Vitamin E is essential for equine immune function, cardiovascular health, muscle function, exercise recovery and neurological health. Vitamin E is best known for its role as an antioxidant in horses, protecting all cells and tissues from oxidative damage. Our Natural Vitamin E supplement provides this nutrient in a form that is most efficiently absorbed and utilized in tissues.
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Mad Barnâ€™s bulk Natural Vitamin E powder can be added to your horseâ€™s diet to ensure they are meeting the Vitamin E requirement and have optimal antioxidant protection.Our pure Natural Vitamin E (D-alpha-tocopherol) powder provides 405,000 IU/kg. At a typical serving size of 2.5 grams daily (1000 IU), 1 kg of our Vitamin E would last approximately 400 days.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that binds free radicals which are unstable molecules that can damage DNA, cell membranes and other structures within cells. Vitamin E supports the health and function of cells by neutralizing free radicals before they can cause damage.
Oxidative damage in horses due to low vitamin E status may present itself as muscle soreness or slow recovery from exercise and illness.
Vitamin E must be included in the horseâ€™s diet because it can not be made by the horseâ€™s body. A mature, 500kg horse needs about 500 IU of vitamin E per day. This requirement is higher in older horses and horses that are sick to support their increased needs for antioxidant defenses. Vitamin E requirements are also higher for equine athletes engaging in high-intensity exercise.
Pasture grazing is typically a good source of Vitamin E for horses because it is abundant in fresh grasses and legumes. As soon as the plant is cut, vitamin E begins to degrade.
Hay in storage will continue to lose vitamin E, making hay generally deficient in this nutrient. Equine diets that are largely hay-based will likely require supplemental vitamin E.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that includes eight different compounds. This supplement is composed of pure D-alpha-tocopherol, also known as natural vitamin E, which has much higher bioavailability compared to other sources.
Vitamin E and selenium are both potent antioxidants that work through similar mechanisms to protect horses from free radical damage. Mad Barnâ€™s Omneity and AminoTrace+ are formulated to meet your horseâ€™s vitamin E and selenium requirements to optimize antioxidant protection.
You should always consult a qualified nutritionist before altering your feed program. Submit your horse’s diet for analysis online and one of our equine nutritionists will be happy to provide a complementary review.
Vitamin E is the shared name for eight different fat-soluble, naturally-occurring compounds: a, b, g, and d-tocopherol and a, b, g, and d-tocotrienol. These compounds all have vitamin E activity and are comprised of a chromanol ring with differing phytyl side chains. The compound most commonly referred to as vitamin E is a-tocopherol and is widely considered to be the most biologically active form of all the vitamin E constituents.
The most natural form of alpha-tocopherol is d-alpha-tocopherol, and is only synthesized in plants so it must be obtained through the diet. Fresh, grass pasture contains the highest concentrations of d-alpha-tocopherol, however, a large number of horses do not have year-round access to grass pasture and their diets consist mostly of hay, so alpha-tocopherol is often added to most commercial feed formulations or top-dressed as a supplement.
Vitamin E functions as a powerful antioxidant, meaning it protects the body tissue from damage caused by free radicals.Â Free radicals are produced during normal cellular metabolism and can harm cells, tissues, and organs if not kept in balance with proper antioxidant levels.
Other functions of Vitamin E:
- Immune function – important for defense against viruses and bacteria
- Formation of red blood cells
- Helps widen blood vessels and keep blood from clotting inside them
- Used in cellular communication, used to carry out many important functions.
Research confirms that the different forms of vitamin E available to be supplemented can have a significant impact on vitamin E levels in the blood. The most bioavailable forms of vitamin E should only be used in order to properly formulate balanced equine diets, to treat vitamin E deficiency and its associated conditions and aid in exercise recovery.
Customer Questions About This Product
No, our vitamin E is in the natural, d-alpha tocopherol form. It's concentration is 405,000 IUs / kg, so if you were to give 5 grams of it, it would supply ~ 2000 IUs.Â Read this article to learn more about the different forms of vitamin E.
Q I want to feed 3000 IU a day and am wondering how long a 1 kg bag of Vitamin E would last. answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 8:35 pmonAnswered by the admin Our natural Vitamin E powder has a concentration of 405,000 IU/kg. If you were to feed 3,000 IU per day, a 1 kg bag will last 135 days.
Q I would like to feed 500 IU of this supplement but have no idea how to measure that out. answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 8:35 pmonAnswered by the admin Our natural vitamin E contains 405,000 IU /kg. To supplement 500 IU, you would feed ~1.2 grams of the supplement. We trust that if you are feeding individual ingredients to your horse, you have a scale to accurately weigh out the correct amount for your horse's needs. Since the dosage can vary so much with individual ingredients, the scoop provided may not match what your horse needs. We strongly advise customers to measure the correct amounts using a scale. We offer nutrition consulting services, so if you'd like some assistance with your horse's diet, we can certainly help you with that.
Q What should I do if my horse is not eating their Vitamin E? answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 7:03 amonAnswered by the admin You should introduce any new supplement very slowly. We have managed to get the pickiest of eaters to start eating all of our Mad Barn products. We have a blog post with some helpful tips and tricks for introducing a new supplement here.
Q Is there a scoop with the Vitamin E? How much does one scoop equal? answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 7:02 amonAnswered by the admin The scoop that comes with our Vitamin E is 9 cc - approximately 9 grams. A typical dosage of 5 grams per day is about 1/2 of a scoop. You will need a scale to accurately weigh out the correct dose that you want to give. A scale should be used with all individual ingredients.
Q How many scoops per day of Vitamin E should I feed? answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 7:02 amonAnswered by the admin One scoop measures 9 cc which is approximately 9 grams of Vitamin E powder. If you were to feed 5 grams per day (2025 IU), that would be 1/2 a scoop per day. However, it is strongly recommended to use a scale to measure out the exact dosage.
Q Can I give my horse Vitamin E if he is already getting Omneity? answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 7:02 amonAnswered by the admin Omneity already contains an optimal amount of Vitamin E. You wouldn't need to supplement with Vitamin E if your horse is on Omneity, unless his work level gets up into the heavier level.
Q Can I buy this ingredient at retail stores that carry Mad Barn products? answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 7:02 amonAnswered by the admin We do not currently have plans to make our single ingredient supplements available as retail products in brick and mortar stores. Our ingredients are available online and we provide free shipping on orders over $40.
Q How long does 1 kg of vitamin e powder last? How many IU's are in one serving? answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 7:02 amonAnswered by the admin The concentration of our Natural Vitamin E is 405,000 IU/kg, so if you were to feed 5 grams, that would supply 2025 IUs. You will need to use a scale to weigh it accurately. At 5 grams (0.17 oz), 1 kg/2.2 lb would last ~200 days for one horse.
Q How many servings are in one package of Vitamin E? answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 7:02 amonAnswered by the admin It depends on the rate of feeding, however at a typical serving size of 5 grams daily (2025 IU), 1 kg would last approximately 200 days.
Q What is the amount of Vitamin E per gram (or other amount) in your Vitamin E powder? answer nowAsked by May 31, 2020 7:01 amonAnswered by the admin The Natural Vitamin E provides 405,000 IU/kg.
Q How much vitamin E is there per scoop? I want to feed 3000 units a day so I am trying to calculat... answer nowAsked by May 27, 2020 3:05 pmonAnswered by the admin The scoop that comes with our Vitamin E is 9 cc, which measures approximately 9 grams. One gram equals 405 IUs. So if you were to feed 3000 IUs per day that would be 7.4 grams. To measure out the exact dosage, it is strongly recommended to use a scale rather than trying to eyeball the correct amount based on the scoop size.
Q My horse is on a large dose of vitamin E for neuro issues. The vet recommended it and I was surpr... answer nowAsked by May 27, 2020 1:26 pmonAnswered by the admin Our Natural Vitamin E provides 405,000 IU/kg of bulk powder. The typical feeding rate varies depending on the reasons for feeding it, the diet of the horse and the condition of the horse. A typical serving size would be 5 grams daily or 2025 IU.
Q Hi Scott, You say, " Our Natural Vitamin E supplement provides this nutrient in a form that is m... answer nowAsked by May 17, 2020 11:23 amonAnswered by the admin Of the different types of Vitamin E supplement available, natural Vitamin E (D-alpha-tocopherol) is highly bioavailable and is most efficiently absorbed and utilized in tissues. While Vitamin E is fat soluble and absorption does rely on dietary fat, this does not mean that it needs to be fed added to oil to be absorbed. However, if your horse does not get adequate fat in their diet, our w-3 Oil which is enriched with Vitamin E may be another option for supplementation. This article provides a discussion of the superior absorption of Natural Vitamin E compared to synthetic Vitamin E.