Holistic Horse, a site that focuses on topics for integrative horse care, recently highlighted the vast nutritional benefits found in chia seeds. Chia is prized for its abundance of amino acids, fiber, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, fiber and vitamins – all naturally concentrated into a seed smaller than an ice cream sprinkle.
These properties mean a lot in terms of nutritional value for your horse. One of the most notable benefits for hoofed friends is chia’s role as a digestion aid. The high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber in chia helps to reduce inflammation and clear out the intestines, preventing the risk of ulcers and colic – both common enemies to horses and their owners alike. In addition, chia is also known to slow down the absorption of sugar, keeping your horse’s blood sugars more balanced – especially helpful if your horse is on a high grain diet.
Field of US Chia, ready for harvest in Kentucky
But the benefits reach far beyond just digestion. Chia supports healthier skin and hooves, a shinier coat and a stronger overall immune system because of its richness in Omega-3s. For your performance horses, the anti-inflammatory power of chia helps to maintain proper joint function, and it works to keep them better hydrated by balancing the electrolytes in their bodies. Also a noteworthy attribute is the long shelf life for chia seeds, due to their richness in antioxidants.
Holistic Horse profiled chia seeds because they serve as a great all-in-one supplement to promote improved body function in horses, and because it comes straight from Mother Nature, herself. At US Chia, we produce our own chia seeds right here in the United States so that our customers can enjoy high-quality, chemical free, American-grown nutrition for their horses. If you’re interested in learning more about US Chia seeds.