Our EquiVita range includes as standard:
A Mineral Snapshot
Magnesium Oxide Much of todays grazing and fields are deficient in magnesium, in part due to decades of artificial fertilisers. Magnesium is hugely beneficial; it plays an essential part in increasing insulin sensitivity, maintenance of normal blood circulation, hoof sole sensitivity, calcium absorption, detoxifies toxic substances in the body, and rebalances the diet.
Lysine The NRC calls lysine 'the first limiting amino acid'. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and to make proteins for growth, development and tissue maintenance, the horse must have an adequate supply and balance of amino acids in the diet. Lysine is an essential amino acid for horses, yet it's typically deficient in the equine diets as our UK grazing is lysine-poor. It's important for body tissue growth, coat and hoof quality, calcium absorption, formation of collagen, bone, connective tissue, tendons and cartilage health, enzyme and hormone production. It is also required for the production of carnitine, which is a nutrient that converts fatty acids into energy and supports cholesterol levels. In addition, lysine is required for the absorption and utilization of the B-vitamin niacin. In short, invaluable.
Phosphorus Phosphorus is one of the main components, along with calcium, that forms bone and teeth. Many aspects of health depend on keeping the right balance of phosphorus in the body as every cell in the body needs phosphorus to grow, develop and function properly. It helps the kidneys get rid of waste and influences the body’s storage and distribution of energy. Low phosphorus levels can cause bone issues, loss of appetite, stiff joints, fatigue, breathing difficulties and weight fluctuations.
Copper Copper plays a major part in all areas of the body - without it, the consequences can be extremely harmful to health. Alongside zinc, iron, iodine, manganese and selenium, copper is one of the most important trace elements in the horse. Copper helps strong bones and connective tissue, and supports the action of melanin to pigment the skin and hair, the formation of elastin which lines blood vessels, blood manufacture, pigment formation, and for normal reproductive and immune system function.
Zinc Present in soil, air and water, zinc exists in all the cells of the body. As a nutrient, zinc supports bone and cartilage development, integrity of skin, hair and hooves, vision, reproduction and immune system. It also plays a role in thyroid function and insulin production. A type of antioxidant, zinc helps support cells from free radicals. NB. Too much zinc can deplete copper levels by preventing absorption.
Selenium Many soils are deficient in selenium, an important trace mineral requirement for horses. Its major purpose is to act as an antioxidant agent, and it must work synergistically with Vitamin E to support cell membranes from the by-products of energy metabolism. Selenium is also needed for immunity, thyroid hormone function and for normal muscle integrity.
Methionine Methionine is the only sulphur-containing amino acid and plays an important role in the synthesis of other proteins. The horse’s hoof wall is composed of an insoluble protein called keratin, which is a structural protein that contains sulphur-containing amino acids. Methionine and cysteine form the bi-sulphurous bonds between the keratin molecules, so when horses have compromised hooves or are potentially laminitic, methionine benefits strong hoof structure. Methionine is further beneficial as several sulphur-containing connections can be produced when combined with the B vitamins, i.e. can help comfort levels, and the formation of cartilage tissue as joint cartilage requires sulphur for its production. Methionine also has a fat-dissolving effect and supports the depositing of fat in the liver.
Brewers Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Literally translated, S.cerevisiae means 'sugar fungus', as this is what it feeds on, and it's one of the most important fungi in the history of the world. S.cerevisiae is a highly nutritious yeast and one of the best natural sources of the B-complex vitamins including B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), and H/B7 (biotin), with the tiniest trace of B12 (cobalamin). An excellent digestive aid, as a prebiotic S.cerevosiae supports the growth of the microbial digestive flora, improves feed absorption, helps stabilise large intestinal PH value, and helps break down glucose to support blood sugar levels. It also has an excellent compliment of trace minerals, including bio-available chromium which assists in mineral uptake, zinc, iron, phosphorus and selenium.
Rosehips (Providing Vit.C) Vitamin C levels are depleted in winter growth, with a high percentage destroyed in baling/curing grass. Useful gut and kidney tonic, immunity, circulatory and joint supporter.
Vitamin E (Acetate Adsorbate) Like Vit.C, Vitamin E levels deplete in winter growth, with a high percentage destroyed in baling/curing, and what remains is rapidly destroyed during storage. Vit.E is essential for our horses' muscle and nervous-system, and as a critical antioxidant. Working synergistically with selenium, these two components help support the red blood cells during exercise, and the immune-system cells as they go about their work, especially in areas of the body that have a high reliance on oxygen-fuelled metabolism, i.e. in the heart, muscle and brain. NB. The 'Acetate' acts as a shield to prevent damage to the alpha-tocopherol, caused by exposure to oxidative forces, which can cause the alpha-tocopherol to quickly denature, which means it will lose its antioxidant benefit.