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Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed (Kelp) from the cold North Atlantic has been used for centuries as a natural source feed supplement, low in iodine and rich in vitamins minerals and amino acids, it is composed of 48 elements, 16 amino acids and 11 vitamins. As well as the combination of these nutrients the content of Algin provides an anti oxidant effect, it attracts heavy metals and removes them from the body. It also induces a high level of cytokinin type activity. Cytokinins are involved in cell division and as such growth and replacement of cells.

For thousands of years the Chinese have used kelp in their food and medicines and for agricultural purposes. Investigations into the use of seaweed for animal supplementation were commenced in France following the First World War when fodder was limited. The results of these studies were positive and continued until an industry developed to provide seaweed meal to livestock. Nowadays it is processed using controlled geothermal heat. This allows the seaweed to keep its enzyme potency intact, and keep it a biologically active product with high levels of nutrients. When used on a regular basis, kelp can improve the nutritional wellbeing of your horse.

The benefits for horses are:
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  • Helps prevent cracked hooves.
  • Skin Texture and elasticity are improved along with coat gloss.
  • Stable vices and nervous habits are often minimized.
  • Boosts the immune system creating higher resistance to infections and faster healing time from injuries.
  • Increased fertility in brood mares and stallions.
  • Promotes regular heat cycles.
  • Helps to detoxify the body after exposure to mouldy feeds.
  • Stimulates appetite and improves digestive capacity.
 

Important Note :
There are other kelps that can be used for liquid fertilisers and have been used for supplements. Other kelp will have high levels of iodine so it is very important to know which kelp is being used. A horse has a daily requirement of approximately 3 mg per day, however it can tolerate up to 50 mg before it has serious negative effects on their health. Some liquid Kelp supplements provide 120 mg is a dose – so VERY IMPORTANT to check the labels of any supplement containing kelp.

 
 
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