Vitamin E is an integral part of your horse's health. Did you know that it is a biological antioxidant that helps to maintain normal neuromuscular function? Antioxidants like vitamin E protect cells from free radicals. Too much free radical damage can destroy cells often to the point of cell death. This will cause organs and tissues like the liver and muscles to not function properly. Ensuring your horse receives the proper amount of Vitamin E to protect and promote cellular health can be easily administered however, not just any type of Vitamin E will provide the proper results.
There are several forms of vitamin E, but only natural vitamin E such as Equine Omega Vitamin E contains a form known as d-alpha-tocopherol. Horses cannot synthesize vitamin E on their own and they must consume it in their forage. Natural vitamin E or D-alpha-tocopherol, has been scientifically proven to be the most bioavailable (absorbent). Equine Omega Vitamin E is a specifically formulated version of Equine Omega Complete containing 10,000IU’s of all natural vitamin E per daily dose.
Research recommends horses consume 1-2 IU of vitamin E per kilogram of body weight per day, which equals 1,000-2,000 IU per day for a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) horse. With this recommended amount it proves that horses on less than 12 hours per day of good-quality pasture should receive supplemental vitamin E.
Horses with a vitamin E deficiency can be at risk for several conditions, including equine motor neuron disease (EMND), vitamin E deficient myopathy (VEM), equine neuroaxonal dystrophy/equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (eNAD/EDM), as well as general muscle soreness and poor performance.
Equine Omega Vitamin E supplementation should be an essential part of equine management. With proper supplementing it is possible to avoid the negative effects of vitamin E deficiency. Horses on hay, or pasture only diets, those with muscle injuries or neurological concerns, and those in moderate to heavy work could benefit from a consistent, high-quality natural vitamin E supplement such as Equine Omega Vitamin E.