Adaptogens are substances that are safe for long term use with few side effects, do not create physiological changes in physical parameters and increase the animal’s ability to adapt to a variety of stresses. APF PLUS is an herbal supplement made up of a combination of 5 adaptogens. Eleutherococcus senticosus (siberian ginseng) – helps cells absorb glucose and acts as an immunomodulator; schizandra chinensis (chinese magnolia vine) – aids in the utilization of oxygen within the cell, suppresses excessive stomach acid and reduces the occurrence of ulcers; rhodiola rosea (golden root or artic root)- increases blood supply to muscles and the brain, increases protein synthesis, improves heart rate recovery and increases the body’s ability to utilize lipids as an energy source; echinopanax elatus (asian devil’s club) regulates blood sugar and protects cardiac function; and aralia mandschuricia (manchurian thorn tree)- enhances immune function, acts as an antioxidant, increases mental alertness, helps regulate blood sugar, and has antiulcer effects.
APF PLUS is produced through a cold alcohol and water extraction process. It was originally used as a nutritional supplement for elite athletes with increased cortisol levels due to chronic stress and hard exercise. Cortisol has an antagonistic effect on insulin making uptake into the tissues less effective. Insulin resistance may occur with Cushing’s Disease due to hyperadrenocorticism (excess cortisol). APF PLUS has a dampening effect on cortisol. It also provides more energy to the lymph cells. Both of these effects are beneficial to immunity.
APF PLUS has an anticatabolic effect in that it conserves skeletal muscle even when the subject is on a weight loss nutrition regime. There is little loss of muscle mass and a utilization of lipids. The longer the subject is on the APF PLUS, the more cumulative effects it has.
Horses with insulin resistance need 4-6 ml SID and laminitic horses need 8 ml SID. This can be dosed orally or top-dressed on feed.
APF PLUS is available in 120 mL (4 oz) vials.