Could Fruit Provide The Answer To Growing Dewormer Resistance? 

Dewormer resistance is a critical concern for horse owners all over the world. With no new deworming products in the works, scientists are beginning to research more natural means of controlling the internal parasites. 

A preliminary study from England suggests that an enzyme found in fruits like papaya, pineapple and figs can prevent parasite eggs from hatching in a laboratory setting. A previous study found that cysteine proteinases can kill adult worms so Dr. Laura Peachey and her team tested the theory that these enzymes may also inhibit parasite eggs from hatching. 

Peachey’s results confirmed these enzymes could inhibit hatching and also found that the enzymes inhibited the movement of small red worms in their infective stage. The researchers are unsure if the limited mobility is related to the cysteine proteinases or another compound in the extract. More research is needed to see how the enzymes do their work.

Read more at EQUUS.

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