Friday, September 11, 2015

Vitamins Are Important for Athletic Horses - Full Article

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · July 17, 2015

Vitamins perform many critical functions in the horse’s body. Though they are needed in only small amounts, vitamins are important for many aspects of growth, tissue maintenance, and metabolic functions. Many vitamins regulate glucocorticoid synthesis, thus limiting some of the negative responses associated with stress, and are therefore necessary to athletic horses.

Vitamin A is required for development of epithelial cells. Vitamin A is also important in maintaining the integrity of mucous membranes, tissues that are put under considerable stress in exercising horses.

Vitamin E, fund in abundance in fresh grass, is an important antioxidant that protects against oxidative tissue damage induced by exercise. Though non-grazing horses can tolerate low dietary levels of vitamin E for at least four months, supplementation may help horses that are training and racing. Nano-E, a dietary supplement available from Kentucky Equine Research, delivers natural-source vitamin that is highly bioavailable to horses...

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