What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that serves to protect cells from damaging processes. It is fat soluble, meaning it can be stored and used when necessary. It is a critical vitamin in the proper function of many organs and though deficiencies are rare, they can be very serious. Particularly in horses, Vitamin E is essential for adequate antioxidant defense to promote healthy immune function. Horses that frequently lie down, get sick often and struggle recovering, or tend to experience muscle soreness may benefit from a Vitamin E supplement.
3 benefits of Vitamin E
- Vitamin E improves equine immune function. Acting as a potent antioxidant, it binds to and assists in the removal of damaging radicals. Fighting off these bacterial threats, Vitamin E is a protector of the cell membrane which ultimately helps horses prevent illness and promotes quicker recovery.
- Vitamin E reduces muscle soreness and stiffness. It helps prevent oxidative damage which is one of the primary causes of muscle soreness.
- Vitamin E contributes to preventing long term, severe neurological disorders including equine motor neuron disease (EMND) and equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (EDM).
Lush pasture typically provides sufficient vitamin E for horses, but depending on location and seasonality, this isn’t always an option. You can enhance Vitamin E in your horse’s diet by increasing their intake of fat. Keep in mind that horses with less fat require more Vitamin E because they don’t have as much fat tissue to store it. Wild Gold’s Camelina Oil contains natural Vitamin E that acts as a potent anti-inflammatory as well as helps to prevent the rancidity of the supplement. Shop our cold-pressed camelina oil here.