Study Suggests Sea Buckthorn Berries May Prevent Ulcers in Horses

A recent study conducted by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine indicates that adding sea buckthorn berries to the diet of horses may reduce the incidence of glandular gastric ulcers. Check out our article on sea buckthorn and human ulcers here.

“Sea buckthorn berries and pulp are high in lipiphilic and hydrophilic bioactive compounds such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, plant sterols, ligans, and minerals,” explained Frank Andrews (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA) and colleagues in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

The berries “might act to attenuate oxidative stress that may initiate and aggravate glandular gastric ulcers in horses, which has been shown in the cardiovascular system of rats,” they add.

Although no significant difference in the number or severity of nonglandular gastric ulcers was noted, glandular gastric ulcer numbers and severity fell significantly lower after the sea buckthorn treatment period. It is suggested that horses may need to receive sea buckthorn for longer periods of time to see an effect on nonglandular ulcers. In either case, no differences were seen in the gastric juice PH levels or any horses during the study.

Read more from the official study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22845737

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