The Importance of Vitamin C
Although a horse can make their own Vitamin C, they produce lower amounts in times of stress or sickness. So supplementation of Vitamin C can be beneficial in times of stress or sickness due to their lower Vitamin C production.
Vitamin C Benefits for Horses
- Competition horses e.g endurance horses, eventers, and racehorses
- Post-operative and post-trauma horses
- Horses suffering from wounds, infections or diseases Inflammatory conditions
- Horses with heaves or allergies
- Aged horses with chronic infections or decreased immunity
Vitamin C is essential for neutralising dangerous free radicals. Vitamin C is required for collagen production, hormone synthesis, vitamin D3 conversion to calcitriol, bone calcification, and antihistamine regulation, among other things.
Poor hair coat, a weakened immune system, haemorrhage, delayed wound healing, deteriorated or enlarged adrenal glands, scoliosis, and lordosis are all symptoms of Vitamin C insufficiency.
Why Sodium Ascorbate?
Sodium Ascorbate Vs Ascorbic Acid
CEN Vitamin C uses Sodium Ascorbate which is a highly effective, more easily absorbed form of Vitamin C. It is pH neutral (pH 7.4) as opposed to acidic Ascorbic Acid (pH 3.0), therefore Sodium Ascorbate does not irritate the intestinal tract or kidneys.
Sodium ascorbate is easily absorbed by the body, and studies have also shown that it stays in the system twice as long as the acid form. Sodium ascorbate is the only form of vitamin C approved by the FDA for intravenous injection in humans.
Feed Rate - Horse Bodyweight - Approx. guide Vitamin C:
- Up to 450kg – 1500mg (half a teaspoon)
- Over 450kg – 3000mg (teaspoon)