January 6, 2022
Here at Redmond Equine, we often use the phrase “over 60 trace minerals” when describing our equine products and natural horse supplements. But how do we know how many minerals we really have in our products, and why does it matter? More specifically, why does it matter to your horse?
Let's look at where Redmond's minerals originate from, how we know how many minerals are in our supplements, and how they enhance your horse's performance and help prevent health problems.
Because minerals continuously leach from the Earth’s surface (due to wind, precipitation, and erosion), seas are a treasure trove of life-sustaining minerals. Here at Redmond, we feel blessed to have one of those—an ancient seabed, that is!
Redmond’s minerals are harvested from the crystallized remains of a Jurassic period sea that’s been protected by a volcanic bentonite clay cap. This rich mineral salt and clay deposit—located near our headquarters in central Utah—is geologically unique and serves as the foundation for all our soil and livestock products, including your horse's Daily Gold, Redmond Rock, and Crushed loose mineral supplements.
As an ancient sea deposit, Redmond’s minerals clearly contain a few different valuable salts. However, one glance at the natural color variations show there is so much more!
To learn more about which specific minerals are present in our deposit, we submitted samples to ISO-rated Advanced Labs in Salt Lake City, Utah. Let’s talk about what they found and how they measured results.
Mineral testing labs use various methods to find which elements are present in each sample submitted. Not only do they drill down on the chemical composition of these samples, but also their concentrations—or how much of a certain element is present.
Advanced Labs uses specialized instruments that excite the atoms of the sample with plasma. Once heated, the elements give off waves of electromagnetic radiation, with each element owning its own signature wavelength. The scientists then use instruments to identify each element by their wavelength and measure each atom’s mass to find out how much is present in the sample.
Pretty heavy stuff, right? Now let’s zero in on what elements they found in Redmond’s samples.
Advanced Lab’s measured the different minerals in Redmond’s sample down to parts per million. They found that Redmond’s mineral profile contains over 60 different minerals in varying quantities. Curious to know what exactly they are? Check out our mineral salt analysis and mineral clay analysis! Most of the minerals are present in very small amounts and are referred to as “trace minerals.” These trace minerals are contained within a carrier of delicious salts that horses and other animals love.
A reliable mineral analysis differentiates between a guaranteed analysis and a typical analysis. This allows the mineral report to accommodate for the concentration variations that naturally occur in mineral deposits. So what’s the difference between the terms “guaranteed” and “typical” on results?
Now let’s talk about how minerals are measured. Redmond requested a mineral concentration test down to parts per million (ppm) because these units are familiar and readily used in the equine industry. However, if a parts-per-billion (ppb) test was conducted (which would put Redmond’s sample under an even closer microscope), even more minerals would be discovered!
Some companies test their products down to ppb, which allows them to inflate the advertised number of minerals in their products. However, these minerals aren’t present in significant enough quantities to matter for soil and animal uses. In fact, it would take 1,000 parts per billion to equal 1 part per million.
Still confused about how much that is? We get it. So, let’s compare it to something we can wrap our heads around. According to the EPA:
“A way to visualize one part per billion (ppb) in water is to think of it as one drop in one billion drops of water or about one drop of water in a swimming pool. One part per million is about 1 cup of water in a swimming pool.”
Even though they are only needed in very small amounts, trace minerals provide a wide range of health benefits for all living things. The mineral profile naturally found in deep sea water, has been a point of interest for medical researchers for a long time, especially for Maynard Murray, MD.
He devoted the bulk of his career to studying why ocean life was devoid of the degenerative diseases that plague land animals, including humans. Dr. Murray discovered that the mineral profile of deep seawater was mirrored in the elements and concentrations found in healthy blood, specifically plasma. His book, Sea Energy Agriculture, explores how using deep sea minerals can eliminate trace mineral deficiencies. He said:
“The discovery of these facts led to researching the effects of sea minerals applied to soils and plants for healthier food. The results were astounding—plants grew faster and healthier, were more disease resistant and maintained higher nutritive value. Animals also preferred to graze on the treated pasture land.”
Medical researchers have also noticed that human health suffers when trace minerals are deficient or missing from our diets. The National Institute of Health has researched deep seawater and discovered some fascinating health benefits. Their tests have shown that deep seawater can be used to:
Did you know Redmond has people and culinary products featuring our expansive minerals? Try our Redmond Real Salt, seasoned salts, or Redmond Clay facial mud!
Now you know where Redmond's minerals come from, how we know the quantity in our products, and how minerals help humans and animals. Now what can our expansive array of 60+ trace minerals specifically do for your horse?
This Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences article states:
"When it comes to enjoyment and quality of life, a horse’s true fitness may mean more than just a pasture and some oats. While most horses get the majority of their nutrients from pasture and grain, many may not be receiving the mineral nutrition needed for optimum health."
Foremost, horses need salt, calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones, teeth, and lactation, the article states. Magnesium and potassium are vital for muscle and nervous tissue function and cellular health. And additional smaller (trace) amounts of minerals like cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are also necessary to maintain healthy, productive horses.
Today, many of these important horse minerals are absent or lacking in typical feeds and pastures because of depleted soils. Dr. Glennon Mays, clinical associate professor at Texas A&M noted:
“Well-balanced mineral supplements should be provided for your horse to ensure quality health. The horse is a grazing animal with a unique digestive system. It has a relatively small stomach and a large hindgut that holds fibrous matter which bacteria work to digest. Therefore, forage should be the first food of choice. However, forages do not provide sufficient amounts of minerals for horses, so supplements are necessary.”
Here at Redmond Minerals, we’re proud of our goal to nourish the world from the ground up with our thoroughly tested and expansive mineral profile of 60+ trace minerals! Our minerals support humans, healthy farming and livestock operations—and they’ll also help your horse live healthier and perform better. Click below to shop our natural Redmond Rock salt licks, digestive stress relief products, crushed loose minerals—and entire lineup of horse mineral supplements!
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