EQUINE CHIA VITAMINS, MINERALS AND PROTEIN
NINE ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS
Equine Chia and Protein
Chia Seeds contain all nine essential amino acids for a complete protein. Chia has 19-23% protein content, which is more protein than traditional grains such as wheat (13.7%), rice (6.5%), corn (9.4%), barley (12.5%) and oats (16.9%). Research performed on Chia’s digestibility and biological value has proven that Chia is an excellent protein source.
There are no limitations in Chia’s amino acid content, therefore, it can be included in the horse diet to improve protein balance by itself or when mixed with other grains.
Equine Chia Vitamins and Minerals
Chia Seed is an ancient wonder food—a whole food source of balanced ratios of vitamins, minerals and Omega oils.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and copper. Chia contains the mineral Boron that facilitates the absorption of Calcium. It has 6 times more Calcium than does milk, according the USDA (2001), Brown (2003), and the Instituto Nacional de Alimentos (2003).
Chia is a rich source of Vitamin B, with a higher niacin content than corn, rice or even soy. Its thiamine and riboflavin content is similar corn and rice.
Equine Chia and Antioxidants
Chia is highly enriched with antioxidants to protect its PUFAs (essential Omega oils) from becoming oxidised and going rancid, to the extent that chia seed can be stored at room temperature until use—which makes it easy to store at the barn. It does not go rancid quickly or lose its nutritional properties. Air pollutants, smoke, herbicides, pesticides and even some rancid fats are examples of free radical-generating elements that horses consume or inhale that cannot be eliminated by the body. These cause cell damage.
Antioxidants are a group of vegetal elements that can block the harmful effects of these so-called “free radicals.” The most important antioxidants in Chia are chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid as well as myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavonols. These antioxidants have been shown to provide protection to lipids, proteins, and DNA from oxidation, and work to inhibit lipid per oxidation with strong free radical and superoxide scavenging activity. They are more effective than vitamin C and vitamin E in their antioxidant properties (Kweon, Hwang, and Sung, 2001). Top ^
Chia vs. Flax
Flax is not good in large, continuous amounts in the diet. Detailed information is available in a book titled, Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztec , (University of Arizona Press 2005), written and researched by expert Dr. Wayne Coates, with co-author, agronomist Ricardo Ayerza. Dr. Coates holds a doctorate in Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Many people today have turned to the consumption of flax seeds or flax seed oils for supplementing their diets with omega-3 fatty acids, but there are serious problems with the use of flax seed in the diet. There are some toxins and antinutritional factors found in flax seed.
Flax was never considered a food by any civilization. The hard outer shell makes it indigestible. Flax fibre used for clothing and oil for lighting were made from the stalks and seeds by ancient cultures such as the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Arabs (Cooley, 1899; Gil, 1965p Crawford, 1979; Palagia, 1984; Mayerson, 1997). Flax is mentioned eighty-nine times in the Bible (Moldenke and Moldenke, 1952); as a source of fiber for clothing, not for food.
“In order to safely use flax in animal and human diets the seeds should be detoxified. However, the most efficient processes
require the use of solvents, and even in the best case the seeds cannot be completely detoxified (Madhusudhan et al., 1986; Mazza and Oomah, 1996).”
Chia seed is a much safer, long-term product to improve and maintain healthy horses.
Chemical and Pesticide Free
All of our Chia seed is:
- Organically grown!
- Certified free from chemicals, pesticides, herbicides etc!
- 100% Kosher, Vegan, NON-GMO and Gluten-Free
- 3rd party tested prior to importing!
- Inspected by the FDA upon entry to the USA!
- The FDA regards Chia as a food with an established history of safe consumption
Top Healing and Balance
Chia has the substance essential to cell life—a balanced property of giving out (nutrients) and readily taking up (debris).
Chia Seeds offer healing and balance to Equines in several ways. A basic understanding of the joint can ease arthritis pain. Proper feed means making sure to include generous levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. This is important to horses with arthritis because a deficiency of these essential fats, or an over-abundance of the omega-6 fatty acids, can worsen inflammatory reactions.