Nutritional Articles

Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) supplementation associated with reduced skin test lesional area in horses with Culicoides hypersensitivity

Published: 2002-12-31

Brief content of the article
In earlier newsletter we already paid some attention to the research executed by the Nutraceutical Alliance. This (pilot) study was executed to quantify the effect of flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) supplementation on the skin test response of atopic horses. Six horses that displayed a possitive skin test for allergy to extract from Culicoides sp. participated in a 42-day, placebo-controlled, double-blind, cross-over trial. Supplementation with flaxseed reduced the mean skin test response to Culicoides sp. in the experimental horses. More information about the results of this study can be found on: http://www.nutraceuticalalliance.com/researchinfo.htm
Keywords: Flaxseed; skin; culicoides; flies; fatty acids.

Reference
O´Neill, W., McKee, S. and Clarke, A.F. 2002. Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) supplementation associated with reduced skin test lesional area in horses with Culicoides hypersensitivity. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research 66: 272-277.

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