Recent studies have shown that unless a horse is fed entirely fresh green grass, it’s likely that they may have a Vitamin E deficiency. While Alfalfa and quality grass hays are good sources, but between 30% and 80% of the Vitamin E content is lost between cutting, baling and storage.
Vitamin E plays a major role as antioxidant defense in the horse’s cells. It helps in normal muscle function, prevents muscular disease, and protects critical enzymes. It acts as a powerful antioxidant to protect the horse’s cell membranes. Adequate Vitamin E improved hooves, hair and skin and helps with healing. This is especially useful in horses with PPID, Equine Cushing’s Disease as it helps the horses immune systems.
Lack of Vitamin E
Horses that don’t get enough Vitamin E can suffer from fatigue, damage of muscle and nervous systems. They can have skin issues and overall poor performance. This, in turn can lead to a decrease in the horse’s immune system, diminished muscle and even lameness.
This is especially true for horses that get a lot of exercise and or travel, due to the fact that exercise can induce oxidative stress and further lower the horse’s Vitamin E levels. Horses that are traveling and competing may also need additional Vitamin E support for their immune function and overall performance. If the Vitamin E levels are inadequate the risk of muscle damage from exercise is increased.
All Natural Vitamin E
Our source of Vitamin E is D-Alpha Tocopherol. Recent studies have shown this form of Vitamin E was successful at maintaining needed blood levels of Vitamin E in the horse. All-natural Vitamin E is up to 6 times for bio available for the horse as well as being able to penetrate the critical blood/brain barrier.
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Source: Press Release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media For O3 Animal Health
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