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Re: [RC] Magnesium question - was flax seed and thyroid - heidi larson

Dr. Kellon, what do you think about adding cinnamon for
insulin resistance?  I've read it's also a good source of
magnesium.  For Ridecampers, I'm additing some links to





--- Eleanor Kellon <drkellon@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

not the right Heidi, but I've read something that Dr.
Kellon wrote a long time ago, something about Magnesium
deficiency in Cushings type horses/ponies and how it
help.  Maybe she will read this and confirm and expound.

Magnesium is an old folk remedy for laminitis in the UK.
Never made much
sense to me but about 10 years ago I did a field trial of
supplementation in chronically laminitic and
cresty/overweight horses and
ponies. In the process of researching what effects of
magnesium might be
responsible for this, I ran across both the older studies
on ponies being
insulin resistant, and human work showing a link between
deficiency and insulin resistance or diabetes. Eureka

I don't want to go too far off topic for this group but
if anyone has a
strong interest in this topic you might want to join:


even if it's just to read the information in the files.

Getting back to endurance, someone said a while back they
thought magnesium
was the ignored electrolyte. To a large extent, that's
true. In his
excellent article on feeding endurance horses, Dr.
Spangfors recommended a
2:1 ratio of calcium:magnesium in the diet a long time


Some nutritionists in this country (like Bill
Vandergrift) agreed, and I
certainly do too, but the NRC feeding requirements always
set a much lower
target magnesium - unitl now. In the 2007 edition,
they're finally down to a
2:1 ratio for exercising horses.


Eleanor M. Kellon, V.M.D.
Equine Nutritional Solutions
58 Maple Farm Road
Ephrata, PA 17522

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[RC] Magnesium question - was flax seed and thyroid, Eleanor Kellon