OB is made from USDA Certified organic ingredients and was the original formula created in 2002 to help support horses struggling with weight issues and insulin resistance. This product was designed using all the latest research from human obesity studies. The base is hemp meal, which contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) all of which help glucose and insulin get into the muscle cells where glucose is burned as fuel. They increase the fat burning biochemical pathways in the liver. The rest of the nutrients support the glucose and insulin metabolism.
Currently there are many products in the marketplace with similar uses, most of which contain the herb cinnamon. Cinnamon is a useful herb but is very warming from a Chinese medicine perspective. This works well when a horse is internally cool, as many older horses can be, but not as well when used in a younger horse that may be warm internally. It also can be problematic with horses who have PPID (Cushing’s) and are having trouble with temperature regulation and overheating.
OB was designed to be neutral in temperature and is safe to use for horses of all ages and for long periods of time. Its use can also be flexible throughout the year, depending on how much grass is available or whether the hay contains too much sugar.