Chia Seeds And Equine Health

Chia seeds have risen in popularity as an additive to both horse and human diets. These very tiny seeds are high in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but they are best known for their omega 3 and 6 content. With a 30 percent fat content, they have a ratio of 3:1 omega 3 to 6; this is very similar to what is found in pasture grasses.

Chia seeds have multiple nutritional benefits, including:

  • Antioxidants, which prevent cellular oxidization and disease
  • Caffeic acid, which reduces inflammation
  • Quercetin, which reduces inflammation after an allergic response, as well as protects against various cancers and heart disease

Chia seeds help with weight management, ease joint pain, provide allergy relief, promote healthy hooves and hair, and help prevent ulcers and colic, among other benefits.

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