the Equine Cold & Flu Season - Mushrooms to the Rescue
Cough, sneeze, sniffle!
Cold and flu season is in full swing and humans
aren't the only ones at risk. Horses too can fall victim to the
wintertime runny-nose blues.
While humans can try to avoid contact with other ill
people, cover their achoo-ing and attempt to wash their hands with
the same germaphobic zeal as Howie Mandel; the fact is, horses
simply can't keep up.
Two critical conditions exist that make horses (and
First, it's cold.
Now remember, it's not literally the cold that
causes a cold or the flu. It's the body's reaction to those
decreased temperatures. Horses who are kept outside or in cold
stalls during the chilly season exert more energy to maintain a core
body temperature (through for example, shivering). As a result,
calories are diverted to temperature upkeep rather than immune
Also, as we recall from kindergarten, colds and the
flu are extremely easy to spread. If your horse is kept warm and
snugly indoors but is in close proximity to other sickly horses,
especially with recycled ventilation, there is an increased
likelihood of catching something.
Second, it's darker.
While it would be fantastic to jet off to the
tropics with your equine companion during the winter season to soak
up some extra rays, the face of Mr. Sunshine won't be back for
another couple months. This means a decreased production of the
“sunshine” vitamin D, a top contributor to a healthy immune system.
Not only is the sun more absent during winter
months, but horses are also kept sheltered or covered by blankets
and sheets. Combined with their darker skin tones (which naturally
produce less vitamin D), these factors can result in vitamin D
deficiency and lead to a greater susceptibility to infection from
viruses and bacteria.
So, what's a horse owner to do?
Before dishing out hundreds of dollars in vet fees,
Dr. Marvin Hausman, medical scientist and clinician, advocates an
all-natural, preventative solution: mushrooms.
While mushrooms have been used in natural medicine for thousands of
years, Dr. Hausman has taken speculation to some of the most
prestigious research facilities in the world - Penn State and
University of Texas to name a few - and has validated the powerful
health benefits of mushrooms for both animals and people.
Here's what he found: mushrooms contain some of the
most powerful anti-oxidative and probiotic properties known in any
food product. They have strong anti-viral properties, excellent
anti-inflammatory active ingredients and other natural healing
So remember, mushrooms are not just delicious
sauteed, they are healthy for horses too!
This tip was brought to you by Dr. Marvin Hausman (www.totalnutraceuticalsolutions.com)
and KAM Animal Services, home of KAM’s “Equine Learning Circle” FREE
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