What does feeding low non-structural carbohydrates (NSC's) and digestive health have in common?

Feeding low non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) and supporting digestive health are interconnected in several ways: 

  • Balancing gut microbiota: Low NSC diets, such as those with limited sugar and starch content, can help promote a healthier balance of gut microbiota. High NSC diets can lead to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the digestive system, potentially causing digestive disturbances and imbalances. By feeding low NSCs, the proliferation of beneficial bacteria is favoured, supporting a healthier gut microbiome. 
  • Reducing digestive disorders: High NSC diets can increase the risk of digestive disorders such as colic, laminitis, and gastric ulcers in horses. Excessive sugar and starch intake can disrupt the microbial populations in the gut, leading to digestive imbalances and inflammation. Feeding low NSCs helps reduce the risk of these conditions and supports overall digestive health. 
  • Managing insulin response: NSCs, especially sugars and starches, can significantly impact insulin and glucose levels in horses. Diets high in NSCs can lead to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders, such as equine metabolic syndrome. By feeding low NSCs, the insulin response can be better regulated, reducing the risk of metabolic issues and supporting overall digestive health. 
  • Promoting fibre digestion: High NSC diets often contain lower fibre content, as they are rich in sugars and starches. Fibre is crucial for maintaining healthy digestion in horses as it supports proper gut motility and fermentation. Feeding low NSCs usually involves higher fibre intake, which aids in maintaining a healthy digestive system. 

UlcaBuf contains low non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs), and aims to support digestive health by providing a formulation that aligns with the nutritional needs of horses, focusing on minimising sugars and starches that can potentially disrupt the digestive system. It's important to note that it's crucial to consider the overall diet and management practices to support optimal digestive health. Consulting with a veterinarian or equine nutritionist can help ensure that the supplementation of Ulcabuf, along with the rest of the diet, meets the specific needs of your horse and promotes their digestive well-being.


UlcaBuf is an all natural, non medicated, supplement with specifically curated ingredients to support long term digestive function. Safe to use in horses with gastric ulcers and hindgut acidosis.

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