WHOLEFOOD OMEGA-3 FATTY ACID SUPPLEMENT
WHOLEFOOD OMEGA-3 FATTY ACID SUPPLEMENT
Lumiere provides your horse with an herbivore-friendly source of essential alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3), plus digestive support for horses on hay or grain rations. ALA is essential for the moderation of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, which are found in abundance in grain-based feeds and oils, including oats, barley, corn, canola, sunflower and coconut.
Does my horse require ALA supplementation?
While horses on a purely-pasture diet will likely be obtaining adequate ALA, so may not require supplementation, even a grain-free diet of hay still has some requirement for ALA, as the ALA found in fresh pasture is rapidly degraded in the drying and storage of fodder.
Wholeground, stabilised flax seed vs flax seed oil:
Wholegrain flax is approximately 42% fat, 19% protein and 28% fibre. While flax oil is good for providing the fat component of flax seeds, these little bundles of goodness have so much more to offer than just their healthy fats!
Feeding whole-ground, full-fat flax means that you are also providing your horse with:
Amino Acids – Flax seeds are an excellent source of essential amino acids, including histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. Essential amino acids are required for the normal functioning of numerous bodily processes, including muscle function and tissue repair, and for correct genetic expression.
Soluble Fibre – A mucilaginous gel which is a prebiotic (food for beneficial gut microbes), and is beneficial for the regulation of blood sugars, helping to avoid sugar spikes and related behavioural issues, as well as the early onset of metabolic disorders. Soluble fibre can help pick up sand to prevent sand colic, and will help to soften dry, hard stools.
Lignin – A type of dietary fibre which can be partially metabolised by gut microbiota into biologically active compounds, including antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and apoptosis promotors (programmed cell death), making them a focus of cancer research.
Insoluble Fibre – Encourages regularity and stool bulk.
Antioxidants – Prevent oxidative damage to healthy tissues and improve blood quality.
A Superfood for Metabolically Challenged Horses
While they provide a host of essential and beneficial daily nutrients, flax seeds are also low GI, making them an ideal amino acid source for metabolically challenged horses. In fact, the humble flax seed is being studied for its ability to help improve the blood parameters of diabetic humans.
Raw, Wholeground Stabilised Flax vs Cooked or Soaked Flax:
Though full of goodness, the flax seed sports a tough outer seedcoat, which isn’t easily broken down by digestion. Cooking can help to soften the seedcoat, however, besides being laborious, it can also break down beneficial nutrients. Grinding fresh, raw flax seeds makes all of the internal goodness of the flax seed readily available. But is it safe?
For a while, raw flax seed was widely considered unsafe to feed to horses (or anybody!) due to the production of hydrogen cyanide as raw flax mixes with water (or saliva). The good news is, equine digestive acid halts the enzymatic reaction responsible for creating toxic cyanides. So, as long as you aren’t leaving flax to soak for extended periods of time prior to feeding, there is no safety risk.
Another concern when feeding raw flax is that the seeds begin to oxidise rapidly after milling, breaking down the valuable fatty acids. For this reason, grinding flax fresh right before you feed is the most common recommendation, and if you have the time and equipment, it makes for an economical way to feed your horse flax. To address the oxidation issue, we stabilise our freshly-milled flax, to ensure your horse is receiving all the healthy benefits of fresh ground flax, whilst saving you the work of having to grind fresh seed for every meal. So, if the daily grind is not for you, Lumiere may be your ideal solution.
Lumiere – A Flax-Focussed Daily Nutritional Blend
Lumiere is a convenient solution to providing your horse with all of the benefits of flax seeds, being comprised of 90% freshly cool-ground and stabilised flax seeds, blended with brewers yeast, ginger and cinnamon, to create a balanced and delicious blend that your horse will look forward to at every feed. If your horse could ask you to pick a feed supplement themselves, we are confident that this is the one they would choose. In fact, we have our own resident taste-testers who have collaborated with us on all of our blends, to ensure that we are delivering nutritional and performance results in the most enjoyable way possible.
Recommended Usage Rates:
Your horse’s requirement for ALA will vary depending on other dietary factors. As a general rule, we suggest anywhere from 20-60g of Lumiere per 100kg bodyweight. For a 500kg horse this equates to 100-300g of Lumiere daily, fed in a single daily feed or split between AM & PM feeds.
Lumiere is highly palatable, and mixes in well with a little chaff, sugar beet pulp or copra meal. It should be dampened down before feeding, at which point it will become somewhat milky and gelatinous (thanks to the brilliant, mucilaginous prebiotics, which are soothing to an irritated GI tract) – this makes it stick to chaff well, and can help to bind other powdered feed ingredients to your horse’s chaff.
|Horse’s Bodyweight||Usage Rate|
|300kg||60 – 180g daily|
|400kg||80 – 240g daily|
|500kg||100 – 300g daily|
|600kg||120 – 360g daily|