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Rosehips: Rich in Vitamin C

 NEW Fact Sheet written by Cindy Daigre February 2012:

Rosehips: Natural source of Vitamin C

What are Rosehips:

Rose hips are the berry-like fruits of the rose bush left behind after the bloom has died.  Although nearly all rose bushes produce rose hips, the tastiest come from the Rugusa Rose.  Rose hips have a tangy, fruity flavor similar to that of cranberries and can be used fresh or dried.  The fruits begin to form in spring and are best harvested after the first frost, which makes them turn bright red and slightly soft.

Benefits of Rosehips:

Rosehips are one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C, and with one to two percent by dry weight, rose hips have a higher Vitamin C content than citrus fruit! Rosehips also contain lycopene, (an antioxidant), Vitamin A, Essential Fatty Acids, and Biotin.  Bioflavonoids enhance vitamin C’s ability to strengthen blood vessels, and this encourages healthy hoof growth in horses. They are also beneficial for preventing illness or to restore the immune system after illness. Its natural antihistamine properties can also be useful for the allergy prone horse. 

Using Rosehips in Horses:

Rosehips are commonly used to make herbal teas, by boiling the dried or crushed rose hips for 10 minutes.  Use 2 tablespoons of berries per pint of water.  Always make sure to use rosehips that are clearly marked as being free from pesticides.  The tea can be poured over your horse’s meal once or twice daily.

As horses age, they are no longer able to manufacture vitamin C, so for senior horses, it is wise to supplement their vitamin C needs.  This can be done naturally with a daily dose of dried rosehips or tea in their meals!

*Rosehips are including in Ferrell Hollow Farm's Spring Herbal Blend which can be found at http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses. For more information on her equine business, including nutritional consultations and natural products, visit: www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

February 2012

 

Chia Seeds for Health

Chia Seeds are Loaded with Nutrients 

What are Chia Seeds           

  


Chia seeds are easy to digest, have very little taste but are one of Nature's most nutritious foods. They are both black and white in color, and the nutrition is the same in both colors of seeds. Chia has no odor, very little taste and doesn't go rancid. The seeds are high in protein, minerals, enzymes, fiber and calcium. Chia is a complete source of dietary protein, providing all of the essential amino acids.

Good for Digestive Health
A unique quality of the chia seed is its ability to absorb more than nine times its volume in water. It produces thick mucilage, absorbing up to 30 times its
weight in water. This soluble fiber cleans the intestines by binging and transporting debris from the intestinal walls so that it can be eliminated efficiently and regularly.  This makes it an ideal addition to the diet of horses with ulcers.

Essential Fatty Acids
Chia seeds contain high levels of both omega-3 and omega-6 oils, and naturally contain more than 60% Omega-3 fatty acid.  According to a study published in the journal "Nutrition Research," chia seed is the highest plant-based source of alpha-linolenic fatty acid.

Vitamins and Minerals
Chia offers a variety of minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium. One ounce of chia contains trace amounts of all B vitamins. Chia is an excellent source of fiber – one serving can provide 30% of the daily requirement.

Nutrients per 1 ounce serving:
Calories 137, Fat 9 g, Carbohydrate 12 g, Dietary Fiber 10 g, 0 Starch or Sugars. Total Omega-3 fatty acids 4,915 mg, Total Omega-6 fatty acids 1,620 mg, Calcium 177 mg, Phosphorus 265 mg, Potassium 45 mg, Sodium 5 mg,  Zinc 1 mg, Copper 0.1 mg.

Chia does not go rancid as other seeds and can be safely stored at room
temperature in a dry place for about two years.
Chia is a USDA food and there isn't a daily requirement for food, but 1 TBS/day is an appropriate serving for people and 1/3 cup per day for horses.

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses.

In addition, she provides Equine Nutritional Consultations, has developed a specialized line of Natural Horse & Body Care Products, Herbal Blends and Seed Mixes for Horses, and has written several articles for Natural Horse Magazine.

www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

Pumpkin Seeds for Health

Pumpkin Seeds: Good for you and your animals

by Cindy Daigre

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are flat, dark green seeds. Subtly sweet and nutty with a chewy texture, they are one of the most nutritious and flavorful seeds around.

Nutrient Value

Pumpkin seeds provide a wide range of nutrients. They are a very good source of phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, and also a good source of trace minerals zinc, iron and copper. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, Vitamins A, C and E, and amino acids Lysine, Methionine, Tryptophan.

One quarter-cup of pumpkin seeds provides 180 calories, 9 grams of Protein and 15 grams of Fat.  This serving size provides 46% of the daily value (DV) for magnesium, 52% of the DV for manganese, 24% of the DV for copper, 16% of the DV for protein, and 17% of the DV for zinc.

While higher in Omega 6 Fatty Acids, they do contain 2.5% of the daily value of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Natural Dewormer

The pumpkin belongs to the plant family Cucurbita, comprising of melons and squash like fruits. The seeds of many plants in this species are regarded as being very potent and effective teniafuges, which are de-worming agents that can easily paralyze and eliminate intestinal worms from the digestive system. The seeds of the pumpkin are excellent against intestinal parasites.

Pumpkins posses an unusual amino acid known as cucurbitin, which is the main reason for it’s anti-helminthic properties (capable of eliminating worms). This amino acid, cucurbitin is found concentrated only in the seeds of the Cucurbita species of plants.

The use of pumpkin seeds in herbal medicine is mainly as a natural and safe de-worming agent, as the seeds are able to rid the body of all intestinal parasites when used properly.  Pumpkin seeds offer a chemical free and natural removal of intestinal parasites with no known side effects.

Storage

Pumpkin seeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark space. While they may stay edible for several months, they seem to lose their peak freshness after about two months.

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses.

cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com          www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

 

Winter Feeding for Senior Horses

Here is Cindy's latest article published in the Jan-Mar 2011 issue of Natural Horse Magazine!  Enjoy 🙂

Download NHMV13I1daigreJan11

 

Seed Mix-Vital to your horses health!

Ferrell Hollow Farm Seed Mix  -  A Vital Part of your Horses Diet

Horses on grass restriction, diet paddock or desert climate may need to have additional vitamins and minerals added to round out their diet.  Vitamin E is lost thru the hay drying and baling process and many nutrients are lost or diminished when foods are cooked or processed. 

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, raw, organic seeds are designed to supplement what is often lacking in a horse’s diet, the natural way! 

The suggested daily feeding of ¼ cup will supply 15 grams of protein.

2 lbs, 3 oz is a one month supply for one horse.  Larger quantities are available upon request.

November Special: Thru November 30th, purchase one tub of Seed Mix at a Special Price of 10% off! Only $26.00 per tub!  Purchase two or more tubs at only $25.00 each!

Contact:

www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

Cindy@ferrellhollowfarm.com

Cindy Daigre     615-409-6071

Seed Mix bucket 

Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Seed Mix for Horses

Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Seed Mix for Vitamin and Mineral Needs!

There are many vitamin/mineral supplements and grass balancers on the market today.  Horses on grass restriction, whether it is due to dry lot, diet paddock or desert climate may need to have additional vitamins and minerals added to round out their diet.  Vitamin E is lost thru the hay drying and baling process.  Some horses detest the taste of added minerals to their feed.  Many nutrients are lost or diminished when foods are cooked or processed. 

Only raw, organic seeds are chosen to maximize the amounts of nutrients. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, they are designed to supplement what is often lacking in a horse’s diet, the natural way!  These seeds boast good amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and zinc, as well as Vitamins B and E.  They also contain adequate amounts of protein, fiber and amino acids.   Another added benefit is that the amino acid cucurbitin has been shown to be effective in eliminating worms.

Copper and Zinc are considered to be critical trace minerals to a horse’s health.  According to the National Research Council’s recommendations for equine nutrition, the optimum copper to zinc ratio is 1:4, meaning that the amount of zinc should be present in the horses diet four times more than the amount of copper.  Ferrell Hollow Farm can proudly say that the laboratory analysis on their Organic Raw Seed Mix has a copper to zinc ratio of 1:3.85.

The suggested daily feeding of ¼ cup will supply 15 grams of protein.  These seeds are high in Omega oil content which resists going rancid.  Equally as important as the health benefits, the horses love having seeds mixed into their meals!

Seed Mix  1 month supply  $29.00  Contact: www.ferrellhollowfarm.net 

 

Herbal Blend for Senior Horses

One of Ferrell Hollow Farm's organic, herbal blends is targeted for senior horses.  It contains herbs that support the overall well being of a senior horse's body including the digestive and circulatory systems.  It is a fresh aromatic blend of cut (not powdered) organic herbs that is very appealing.

See all of Ferrell Hollow Farm's natural products at http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Senior Blend

Summer Herbs for Horses

Ferrell Hollow Farm has chosen four wonderful herbs to blend together for its Summer Herbal Blend.  Not only is it very beneficial for the skin and digestive system, it is beautiful and aromatic!

 

Summer Blend photo 
 

Calendula is a beautiful golden orange flower that is widely used for all types of skin conditions.  It also contains anti-inflammatory, blood cleansing and antifungal properties.

Cleavers is often found growing in hedgerows and fields.  It is rich in silica and will help the coat and skin.  It is very useful for supporting the lymphatic system.  It will also help minimize fluid retention and soft swellings.

Eyebright is an astringent and anti-inflammatory herb.  It is excellent for any conditions of the eyes.

Peppermint has a wonderful aroma and is beneficial to the digestive system for use in ulcers, colic or gas.

Summer Herbal Blend can be purchased here:

http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

Whole Food Nutrition for Horses

There are many vitamin/mineral supplements and grass balancers on the market today.  Horses on grass restriction, whether it is due to dry lot, diet paddock or desert climate may need to have additional vitamins and minerals added to round out their diet.  Vitamin E is lost thru the hay drying and baling process.  Some horses detest the taste of added minerals to their feed.  Many nutrients are lost or diminished when foods are cooked or processed. 

I have chosen to complete my horse’s diets with whole food nutrition, and have developed a seed mix to do so.

Only raw, organic seeds are chosen to maximize the amounts of nutrients. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, they are designed to supplement what is often lacking in a horse’s diet, the natural way!  These seeds boast good amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and zinc, as well as Vitamins B and E.  They also contain adequate amounts of protein, fiber and amino acids.   Another added benefit is that the amino acid cucurbitin has been shown to be effective in eliminating worms.

Copper and Zinc are considered to be critical trace minerals to a horse’s health.  According to the National Research Council’s recommendations for equine nutrition, the optimum copper to zinc ratio is 1:4, meaning that the amount of zinc should be present in the horses diet four times more than the amount of copper.  Ferrell Hollow Farm can proudly say that the laboratory analysis on their Organic Raw Seed Mix has a copper to zinc ratio of 1:3.85.

The suggested daily feeding of ¼ cup will supply 15 grams of protein and 26 grams of fat.  These seeds are high in Omega oil content which resists going rancid.  Equally as important as the health benefits, the horses love having seeds mixed into their meals!

http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html