Hepax forte for horses

For the support of the liver function in cases of chronic liver insufficiency.

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Andrea BernetVeterinary nurse

General health is closely linked to a healthy metabolism and therefore also to good liver functionality. In horses, the liver serves as a metabolic organ, a storage organ, a central organ for detoxification processes, and a production site for essential body compounds such as muscle protein. Your veterinarian can detect liver dysfunction with a blood test and determine if Hepax forte, with its complex of well-established ingredients for a healthy liver, is needed.

Ingredients (excerpt)

  • Milk thistle extract (Silybum marianum fructus)

    The fruit of the milk thistle has positive, supportive properties when it comes to liver function as it helps eliminate free radicals in the liver. Extraced from the milk thistle fruit, silymarin can positively influence the biosynthetics capacity of hepatocytes. In a double-blind study of humans with alcohol cirrhosis, silymarin significantly reduced the mortality rate.

  • Artichoke extract (Cynara scolymus folium)

    Artichoke leaves are known to have choleretic, cholicinetic and hepato-stimulating properties. They are also known to reduce cholesterol and lipid-levels. That's why artichoke leaves can help support a dysfunctioning liver and gallbladder.

  • Reishi ground (Ganoderma lucidum)

    Often called the mushroom of immortality, the reishi has been used for over 4000 years in traditional Chinese phytoscience and is now known worldwide as one of our most important medicinal mushrooms. It supports liver function by inhibiting lipid accumulation and collagen storage. Additionally, the triterpene of the reishi has been proven to inhibit the angiotensin-conversions-enzyme (ACE) in humans, which is responsible for producing angiotensin which, in turn, increases blood pressure. It also facilitates blood oxygenation, which means that organs are provided with more oxygen.

  • Lecithin

    Once it reaches the liver, lecithin is converted into choline, which is the chemical compound responsible for eliminating excess fats from the liver. Its absence can lead to fatty liver, which is why replenishing its numbers supports liver function. Choline can also be converted into betaine, which forms part of S-Adenosyl methionine (SAMe) – one of the key compounds responsible for liver detoxification.

  • Betaine

    Betaine plays an important role in methionine synthesis in the liver, where the amino acid methionine is converted to S-Adenosyl methionine (SAMe). SAMe, in turn, plays a crucial role in liver detoxification. Betaine also help prevent fatty liver.

  • Vitamin E

    As an antioxidant, vitamin E has the ability to bind free radicals in the liver. Free radicals are a very active form of oxygen that can damage tissues and reduce metabolic functions. Vitamin E significantly reduces the number of free radicals, thus protecting the liver's tissues and functions.

  • B vitamins

    B vitamins are stored in the liver and are cofactors in its detoxification processes and syntheses. Vitamin B12 (cobalmin) is particularly important as it is a cofactor in the methionine and S-Adenosyl methionine syntheses.

  • Zinc

    The liver is the primary organ for zinc metabolism so healthy zinc levels help improve the liver's regenerative capacity and maintain its functionality.

  • Magnesium

    Magnesium is necessary for the synthesis of S-Adenosyl methionine (SAM), which plays an important role in liver detoxification processes.