June 10, 2014

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Welcome to Coconut Heaven!

Coconut oil and coconut products are helping thousands of people all over the world to be healthier, happier and live longer.   Known as "Mother Nature’s elixir", coconut oil can be used to boost brain function, prevent disease, strengthen the immune system, to beautify skin and hair, increase energy and youthfullness, and to shed unwanted weight healthfully.

 

Coconut My Body is committed to sourcing the BEST coconut products for you and your family.  We care about the quality of the products and the trees from which they come.  Sustainability, fair-trade and supporting the coconut growing communities is so important to us.  The coconut groves, farms and plantations from which our products come provide income and livelihood to many beautiful people and families.  The difference we can make to our own health, but also to the health of these people is huge. May we all make a better world to live in together. x

 

 


Horses LOVE coconut oil too!

COCONUT OIL IN YOUR HORSE FEED? YOU BET!

Studies have shown that among many benefits, saturated fatty acids give the following effects in horses:

  • Increased muscle gylcogen content,

  • Increased sparing of muscle glycogen during light work

  • Increased utilisation of muscle gylcogen during heavy work.

  • Encourages strong bones and joints for mobility and stability. Improved hoof growth and integrity as well as aiding formation of the hoof wall.

  • Coconut oil promotes soft and healthy skin, coat, mane and tail. Bringing their natural colours to life

  • Coconut oil improves digestive functions and nutrient absorption, while maintaining insulin sensitivity and gut function.

Unsaturated oils such as rice  bran, corn, soybean, flax do not give these effects.

 

Saturated oils are derived from animal fats, or coconut oil. Animal fats are unacceptable in horse feeds.

Coconut oil is a beautiful, palatable source of saturated fatty acids that horses love.

The key benefits of coconut  oil include:

  • It is stable and resistant to rancidity. Because of its saturated structure, coconut  oil can be stored for long periods of time without risk of rancidity. Rancid  oils reduce the palatability of a feed, interfere with the utilization of fat  soluble vitamins and may cause damage to muscle and organ tissue if consumed.
  • Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) that are easier to digest, absorb  and utilize in comparison to the long-chain fatty acids found in other oils  such as maize, soy, canola and rice-bran oil. MCT absorbed directly into the  portal blood and transported to the liver. By comparison, long chain fatty  acids are absorbed into the lymphatics and slowly transported to the liver.  Further, MCT appear to behave more like glucose than other oils, meaning  coconut oil provides a ready source of energy for use during exercise.
  • Some  of the MCT (lauric, capric and caproic acids) in coconut oil possess  antibacterial and antiviral properties. These fatty acids may assist the  horse's immune system in fighting off viral and bacterial challenges, leading  to improved overall gut health and wellbeing. MCT have been shown to control  Salmonella in chickens, and it is suggested that MCT may be of benefit in  horses with Dysbiosis.
  • Coconut  oil may have performance benefits. A study by Pagan et al (1993) found that horses  supplemented with coconut oil versus soybean oil had lower blood lactate and  ammonia and higher free fatty acids than a control group of horses who were not  supplemented with fat during the gallop and the warm down phase of a standardized  exercise test. These effects may have a positive influence on performance. In  addition, a study by Matsumoto (1995) found that mice supplemented with medium  chain fatty acids took longer to reach a state of exhaustion whilst swimming  than unsupplemented mice.

Oils and Fat in Horse Feed

Although horse diets have  always contained small amounts of oil, a plethora of research and anecdotal  evidence suggests that they are adept at utilising higher percentages of oil in  their diets. Horses adapted to higher-oil diets can digest and transport this  extra dietary oil, as evidenced by increased bile production and elevated  levels of lipoproteins in blood serum (lipoproteins are the proteins in blood  that carry oil molecules). Unlike other animals, in the horse, bile is secrete  fairly continuously from the liver and passes via a bile duct directly into the  duodenum (bile is a salt solution which helps in the digestion and absorption  of oils). Horses can then metabolise oils as an energy source through a process  called ‘fatty acid oxidation'. Hence, horses can efficiently digest, metabolise  and utilise quite high levels of oils.

1. Energy  density of oil

Oil is very energy dense, and  yield about 2¼ times more energy than starch or protein. This may be useful for  a number of reasons including reduction in gut fill and reduction in feed  intake required to sustain maintenance and exercise.

2. Benefits  for horses in hot climates

The total amount of heat waste  produced per unit of energy is different for different feeds, with oils  producing significantly less heat waste than fermentable carbohydrates,  roughages and proteins. Oil-supplemented horses in hot conditions have been  reported to have lower mean body temperatures than those consuming high  roughage and high grain diets. Further, oil metabolism yields almost twice the water of protein and carbohydrate metabolism. This may benefit horses that sweat profusely. The combined effects of oil  feeding are to reduce thermal load and increase water production in horses  working in hot environments.

3. Oil as a ‘non-fizzy' feed

When starch (typically in the  form of grain), is fed to horses in large quantities, there is a risk of starch overload into the hindgut. This can culminate in "fizzy" behaviour,  which can result in stressful and dangerous situations for both horse and  rider. The risk of starch overload can be minimised by replacing some grain in  the feed with oil, to provide energy. Oil provides a source of ‘cool' energy,  which is not associated with ‘fizzy' behaviour.

4. Glycogen

Once adapted to higher levels  of dietary oil, horses can utilise oil for energy during submaximal/aerobic  exercise. This is achieved via fatty acid oxidation and has the effect of sparing  muscle glycogen stores.Subsequently, horses appear able to utilise the greater  muscle glycogen stores during high intensity/anaerobic activity. This  phenomenon has implications such as delaying time to onset of fatigue and  increasing capacity for high intensity exercise.

The benefits of supplemental  oil for horses, extend beyond its use merely as a grain alternative.  Oil-supplementation can help prevent fizzy behaviour and various types of tying-up, and  reduce the thermal load on horses in hot climates. Oil feeding can even provide  energy for submaximal work and may increase capacity for high intensity  exercise.

Majority of oils end up in the liver via lymphatics whereas in comparison  coconut oil is absorbed directly into the portal blood and transported directly  to the liver where it is readily available.

 So if you haven't already added coconut oil or products to your horses feed, you can now confidently do so knowing that it is safe, beneficial and delicious!

AND, while you can buy specific 'Pets' coconut oil, you don't have to.... you can simply give the same beautiful oil that you buy for yourself to your pets! They benefit from the best just as we do.  I find that many people move to buying the larger buckets so that they can give it not only to the whole human family, but whole animal family too!

Our 5L bucket is a great one to keep with your animal feed:

 

 http://www.coconutmybody.com.au/collections/organic-virgin-coconut-oil/products/coconutmybody-organic-extra-virgin-coconut-oil-3-litre

 

information sourced though stanceequine.com

 


Dr Natalie Bird
Dr Natalie Bird

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Author-Speaker-Chiropractor-Health Coach MCAA MASRF MICPA



3 Comments

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eset nod32 ключи форум

March 12, 2015

Excellent site! Thank U!,

Dr Nat
Dr Nat

June 11, 2014

Approximate DOSAGE:

SPORT HORSES: 50ml to 100mls per day
PONY CLUB/SHOWING: 30mls to 50mls per day
AGED/GERIATRIC: 15mls to 30mls per day

15mls is one Tablespoon and conversion to grams is 1:1 ratio.

Introduce to the diet gradually over a week then commence full dose. Mix with feed or serve as is.
Dosage is based on an average horse weight of 500kg; decrease or increase accordingly

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June 11, 2014

How much do you feed?

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