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Our horses are outside all winter and are therefore fed there. Inevitably, they will ingest some sand every now and then. Why that can be dangerous and it is wise to To give horses Psyllium every now and then, you can read our article about sand colic . Looking for Psyllium for our horses we discovered that both the prices, types when the qualities vary considerably. During our search we also came across a lot of interesting information about Psyllium. This whole thing eventually led to this article about Psyllium, and purchase of a batch of high-quality Psyllium, which we can nevertheless offer in our webshop for a very competitive price.
By "Psyllium" is generally meant the (ground or not) shells of the seeds of the "Psyllium plant". This plant, which has a different name in every country, grows alone good in dry climates and is therefore not found in the Netherlands, but is mainly grown in countries such as India and Pakistan. The seed husks of this plant have the interesting property of being poor digestion and ability to bind a lot of water. As a result, they travel as a sticky mass throughout the intestinal tract. Interestingly, the seeds are both beneficial against clogging as against loose stools. However, most people give it to the horse because it helps to get rid of sand accumulated in the intestines.
Contrary to popular belief, the sand-drifting ability does not originate from the sticky nature of psyllium, but from its water-binding capacity. Because of the greater liquid content of the intestinal contents, the bowel movements increase and the flow is also increased. The sand is, as it were, carried away by the current. Looking for the best kind We therefore tested psyllium for each species how much water could be bound. Not surprisingly, the results varied quite a bit.
According to our test result, which was confirmed by a Horse-Journal study (" Powder Fights Best Against Sand Colic "), the performance of finely ground Psyllium Husk is better than that of the whole seeds and/or peels. The finer the ground, the better it works. Unfortunately, all common Psyllium is of the coarser kind. But we wanted finely ground Psyllium and managed to get it; The Psyllium that we sell in our webshop is the finest ground and therefore the most powerful Psyllium available.
Many beneficial properties are attributed to Psyllium. However, real scientific evidence has not yet been provided for many applications. We therefore place something with some claims caveats.
A tricky side effect is that Psyllium only works for a short period of time: Initially, Psyllium is hardly digested (there are few micro-organisms in the intestines that can processing) but after using Psyllium for about a week, the intestinal flora has adapted and the substance is digested well ... but once digested it has its special beneficial properties lost. After about three to four weeks of abstinence the situation in the intestines has normalized and the Psyllium can be used again. Psyllium is therefore only suitable for short-term courses.
- Sand drifting ability
- According to many users and veterinarians, Psyllium helps to remove sand from the intestines. This claim seems to us justified given the properties of Psyllium. A beneficial effect has also been shown in a study.
- Glucose-regulating ability
- In a number of studies, Psyllium has been found to reduce insulin spikes in horses suffering from insulin resistance . However, this concerned horses that received concentrates in addition to roughage. We now know that insulin resistance is in most cases the result of nutritional (*naturalfood) , such as feeding concentrates. Insulin resistance is caused by the rapid release of glucose from the starchy but low fiber grain products. It is only natural that in such diet regimen any slowing fiber is welcome. We wonder, however, whether these beneficial effects also occur in horses that have already been put on a low-carbohydrate but fiber-rich diet, which are thus fully fed using roughage without supplementation of grain products. An additional drawback is that Psyllium only works well if it is given in short courses, while insulin resistance is a chronic problem and short-term improvements are of little use.
- The fact that after a week the effect of Psyllium decreases sharply because it is then broken down better by the intestinal flora is already proof that Psyllium is a probiotic. But the microorganisms those responsible for this also decrease rapidly after the drug is discontinued. And the question is whether these Psylium-degrading organisms also have a useful function.
- Waste disposal
- It is not the first means to which these types of properties are incorrectly attributed. Granted, sand is a gut waste product, and psyllium is a great help in this remove. But we are not aware of any other waste products that persistently settle in the intestines.
- Manure-regulating capacity
- This claim is definitely true. Diarrhea is reduced because the Psyllium binds excess moisture. Stools that are too hard become softer because the Psyllium prevents too much fluid is extracted from the intestinal contents. Basically, Psyllium acts as a stabilizing factor. Again, however, it is a pity that Psyllium loses its effect when it becomes long-lasting given. However, it works fine against short-term diarrhea attacks.
All in all, the sand-drifting ability of Psyllium remains the main reason for giving Psyllium to your horses periodically.
Psyllium Husk Pure Ultra Fine
Our Psyllium is different from the conventional Psyllium: it is ground much finer, so that the active ingredients from the indigestible peels cover a much larger workable surface. This is noticeable when you add the same amount of water to two equal volumes of Psyllium Husk and Psyllium Husk Pure Ultra Fine: One becomes a soft paste while the Ultra Fine Husk becomes a sticky ball that can still absorb double the amount of water.
Our Psyllium is less "fluffy" than the conventional Psyllium because it is so finely ground. In other words, at the same volume of Psyllium, our Psyllium is heavier. You go for both species take the same mass, our Psyllium occupies a much smaller volume, but because it can bind much more water, you will eventually arrive at a comparable amount "sludge". Can you still follow it? However, according to a study by the Horse Journal (" Powder Fights Best Against Sand Colic "), finely ground Psyllium Husk works better than the less finely ground varieties.
As is often the case, comparing prices becomes somewhat complicated: Not only is there a difference in effectiveness and density, but many suppliers also have their own ideas regarding the dosage. A supplier who recommends a low dose seems cheaper because the product lasts longer. Other suppliers recommend a higher dose (or a "permanent maintenance dose" which is pointless) because then they can sell more of the product. However, there is no fixed, well-founded guideline on dosage. Our own idea is that it is better to have a to give a short-term course of a strong active agent than a longer course of a low-dose and/or less effective agent. After all, the intestines easily contain 100 liter of capacity, and a tablespoon of some less effective stuff will not easily be able to achieve a great effect.
Usage and dosage