Kelp for Horses
Kelp (Seaweed) is composed of 60 elements, 16 amino acids and 12 vitamins. As well as the combination of these nutrients the content of Algin provides an anti oxidant effect, it attracts heavy metals and removes them from the body. The availability of Carotene, Tocopherol and Folic Acid is useful. It also induces a high level of cytokinin type activity. Cytokinins are involved in cell division and as such growth and replacement of cells.
It has been shown to improve thyroid stimulation and also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
It is a very economical way to provide for most of the nutrients a horse that is not in hard work or coping with the demands of breeding.
Kelp for Dogs
As with horses, the alginates will assist in preventing the absorption of toxic metals like mercury and cadmium. The full range of nutrients are beneficial for dogs, kelp has an advantage over other green feeds as it does not have cellulose encircling the cell wall, cellulose can be difficult for a dog to digest. Of particular advantage to dogs is the effect of not just coat colour enhancement, but very helpful for dogs with skin allergies and alopecia. It may take several weeks but improvement in skin dryness and itchiness have been recorded. As it helps to improve metabolism the energy level is increased and resistance to disease and assisting immune functions are other benefits.
It is important to make sure the kelp source is from the correct low iodine seaweed.