humans and horses when eaten. Mushrooms, which are technically a fungus,
are also the only biologic organism that can manufacture, and internally contain, ERGO. In addition to ERGO, mushrooms are also high in other antioxidant compounds, such as
selenomethionine, making mushrooms the absolute best whole organic source for antioxidants.
What is most interesting about ERGO is that both humans and horses have a
transport system that is perfectly designed to deliver ERGO to key cells within the body. In the development of The Matrix, we were able to come up with a unique formula that
fits perfectly into this transport system so that ERGO, taken into the body through the mushroom powder, is efficiently delivered throughout the body to key energy-consuming
structures, such as muscles and red blood cells. And unlike other antioxidants, ERGO is stored and used when necessary rather than washing out of the body as do other
synthetic nutrients in common use. For a more scientific explanation of how this transport system works, you can read this research paper on the ergothioneine transporter.
The overall benefits of antioxidants in helping to reduce the oxidative damage to cells when
horses exercise is well described in this paper on vitamin E and selenium.
Keep in mind that the
natural antioxidants found in whole organic mushrooms provide even greater benefits than individualized synthetic vitamin E and selenium.
Q: Why is The Matrix
better than other nutritional supplements on the market?
A: The simple answer is because mushrooms, in general, have more potent antioxidants than any other
nutritional supplement. And in particular, the mushrooms chosen for The Matrix formula have the highest content of antioxidants of any mushrooms researched to date. This means
that there is no other nutritional supplement on the market that can provide such a high concentration of antioxidants.
Keep in mind that mushrooms are completely natural
and organic and contain an evolutionary and evolved package of enzymes and antioxidant/anti-inflammatory substances. This unique combination of enzymes and antioxidants work
together in such a way that the antioxidants that horses and humans receive when they consume mushrooms are easily and quickly absorbed by the body, thus providing horses and
humans with the full benefits of the antioxidants - increased energy, immune system protection and anti-inflammatory benefits.
In addition, the overall health benefits of
mushrooms are such that nutritional supplements made from other sources simply cannot compare. A really good source of information on the tremendous health benefits of
mushrooms can be found in this article on mushrooms that was recently published in Nutrition Today.
Q: Will the Matrix products help my horse compete?
A: Yes. Whether your horse is a jumper, eventer, or dressage, all the Matrix products are designed to support your horse in whatever discipline it is competing in.
Q: What is The Matrix?
A: The Matrix is classed as a super food that is included in your horses daily feed, therefore its effects go beyond that of a normal
supplement and does not require a rider to use a different product depending on what their discipline is. Medicinal mushrooms are a class of mushrooms that are eaten as whole
foods, but have the added nutritional benefit of providing chemistry, which enhance the functional healthy chemistry to human or animals that consumes it. These
mushrooms are grown in aseptic laboratory conditions. All mushrooms are grown on organic oats. The growing and processing has been inspected and organically
certified by the FDA NOP. Our products do not contain any plant material other than the organic oats.