Chia Seed Omega vs Flax


Penny Duthie
 


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Penny Duthie
Grant, Florida
Joined January 2020


Penny Duthie
 

Thoughts on chia seeds for an alternative to flax?
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Penny Duthie
Grant, Florida
Joined January 2020


Nancy C
 

Hi Penny --

I changed the topic to Chia seeds.

They are similar to flax.  Some analysis show flax as moderately better. Chia is more expensive. Some folks believe that Chia does not need to be ground, which is not true.

https://ecir.groups.io/g/main/message/237270

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Nancy C in NH
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ECIR Group Inc. President/Treasurer  2020-2021

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Penny Duthie
 

Yes I saw thank you 😊 
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Penny Duthie
Grant, Florida
Joined January 2020


rhohil
 

Hi.
Chia seeds can be used as an alternative to flax as a good second choice.
The ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 in chia is about 3:1, while flax is about 4:1.
Chia has a higher percentage of Omega 3 at about 63% as compared to flax at about 58% in the same sized serving.
Maintenance amount to feed is 1/2 cup per 1100 pound horse. You can feed more if you are front loading or addressing a medical issue but 2 cups is the recommended maximum.
You can use it dry as a top dressing or you can soak it and serve or mix in with other feed.

As with all other new things, introduce slowly and increase amount to full dose over a week or two.

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Rhonda in Sask 2021


Nancy C
 

Hi Rhonda

Chia vs flax gets discussed here all the time.  While some folks use it instead of flax, and some sources say it is better, it does not have higher Omega 3s. This is a good thread with sources to back up why and what ECIR recommends.

https://ecir.groups.io/g/main/topic/32210091#237290

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Nancy C in NH
ECIR Moderator 2003
ECIR Group Inc. President/Treasurer  2020-2021

2021 NO Laminitis! Conference Video Recordings available to new subscribers until 12.31.21
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