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Turmeric - the miracle root

MICHELLE DEBOER

Turmeric - the miracle root

Turmeric is rooty plant that’s part of the ginger family.  It’s native to southern Asia, where is thrives in temperate climates with lots of rain.  It can be used fresh, but mostly the roots are boiled and dried, then ground into a deep orange-yellow powder. It turns out that turmeric contains one primary active ingredient, called curcumin. Being a vegetable food turmeric is accepted well by most horses with no side effects. Horse owners have also found that there is evidence that turmeric acts similar to drugs like phenylbutazone (bute) without any side effects and can reduce skin and arthritic inflammation by reducing two...


Why you should look into a Magnesium supplement

MICHELLE DEBOER

Why you should look into a Magnesium supplement

Very few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in a horse’s body. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed to maintain health. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral, regulating over 325 enzymes in the body. It increases oxygen delivery to muscle tissue; it promotes muscle strength, endurance and relaxation. Magnesium also activates enzymes necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids which lead to protein synthesis. Magnesium is often the most neglected mineral in horse feeds. Magnesium deficiency has varying effects on the horse population.  Some horses do not...