Posts Tagged ‘ Antioxidant ’

Rooibos

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Part of the fynbos family, rooibos can safely be used routinely as part of a daily diet, and is safe enough even for babies. Yet because of it’s significant anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and immune supportive properties, it has a tremendous amount of health benefits. These include:

Rooibos is rich in calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid.

Dosages:

Horse:             20-30g/25-75ml daily

Pony:              10-15g/25-37.5ml daily

Dogs:

Small: 2.5g /2.5ml daily

Medium: 2.5g /2.5ml daily

Large: 7.5g/7.5ml daily

Giant: 10g/10ml daily

Brewer’s Yeast

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A very good source of the water-soluble B-vitamin group and the antioxidant mineral selenium, and it encourages healthy gut flora and efficient feed assimilation.  It’s also a good source of zinc and the blood sugar regulating mineral Chromium. Brewer’s yeast is a dead (inactive) yeast supplement, so it will not cause or aggravate any yeast infections in the body.

Dose: 20-40g daily.

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Hawthorn

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Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha)

Hawthorn is the perfect cardiovascular tonic, as it both improves circulation and has  the remarkable bi-directional ability to normalize both low and high blood pressure. It’s also a rich source of nineteen different types of flavonoid antioxidants. Another great aspect of this herb is its incredible safety even when fed in large quantities. And it does not interfere with allopathic cardiac medicines, so can safely be administered concurrently. It is fantastic for all types of conditions relating to poor circulation, including navicular, laminitis, windgalls, and slow, poor quality hoof growth.

Dose: 10-15 g of mixed dried leaves, flowers and berries

Fenugreek Seed

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Fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Fenugreek seed is a rich natural source of Vitamin E (the fertility vitamin) although don’t feed it to overly flirtatious mares as it may increase oestrogen levels!  It is a wonderful appetite stimulant and weight conditioner, is also very demulcent and emollient. Being so it encourages healing and prevention of gastric ulcers, so it is ideal for horses at high risk of developing gastric ulcers e.g. are fed high grain diets and stabled in busy competitive yards.

Dose: 20-30 g seed daily.

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