Wellness Wednesday - Kiwi Fruit for Horses and Riders

Wellness Wednesday is brought to you this week by BioStar EQ. Despite their diminutive size, Kiwi fruits are nutritional powerhouses; providing more vitamin C than an orange, as much potassium as a banana, plus vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Flavonoids, Folic Acid, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Magnesium , Zinc, and Fiber. Kiwi seeds are rich in ALA (alpha-Linolenic Acid) an omega 3 fatty acid found in plants like flax, chia, canola, and soy. Prebiotic Benefits: A study in New Zealand, published in the Journal of Functional Foods (June 2010) demonstrated that a specific pectin in Kiwi fruits called MonoK Pectin was superior to other prebiotics like inulin for boosting the adhesion of the beneficial micro flora Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and reducing adhesion of the undesirable bacterium Salmonella typhimurium.

Digestive Enzymes:
Kiwi fruit provides Actinidin, a unique protein only found in Kiwis that helps digest proteins. A New Zealand government-funded study by the Riddet Institute (August, 2010) showed that Actinidin enhanced the digestion of a variety of food proteins (including legumes, cereal grains, milk, and meat) more completely than digestive enzymes alone.

Offer a whole Kiwi fruit to a horse, and he will probably turn his nose up at it; offer some sliced Kiwi fruit by hand or in his feed and most horses gobble Kiwi up. As long as you wash the skin thoroughly, you do not have to peel it. The skin is an important source of fiber.

Kiwis are an excellent after exercise fruit because of their antioxidants and mineral content, which help to replenish the body. Remember physical exertion creates more oxidants, so eating foods like Kiwis provide the anti oxidants necessary for homostasis.