Chia Study #1
In November 2011, ProfitPro, LLC, Albert Lea, MN, began using Chia in several equine
applications and, to date, has found a variety of beneficial qualities for many issues
currently seen in the equine industry from years of feeding practices that are not always
advantageous to the horse.
It should be noted that there is a difference between therapeutic and maintenance
dosages. Also, depending on the issue and the individual, it may take several months to
see any changes or differences. The following, while strictly anecdotal, show remarkable results:
The test subject was a 13 year old mare that had foaled the previous year, but had needed
a daily dose of oral synthetic progesterone to maintain the pregnancy.
(If the progesterone level is low in early pregnancy, the uterus may be unable to
withstand estrogen effects. Contractions then dislodge the embryo and prevent
implementation, which results in fetal death/spontaneous abortion.)
The mare was started on HS-35 late May 2010. HS-35 is a supplement containing
vitamins and mineral, all 10 essential amino acids, selenium, biotin, prebiotics and
probiotics. (The supplement is designed to assist all of the horse’s biological systems
including reproduction by increasing uterine health. For optimum results, it is
recommended that mares be on the diet at least 90-100 days prior to breeding.)
Although in fairly good outward physical condition, the mare showed signs of nutrient
imbalances (lackluster coat, chipped hooves, cranky, touch sensitive, behavior problems,
etc.). Despite regular heat cycles and live cover as well as AI and extensive veterinary
tests and care, the mare was unable to conceive during June, July and August. A blood
test revealed low progesterone levels. The attending vet recommended oral progesterone
if she was able to conceive.
Her last breeding date was September 30. A follow up ultrasound at 21 days was unable
to distinguish the presence of a fetus.
In November, four ounces of Chia was added to the mare’s daily diet. However, in
January, it was noted that the mare appeared to be in a much more “rounded frame.” A
blood test at 120 days after the last breeding date showed a significant mean
concentration (pg/mL) of Total Estrogens, which indicated pregnancy! (A Total Estrogen
test is valid after 110 days of pregnancy and the level reflects the viability of the fetal-
placental unit.) At 120-130 days an average pg/mL is 469; this mare was at 1,000.
She was fed HS-35 and Chia (in place of oral doses of progesterone) throughout her
pregnancy. Case Opinion
It is of the opinion that had the mare not been on Chia, she would have been unable to
maintain her pregnancy without it since she had been unable to maintain pregnancies
prior to this trial without oral progesterone.
While this is strictly an anecdotal account, the use of Chia holds great promise for mares
unable to maintain pregnancies.
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