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Found in many industrial products and cleaners such as:

  • flooring strippers

  • brick cleaners

  • and cements

Although ammonium and ammonia are essential to proper kidney function and maintaining an acid-base balance within the body, chronic high levels of the chemical can ruin delicate blood vessels and cause harm on the cellular level.

Ammonium hydroxide as one of the key ingredients (ammonia gas) used as the in making “pink slime“.

(McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell restaurants have recently stopped this practice)

img-5I’m with all the millions of people that boycotted ”
Pink SLIME“.
Ammonia may be used as a de-foaming agent used in the manufacture of paper and paperboard.

You will find it in Red Cell®
By Farnam Companies, Inc.

Other Declared Ingredients:
Water, Ferric Sulfate,
Ammonium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Sorbitol, Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, D-activated Animal Sterol irradiated (source of Vitamin D-3), Copper Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Saccharin Sodium, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Cobalt Sulfate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate complex, Sodium Benzoate (a preservative), Niacinamide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Kelp Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Artificial Cherry Flavoring, FD&C Red #40 and Potassium Sorbate (a preservative).

Ammonia can be mixed with water and sold as ammonium hydroxide, ammonia poses health risks and hazards that require proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and safe use and handling procedures.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted ammonium hydroxide status as a GRAS or Generally Recognized as Safe, substance in 1974.

Imagine that!
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flavor enhancers

ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS / food additives
Like artificial coloring, artificial flavoring’s often seen in seriously processed feeds and supplements.

These products are so deficient of naturally occurring flavor that cheap synthetic versions impersonate the real thing.

Artificial flavors try to fool the horse into “tasting” apple or cherry or carrot while saving manufacturers money and masking the “icky” taste.

Side effects include allergic reactions, unexplained weight gain, bloating and flatulence.

You may also see episodes of weakness, skin rashes, dermatitis, eczema, can affect enzymes, RNA and thyroid tumors.

You will find it in Nimble Supreme by Adeptus Animal Nutrition, Inc

Other Declared Ingredients: Corn distiller’s dried grain with solubles, glucosamine HCl, dextrose, stabilized flax meal, hydrolyzed collagen, ascorbic acid (stabilized), zinc-methionine complex, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, silicon dioxide, artificial flavors, propionic acid & mixed tocopherols as preservatives

Also found in: SmartDigest®
SmartSupplements by SmartP

Other Declared Ingredients: Active Dry Yeast, Brewers Yeast, Citric Acid, Coconut Oil, dl-Alpha Tocopherol, Distillers Grains with Solubles, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Extract, Dried Enterococcus Lactis Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Lactis Fermentation Extract, Fenugreek Seed, Fructooligosaccharides, Linseed Meal, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Rice Bran, Vegetable Oil (cold pressed), Whole Sweet Whey, Yeast Extract (Mannanoligosaccharides).

These flavors can be made from hundreds of chemicals.

Some imitation vanilla flavorings use ingredients from petroleum or paper-mill waste.

The presence of many fake flavorings indicates that the product is
compensating for real flavor found in real foods, herbs and plants.

Artificial flavorings may contain substances such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein or monosodium glutamate.

Manufacturers have the right to make flavorings a trade secret, giving little to no information about the actual flavoring ingredients.

Ask yourself, what are they trying to do by adding artificial flavors and why?

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magnesium sterate

Known to be unfavorably affecting and suppressing the immune system.

Previous research has shown that stearic acid suppresses T cells—your natural killer cells—which are a key factor of your immune system

Many supplement makers are adding (magnesium
stearate) as a flow agents into their manufacturing.

The crucial reason is to keep ingredients from sticking to equipment during mixing.

Manufacturing becomes quicker and cheaper.

Not using them merely adds to manufacturing costs and there is plainly no rationale why this ingredient is added for your horses advantage.

Cosamin DS You will find it in
Cosamin DS

Other Declared Ingredients:
Sodium (as bound to Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate), Vitamin C (as Manganese Ascorbate), Manganese (as Manganese Ascorbate), High Purity Glucosamine HCl 99%, Low Molecular weight Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate 95%, Mixed Glycosaminoglycan, gelatin, water, magnesium stearate, and titanium dioxide.

Also found in Cosequin® HA + Cosequin® HA + ASU Treats By Nutramax Laboratories

According to a study, stearic acid causes the collapse of cell membrane dependability which, ultimately, can destroy cell function.
Magnesium stearate might be on the verge of getting axed from supplements altogether.

For companies manufacturing without magnesium stearate, it is evidence that they’ve been correct all along. References For #3


BHA keeps fats from becoming rancid. BHT also prevents oxidative rancidity of fats.

It preserves food odor, color, and flavor.

The oxidative characteristics and/or metabolites of BHA and BHT may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity;

There is evidence that certain persons may have difficulty metabolizing BHA and BHT, resulting in health and behavior changes.

BHA and BHT have been found by some studies to cause cancer in rats. Weight Builder By Farnam

You will find it in
Weight Builder
By Farnam Companies, Inc.

Other Declared Ingredients: Maize distiller’s grains with solubles dehydrated, heat stabilized flax meal, calcium carbonate, partially hydrogenated vegetable fat, propionic acid, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative), BHT/BHA (as a preservative), artificial flavor.

Also found in Hard Keeper Solution By Vita-Flex Nutrition

Other Declared Ingredients: Corn distiller’s dried grains with solubles, soybean oil, ground flax, calcium carbonate, Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation product dehydrated, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, Enterococcus faecium fermentation product dehydrated, Lactobacillus fermentum fermentation product dehydrated, Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product dehydrated, Lactobacillus casei fermentation product dehydrated, Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product dehydrated, Pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product dehydrated, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product dehydrated, Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation product dehydrated, Bacillus subtilis fermentation product dehydrated, dextrose, natural and artificial flavors; BHA, BHT, Citric Acid and propyl gallate (as preservatives).

Also found in Joint Combo Hoof & Coat By Horse Health Products

Other Declared Ingredients:
Alfalfa meal, dehydrated; artificial flavor, BHT and BHA (preservatives), calcium carbonate, calcium propionate, calcium sulfate, cane molasses, heat-stabilized flax meal, soybean oil, dehydrated; wheat middlings.

Also found in Quitt
By Farnam Companies, Inc.

Other Declared Ingredients:
dehydrated alfalfa meal, wheat middlings, sodium acetate, vegetable oil, dicalcium phosphate, dried beet molasses, ammonium lignosulfonate, magnesium sulfate,
calcium propionate, potassiumsulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), choline chloride, artificial flavor, manganese oxide, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin E supplement, riboflavin, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodate, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, BHT, BHA (preservatives). Additional Reading

References For #4


Many manufacturers use sodium benzoate to prevent mold.

This chemical can damage mitochondria in cells, which leads to neuro-degenerative diseases.
Sodium benzoate has the ability to deprive the cells of oxygen, break down the immune system and
cause cancer.

The FDA says it is safe because the amount used to preserve foods is low, but do not ever combine it with vitamin C or E as this causes benzene to be formed.

This is dangerous. Benzene is a known carcinogen, which means it causes cancer.

Sodium benzoate is the cheapest mold inhibitor on the market.

Thia-Cal by Finish LineYou will find it in
Thia-Cal by Finish Line

Other Declared Ingredients: Corn gluten, salt, potassium chloride, calcium lactate, magnesium sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, natural and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate.

Liquid: Water, salt, potassium chloride, calcium lactate, natural and artificial flavors, saccharin sodium, thiamine monoitrate, magnesium sulfate,
sodium benzoate, xanthan gum.

Also found in
B-Kalm Paste
by Farnam Companies, Inc.

Other Declared Ingredients: Dextrose, ethyl alcohol, ground limestone, potassium sorbate, sodium bentonite, sodium benzoate, sodium saccharin, thiamine hydrochloride with artificial flavor and color, water, xantham gum. Acidic foods tend to grow bacteria, mold and yeast more easily than non-acidic foods, so the sodium benzoate extends the shelf life while it shortens human life. References For #5

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REFERENCES – #3 Magnesium Sterate


  • addition to causing hyperactivity in children, BHT and BHA are considered carcinogens by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Yet the FDA allows them to be used in foods?! What’s wrong with this picture???
  • However, the same chemical properties which make BHA and BHT excellent preservatives may also be implicated in health effects.The oxidative characteristics and/or metabolites of BHA and BHT may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity; however the same reactions may combat oxidative stress.
  • induces in animals tumours of the forestomach, which are dose dependent, whereas BHT induces liver tumours in long-term experiments

REFERENCES – #5 Sodium benzoate

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    This is a very nice site. I have recently altered my horses’ diet and have carefully identified all the freshly ground ingredients. I a happy to report that NONE of the items you cite here appear in my horses’ feed mix. I look forward to forwarding this website to others in my community and to learning more from you ladies! Thanks!
    Donna H.

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