There are many supplements for gamefowl in the market. The idea behind supplementation is to keep the roosters at tip-top shape. The best supplementation, therefore, is to make the game fowl healthy and strong. Yes healthy and strong, not only during the days leading to the fight but all throughout its lifetime—from shell to pit. Supplements for this purpose are called foundation supplement. One such foundation supplement is humate/humic acid.
Benefits of humates as organic substance and supplement have been known long ago. More recently use of humates as a feed supplement was sparking increasing interest in the agricultural community and among scientists in early 2010, reports the University of Arizona Department of Animal Sciences, which had launched a study on the subject. Recently, it is also found that humates can improve performance of game fowl. How? Simple. Humic acid is a foundation supplement, meaning it will lay the basis for nutrients and other supplements to work because the body is prepared for them.
If the body is not capable of ingesting and utilizing these nutrients, all the high sounding expensive supplementation programs will just go to waste. So it’s clear game fowl needs good foundation supplementation. Providing such sound foundation supplement from the early stages of the game fowl’s life cycle to the development stage to maintenance and to condition will ensure that the game fowl will be healthy and strong when it is prepared for battle. (Example of humates supplement.) In case of fighting cocks how does humates help, aside from being a foundation supplement and promote general well being?
There are indications that the red blood cells have the capability of carrying higher percentages of oxygen when in the presence of humate. In a number of experiments, human subjects taking humate have reported feelings of euphoria, similar to hyperventilating, during the first few days of taking humate. This euphoria is a result of additional oxygen. The concentration of oxygen in the blood will help the rooster during the fight. This is the reason blood conditioning supplements such as B12 and iron are very popular.
Humates help in stress management
Humates block or reduce the production of stress causing hormones. This has been observed in animal behavior. Animals on humate are less affected by the outside stimulus of the crowds or confining areas of the arena, a very vital factor in gamecocks.
Enhances the performance of liver
For chickens in general, humates can stimulate and regenerate the liver. The liver is the powerhouse of the body as such it is a vital organ for game fowl to achieve desired fitness. Humic acid extracted from peat have been shown to stimulate respiration in liver mitochondria. It also acts as filter of toxic materials and this help protect the liver. Humates bolster the immune system. Dr. Daryl See, MD, formerly an Immunologist of UCI Medical School, suggests that the mechanism is related to the humates ability to complex (assemble) sugars within the body. The abundance of these complexed sugars allows the body to manufacture glycoproteins. This regulates the immune system cells.