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Vitamin E

Fat soluble, antioxidant. Essential for growth, proper muscle development and function, oxygen transport and red blood cell stability, believed important to the proper function equine immune system. Acts as a vasodilator: a compound which opens up blood vessels so that blood flows more freely through tissues. Also a cellular level antioxidant which prevents formation of toxic oxide compounds in the tissues during periods of intense exercise. Closely related to selenium.

DEFICIENCY: Vitamin E deficiency in horses causes swelling of the joints, muscle degeneration and ataxia (loss of coordination). Also linked to a form of wobblers syndrome, a disease which affects the spinal cord and column.

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