Research - Equine Chia

Research on Chia & Horses

During the summer months, a field trial was conducted with four horses, all of which had shown mosquito hypersensitivity (summer itch). Two of the horses were fed two cups of chia seeds as a supplement to the normal feed ration. All four horses were trained and fed on a similar basis, except for the chia supplement.

Result: The two horses that received the chia supplement did not exhibit mosquito hypersensitivity. They showed better skin condition, improvement of dermatitis and lower allergy to insect bites.

Source: The heat is on! Equine International. June 2010. Vol. 2. Issue 5, 16-17.


Reference links:

The famous and respected Dr.Weil:

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Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D.CNS blog:

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An excellent book with several studies:

"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.)


Chia Seed — Technical Analysis

Chia seed is considered as a Dietetic Nutritional Supplement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States of America. In addition, it complies with the severe criteria of nutrients content established by this organization to be regarded as “healthy food”. Department of Health and Human Service. Setter N° 2005 - 2769

NUTRIENT  Unit per 100g of Chia

  • Energy      Kcal  g  330
  • Protein     Kcal  g  20.7
  • Lípids       Kcal  g  32.8 
  • Carbohydrates  Kcal  g  1.0
  • Dietetic fibre   Kcal  g 41.2
  • Soluble  Kcal  g  5.3
  • Unsoluble  Kcal  g  35.9

Omega 3 Advantage

  • Fatty Acids  %  Linolenic  61.12  (Omega 3)
  • Fatty Acids  %  Linoleic  20.13  (Omega 6)
  • Fatty Acids  %  Oleic  7.47  (Omega 9)