Nutritional Articles

Prolonged suppression of the innate immune system in the horse following an 80 km endurance race

Published: 2003-04-25

Brief content of the article:
Pre- and post blood samples were taken from 8 endurance horses to evaluate the effect of an 80 km endurance race in South Africa on the monocyte and neutrophil oxidative burst, serum cortisol, glutamine and plasma glucose concentrations. It appeared that long duration exercise has a negative influence on the immune system which lasts several days after the race. This article is supported by an editorial article which reviews the effects of exercise on the immune system of both humans and horses.
Keywords:cortisol; immunity; plasma glucose; serum haematocrit; serum total protein; endurance

References:
Robson, P.J. Alston, T.D. and K.H. Myburgh. 2003. Polonged suppression of the innate immune system in the horse following an 80 km endurance race. Equine Vet. J. 35: 133-137.

Horohov, D.W. Editorials; Is exercise bad for the immune system? 2003. Equine Vet. J. 35: 113-116.

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