- Sku: 207922
- Vendor: Wanneroo Stock Feeders
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- Weight management for hard or easy keepers. Chia’s high fat content provides calories for the horse needing to gain weight. But overweight horses also benefit. Their high ALA content lowers circulating insulin levels.5 In addition, they reduce inflammation created by body fat that can lead to leptin resistance, thereby aiding in weight loss.6
- Easing joint and muscle pain. ALA alleviates pain through its COX2 enzyme inhibition, much like the drug firocoxib (Equioxx).7
- Ulcer prevention and cure. The mucilage and quercetin content of chia seeds helps protect and heal the mucosal lining throughout the stomach and remainder of the gastrointestinal tract.8
- Colic prevention. Chia seeds are often touted to prevent sand colic. While its mucilage content does not actually bind to sand, the gel adds significant bulk to the hindgut. This aids in ensuring that the cecum is full — a necessary condition because its entrance and exit are at the top! Therefore, for sand to reach the top, there needs to be enough digested material to carry it out the exit. By making sure your horse has access to forage 24/7, all day and all night, you’ll ensure a full cecum and reduce the incidence of colic.
- Allergy relief — both respiratory and skin-related. ALA is effective in reducing the histamine reaction9 that impacts your horse’s respiration. It can also benefit horses suffering from chronic airway inflammatory disease.10 Skin reactions, in particular, allergic responses to culicoides (sweet itch) are improved by feeding a source of ALA.11
- Metabolic conditions, including insulin resistance and Cushing’s disease. The high amount of soluble fiber in chia seeds slows down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream, modulating insulin spikes.12
- Healthy hooves and hair. The high-quality protein found in chia seeds supports the production of keratin, the protein found in hooves and hair. With more copper and zinc than iron, chia seeds balance these minerals with the high iron found in forages to further enhance hoof and skin health.
- Chronic inflammation from osteoarthritis, laminitis, and metabolic syndrome. ALA modulates inflammatory responses throughout the whole body, whereas LA increases inflammation. Hence, a diet that offers more ALA than LA will reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.13
- Immune response. ALA promotes a healthy immune response by stabilizing cell membranes.14
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