How to Support Your Horse’s Liver Naturally During Spring

The liver may just be the unsung hero in our horse’s body.

Did you know that the liver is connected directly or indirectly to ALL bodily functions?

The liver is concerned with cleansing the blood, secreting bile into the stomach, sugar metabolism and of course it is a vital part of the digestive system.

It aids the digestive system in three main ways

  1. It produces and secretes bile continuously. This bile is essential for processing and absorbing fats and fat-soluble vitamins. In humans, bile is stored in our gall bladders, but horses do not have a gallbladder.
  2. It removes harmful toxins and waste products from the intestines. These harmful chemicals may enter the system in a multitude of ways such as mouldy hay, overuse of chemical drugs such as Bute or wormers.
  3. The liver absorbs and regulates the level of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. In addition to facilitating digestion of fats and other macronutrients, the liver is also the primary site for gluconeogenesis for example the formation of glucose from non-carbohydrate carbon and the storage of fat-soluble vitamins including vitamin A, D and E. It is a major storage site for glycogen, which is the primary storage unit of energy for the exercising horse. The liver also produces a wide range of hormones involved in blood pressure regulation, feed transit through the gastrointestinal system, immune function and red cell turnover.

As you can see, it is an essential bit of kit in your horse’s body.

Did you know the liver is the largest gland in the body, weighing around 5 kilos?!

It is vital that this organ is working efficiently to ensure the overall health of your horse.

It is important to note that vaccinations, chemical medications, chemical wormers, Bute, toxic plants, including pesticides sprayed on/around pastures all have an impact on the function of the liver.

The liver works very hard 24/7 to filter these toxins out of the body. When overloaded, it affects the whole of the horse.

What better time than spring to support your horse’s liver function?!

I know very little about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is something on my to do list, to learn more about. However, it’s a fascinating concept and I feel very drawn to including information about the importance of this when caring for our horse’s liver, especially at this time of year.

TCM emphasises the importance of balance within the body. It is too much of a complex subject to cover here, but I hope that what I touch upon resonates and maybe inspires you to look further at this healing modality.

Each season in traditional Chinese medicine is associated with the energy of an element. This is known as The Five Element Theory.

  • Spring – Wood
  • Summer – Fire
  • Late Summer – Earth
  • Autumn – Metal
  • Winter – Water

Every element is linked to a different organ/system within the body.

Liver in accordance with TCM is part of the wood element and therefore spring. It is responsible for the flow of emotions as well as Qi (energy) and blood.

Did you know that in TCM, the liver is also connected to the eyes, tendons and bones and internal organs via meridians?!

Spring is a time when the body starts to reawaken from the sluggish winter, a time where everything slowed down. The liver can be supported during the spring and its ‘reawakening’ phase by providing it with a “spring clean”.

Did you know that the liver is made from the only tissue that has any significant ability to regenerate itself?

Herbs to help support your horse’s liver function

Use herbs that have a hepatic action. These herbs are traditionally known to support and stimulate the liver.

At this time of year, the 3 herbs below help to provide that “spring clean” and support the liver as it wakes from the winter sluggishness.

Milk Thistle

  • Protects and tones the liver.
  • “Helps to speed up liver cell regeneration and lowers fat deposits in the liver. The active constituent, silymarin, is carried in the blood plasma, moves into the bile and is then held in the liver cells”. Hilary Self
  • Increases gastric enzyme production and secretion.
  • Its principle constituents are flavonolignans, collectively known as silymarin, that interact with liver cell membranes, blocking binding sites and hindering the uptake of toxins.
  • The herb’s antioxidant action will protect the liver from a wide variety of poisons by strengthening cell walls to prevent blood toxins from passing into the cell; stimulating the enzymes that make the toxins less harmful to the body; and blocking damaging free radicals from attacking cells.

Beetroot

  • Beets are an alkalizing food.
  • They aid the liver in detoxification by neutralizing toxins in the blood.
  • Fewer toxins in the blood equates to less work for the liver.
  • Rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, folic acid, and methionine to promote overall health.
  • They are a rich source of vitamins: vitamin A, B6, B12, and C.
  • They also contain important amounts of potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, folic acid and betaine.

Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinalis)

Dandelion is so much more than a weed! There is a reason it is also known as horse lettuce – horses often LOVE it!!

 

  • Liver tonic and cleanser, improving metabolism.
  • Amazing herb used to support any kidney or liver issue.
  • It supports the liver to flush out toxins and supports the liver to digest food.
  • Increase bile and encourage movement in the digestive tract.
  • Potent source of vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K.
  • Rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium.

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