Chia seeds have recently become incredibly popular with people looking to switch to healthier diets. Research has suggested that chia seeds are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available and may be a natural replacement for many other supplements while being easy to digest. Chia seeds may also be very beneficial to horses and new research is being directed towards exploring the link between chia seeds and good equine health.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Some of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds may include:
- Very high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, with a 3:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6
- Higher levels of omega 3 levels than flaxseed
- Source of B Vitamins, including niacin
- Excellent source of mucilaginous fibre, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and copper
Chia seeds may have a significant positive impact on equine health factors such as:
High omega 3 levels help boost the immune system which may provide relief to horses with allergies.
The high nutritional content of chia seeds indicate that they provide a solid nutritional foundation for broodmares and stallions especially during breeding season.
It is well known that optimal levels of minerals, especially magnesium may help reduce stress in horses and may influence a positive calm behaviour. Reducing stress levels is beneficial for the overall health of a horse.
The properties of chia seeds may help to optimise the functioning of the digestive tract of horses. The fibre in Chia seeds is mainly soluble fibre and mucilage, the substance responsible for the thick and gluey texture of wet chia seeds. These fibres may help slow digestion and support digestive activity. When fed, chia seed may be a beneficial additive for ulcer and colic prevention.
Because of chia seeds high fibre content, they can absorb upwards of 10 times their weight in water, feeding soaked chia seeds may help regulate body fluid levels and retain electrolytes, both key factors against dehydration.
Improving Joint Function
Research supports that foods containing omega-3 may be beneficial in reducing inflammatory conditions. Chia Seeds are a rich plant source of omega 3 fatty acids, they also contain proteins which help to build and maintain muscles.
Maintaining Coat and Hoof Health
Research has found a possible link between healthy horse skin and stronger hooves due to the introduction of chia seeds in the diet.
Chia Seeds for Horses and Dogs in Australia
Crooked Lane is proud to source high quality, premium chia seeds for horses and dogs, delivered across Australia through our distribution network. Chia seeds have the added benefit of having a long shelf life, which makes them easier to store without becoming rancid. Contact us today for more information on horse health or order nutritional supplements from our website now.