Water-soluble, antioxidant. Essential to the formation of collagen (an essential component of cartilage), lysine, an essential amino acid and proline, a non-essential amino acid. It is also believed to interact with iron and many B-complex vitamins. Vitamin C is synthesized in the liver and other body cells. Studies suggest supplementation reduces epistaxis (bleeding from the nose), increases sperm quality and improves breeding performance.
DEFICIENCY: Deficiency of Vitamin C has not been reported in horses, however, supplements may be useful during hot weather and periods of stress, growth and high performance.