Silver Lining Herbs Pituitary Support: Product Review
As I’ve stated before, my oldest horse, Kady has been suffering from Cushing’s symptoms for the last few years now. I started her on chaste tree berry last year, but she still had a few concerning symptoms, especially during cold weather. I was curious to see if another herbal product would help. After doing some research, I opted to try Pituitary Support, made by Silver Lining Herbs. I’d heard of this company before and had even seen their products at a feed store in the area. The company agreed to let me try the product in exchange for a review on my blog.
The Pituitary Support herbal product comes in a 1 lb. package and contains a sixty-day supply for one horse. The active ingredients include:
- Pau D’Arco
The inactive ingredients include:
- golden seal
It’s recommended to be fed at one tablespoon per day (comes with scoop) in order to help support the natural function of the pituitary gland (which plays a part in Cushing’s disease).
This is the product description given on the Silver Lining Herbs website:
The pituitary is a small gland in the brain which tells the thyroid when to perform certain functions such as hair growth and shedding, sweating, milk production, etc. #28 Pituitary Support is designed to support the natural function of the pituitary gland, to ensure each of these processes works as it should. This product may be beneficial in:
- Supporting a normal endocrine and integumentary system
- Maintaining a healthy coat
The cost of the product is $66.50 which works out to be 0.55 cents per day.
My Thoughts about the Product
The Pituitary Support product had a pleasant smell and Kady readily ate it when I mixed it with her morning feed each day (that said, she’s never turned her nose up at any supplement!) She licked her bucket clean at each meal, so I know she was consuming the recommended amount.
I started Kady on the product in January and fed it as the sole pituitary support supplement for sixty days.
Some symptoms that Kady was experiencing before starting the supplement included:
- extreme hunger (often eating her ‘meals’ aggressively)
- very thick hair coat
- low energy at times
- weight loss and reduction of top line
Kady continued to have a hearty appetite while on the product, but I did notice an increase in her energy overall. On multiple occasions, she could be seen running and playing with my other three horses in the pasture. She also gained weight while on the product–but this could also be due to the fact that she was being fed Triple Crown Senior feed and beet pulp as well. (She’d lost weight last fall and was having trouble eating hay, so I’d opted to start her on the senior feed and beet pulp then.)
Now that spring has arrived, I’ve also noticed that Kady is beginning to shed some–about as much as my other three horses. This is a good sign.
The only thing I noticed that did cause some concern was a temporary increase in urination frequency during the extremely cold temperatures we experienced in February. This was a symptom she’d had during the last two winters as well. However, I have not noticed the frequent urination now that the weather is warmer.
Would I buy the product again?
Probably. I have put her back on the chaste berry for now though since I still had some left and I am currently trying to cut down on some of my supplement costs.
Kady seems to have more issues in the winter so I may try it again next winter. I might look into feeding this product and the chaste tree berry in conjunction, since it seems to help as well.
Out of curiosity, I asked the Silver Lining Herbs distribution manager why chaste tree berry wasn’t included in the Pituitary Support blend. Here’s what he said:
“When our combinations were created, Chaste Berry wasn’t getting as much attention as it is now, and so it wasn’t a part of the original design. Now years later, Chaste Berry has become popular, although, we feel as if our Pituitary Support is in a great balance and we are getting great results with it, as is, we have not changed the formulation.”
Silver Lining Herbs has some other equine herbal products that I wouldn’t mind trying as well.
If you have anything you’d like to add about your experience feeding this particular product or any of the other Silver Lining Herb products, feel free to share in the comments below.