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Vitamins & Minerals- How They Are Used In Your Horses Body

Vitamins and minerals and how they are used in your horse's body. 


There are many different horse supplements on the market today and the best way to decide which is right for your horses is to understand each vitamin & mineral and how it's used in your horses body. Making sure you horse receives the correct balance of vitamins and minerals is vital for optimum health.  

 

Calcium has an important role in normal growth and the normal function of the nervous system, muscles, blood clotting and cardiac function.

 

Phosphorous plays an important part in metabolism and nerve function and is also needed for correct formation of bones, muscles and teeth.

 

Magnesium helps the metabolism, formation of teeth and bones and the maintenance of correct nervous system function.

 

Sodium and Chloride are essential for maintaining a normal electrolyte balance in body tissues during heavy exercise and in recovery after exercise.

 

Potassium is required for maintaining cell integrity, healthy nerve and muscle function, normal digestion and relaxation of the heart muscle.

 

Zinc is necessary for normal bone and cartilage development. It helps to heal wounds and maintains the integrity of skin, hair and hooves. It is important in maintaining a healthy coat.

 

Copper is needed for iron metabolism, bone development and maintenance of elastic connective tissue.

 

Iron is a vital component of hemoglobin in red blood cells.

 

Manganese has a role in bone, cartilage and tissue development, correct blood clotting and in maintaining normal growth, reproduction and lactation.

 

Cobalt is required for the formation of B12, red blood cells, haemoglobin, and maintaining normal nerve cell function.

 

Selenium has a crucial role in preventing cellular oxidation and is needed for correct growth and fertility.

 

Iodine is required for correct thyroid function and is a component of thyroid hormones that regulate metabolic processes including hair growth.

 

Vitamin A is involved in maintaining normal vision, muscles, growth, reproductive performance and maintaining the integrity of skin and mucous membranes.

 

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Antioxidants reduce the formation of free radicals and reduce oxidisation in the body that can cause damage to cells.

 

Vitamin B1 is needed for normal metabolism appetite and body weight. It is required in the maintenance of normal muscle and nerve function.

 

Folic Acid is involved in general metabolism and the formation of red and white blood cells and hemoglobin. 

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