horse garlic ratios
herbal garlic remedies
herbs for horses, pets & people
Garlic’s use dates back thousands of years as both a traditional medicine and seasoning. Some chemicals in it are thought to confer health benefits—notably allicin, which gives garlic its strong taste and smell, though not all scientists agree that it is the main beneficial ingredient. Garlic supplements vary widely in composition, depending on the age of the garlic and how it is processed.
Claims, purported benefits: Lowers cholesterol; fights cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and infections, including the common cold.
Evidence: Lab and animal
studies suggest that garlic has a range of benefits. It keeps blood platelets from
sticking together (reducing the risk of blood clots) and may have anti-cancer
and cholesterol-lowering effects. But what happens in people is less clear.
Most human studies have been small, short, and inconsistent. Some have found
that garlic reduces cholesterol by about 10%, but a well-designed Stanford
study in 2007 found that neither raw garlic nor supplements had an effect.
With that noted, in the last two weeks several people have called or emailed me about the "Garlic Scare". I wanted to point out several things regarding this. I am familiar with two of the studies people are talking about.
One used a very high dose of garlic, I believe 4 ounces per day; in the other they used onion (related to garlic). My garlic blends have only a portion of garlic, they also have rosehips, seaweed, and other herbs. If you fed my horses double the recommended dosage (still well below what is dangerous), you would still not be getting enough to hurt the horse. My herbal FOOD blends' suggested portion is 1/2 scoop or 1/2 oz two times daily. If a serious problem exists, use 1 scoop two times daily for ten days, then return to 1/2 scoop two times daily. At this amount the horses are still getting well below one ounce of garlic daily.
Most of my horse customers are fed like this and the owner even takes them off now and then for a week here and there. There has not been one known case of toxicity or anemia in over twenty years of use with this dosage.
The Nutraceutical Alliance wanted Herbs of the World to pay $25,000 to participate in the first study. I could not do that. They used straight garlic, which I don't agree with, it should be used in a blend for best results and for the safety and pleasure of the horse. Unless one uses raw, fresh garlic for a specific reason and for a short period of time, using garlic alone is not recommended. Garlic is good for horses, as is seaweed and many other herbs. Just don't go overboard.