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Important For Muscle Health In Performance Horses

Selenium is an important antioxidant trace element. It plays vital roles in the correct functioning of the immune system and is a key component of a number of selenoproteins. Selenium and Vitamin E play particularly important roles in maintaining muscle health.

The antioxidant role of these two key micronutrients is especially important in hard working and competition horses and ponies. Oxidation is the process by which fats, carbohydrates and proteins are metabolized to produce energy. However, when this process is accelerated, as energy requirements increase during work, the oxidation process doesn’t differentiate between dietary fats and carbohydrates, and the body’s important structural and functional fats, carbohydrates and proteins, such as cell walls and enzymes, and can begin to break these down also. During the oxidation process, free radicals and other unstable compounds are produced, which further damage cell structures, especially important functional and structural proteins and lipids (fats) in muscle cells.

The role of antioxidants is to either stop the formation of the damaging free radicals, or to deal with them once formed, converting them to harmless substances in the body.

Vitamin E and Selenium play vital and complementary roles in the antioxidant processes throughout the body, helping to protect muscle and other body cells from oxidative damage.

It must be remembered that excessive selenium intake can rapidly become toxic, and the addition of a selenium and vitamin E supplement should be carefully considered, in conjunction with other selenium sources in the diet.

What are the benefits of Vitamin E & Selenium?

Vitamin E has antioxidant properties and Selenium is vital for the maintenance of normal muscle tissue and maintaining the stability of red blood cells and the vascular system. A combination of Vitamin E and Selenium is important for the muscular health of performance horses. 

Technological Additives:
Preservatives: Ammonium Propionate - E280 - 1000mg/kg

Nutritional Additives:
Vitamins & pro-vitamins: D-alpha Tocopherol Acetate - 40mg/kg ( Vitamin E)

Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, D-Glucose - 30,000mg/kg, Mineral Oil, Sodium Selenite

Pack size: 1kg (will last 64 days for an average 500kg horse)

Directions for use: 

For 500-650kg horse; 15g per day.
For 300-450kg pony; 12g per day.
Do not exceed 15g per day unless under professional advice.

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