Green tea for horses
As I sit here sipping away on my hot green tea I know that my body is being nourished in many ways. Not only does it taste amazing (with the hint of a little almond milk), I can't get my head around how beneficial this drink is for the human body. I have never been much of a coffee drinker because I am prone to getting migraines from the caffeine and mycotoxins in everyday coffee, so I had to find a substitute. Green tea still contains some levels of caffeine however it is not as strong as coffee and does not give you the coffee jitters feeling. The most common health benefits of green tea is it is full of antioxidants, great for brain function and also fat loss.
Antioxidants in green tea have a component called polyphenols, these are amazing for maintaining the bodies cells from any possible damage. Brain function is also affected by drinking green tea, if you are ever feeling like your focus is slipping and you can't get the motivation for a task then go drink a cup of green tea! Studies have also shown that green tea is great for boosting your metabolic rate to help burn fat. When researching about further benefits on green tea I couldn't believe the amount of anti-this, anti-that words that I came across. A to mention a couple green tea is an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, anti-diabetic and anti-obesity. WOW, so green tea is officially the best!
Did you know that it is also great for horses?
Well I am here to tell you that when you next make a cup of tea, your horse needs one too!
The Kentucky Equine Research team have found that green tea is very beneficial for horses. Green tea contains components called catechins, caffeine and L-theanine (amino acid). L-theanine is an essential amino acid that helps build proteins, this element helps with the repair of muscle after a hard riding session. L-theanine has been found to be a calming agent in green tea that can help with any stress or anxiety problems in horses. It is important to note that due to horse products containing green tea or green tea extracts (GTE) there is a trace of caffeine. Therefore, competition horses need to be mindful of this and check with regulations to see if it is approved to use while competing.
Other great benefits from green tea for horses include:
- Immune support
- Reduce nervousness
- Reduce anxiety
- Help with focus and mentality at events
- Lower cholesterol
- Help with obese horses
It is really simple to give to the horses. You can simply brew up a batch of the tea and pour it over their feeds. Due to being a herbal practice it is important to make sure that if the horse is on any medications that the green tea will not affect the horse negatively. I believe that if you have a horse that can be up tight, nervous and won't settle into their exercise, green tea may be worth trying. You may need to buy extra in next weeks shopping trip!
Kentucky Equine Research Staff, Green Tea for Your Horse?, September 2015, Cited 11/09/17, Website: http://kera.equinews.com//article/green-tea-your-horse
10 Proven Benefits of Green tea, 2017, Website:http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea#section1