Neutradex contains sodium acid citrate salt in a caramel flavour syrup base. The acid-citrate salt is a buffering agent - providing mild neutralising power against alkaline salts as well as strong buffering activity against acid salts which build up acid in the blood or urine after hard exercise.
WHAT IS NEUTRADEX?
- Buffers the acid build up in muscle cells
- Stimulates the thirst response
- Prevents dehydration
- Prevents muscle soreness after fast work
- Palatable caramel flavour
WHY CHOOSE NEUTRADEX?
To combat the effect of acidosis and dehydration
During exercise, lactic acid and “free radicals” build up in the muscles, and if not neutralised and removed can lead to cramping, stiffness, fatigue and slow recovery. NEUTRADEX is formulated to combat the effects of acidosis and dehydration, particularly after hard work.
NEUTRADEX encourages dogs to drink
The sodium content (although the sodium requirement is low in greyhounds because they do not sweat) given as an after race recovery dose stimulates the thirst reflex, encouraging the dog to drink more. This in turn corrects post-race dehydration and flushes acid and metabolic wastes from the kidneys.
WHEN TO USE NEUTRADEX
Neutradex is recommended as a routine "kidney tonic" after hard racing.
NEUTRADEX is most effective when used after a trial or race where lactic acid build up in the muscles and blood should be effectively and rapidly neutralised to prevent stiffness, soreness and discomfort, and to improve recovery.
It is not recommended for every day use because of its potential to increase the excretion of potassium by alkalising the urine.
Potassium is an electrolyte often deficient in greyhound diets and essential for optimum nerve and muscle function.
WHY DOES MY GREYHOUND NEED A MILD DIURETIC AND ACID NEUTRALISING SUPPLEMENT?
- Sodium – stimulates thirst, encouraging greyhounds to drink more water. This helps correct dehydration, as well as increase urine output to “flush” kidneys.
- Citric acid – provides a weak acid buffer source to counteract any alkaline content if present, and complements citrate as an alkaline buffer.
- Citrate salt – can enter muscle cells to neutralise lactic acid by splitting into bicarbonate salt, whereas bicarbonate itself cannot enter muscle cells. Citrate salt provides an indirect alkaline reserve if required, and also acts as an energy source for the liver during recovery from hard work.