Vitamin C is an vital organic compound within a horse’s body; aiding in collagen production, iron absorption, hormone synthesis, bone calcification, regulation of antihistamine and supporting their immune system. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage.
Unlike humans, horses can synthesize their own Vitamin C from glucose in their livers – however deficiency can arise during period of stress or illness. A lack of Vitamin C can lead to several health problems in horses, including poor wound healing, reduced immunity, and joint pain.
Sodium ascorbate is a more bioavailable form of Vitamin C, meaning that the body more easily absorbs it. As a result, supplementing with sodium ascorbate can help to ensure that horses get the Vitamin C they need to stay healthy.
Competition Horses e.g Endurance, Eventers and Racehorses
Post-Operative and Post-Trauma Horses
Horses Suffering from Wounds, Infections or Diseases
Horses with Heaves or Allergies
Aged Horses with Chronic Infections or Decreased Immunity
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Vitamin C is a natural immune system booster. It helps increase the number of antibodies in your horse’s body responsible for fighting toxins, bacteria, or viruses.
Vitamin C helps the production of collagen, a vital tissue that promotes joint and bone health.
Vitamin C boosts your Horse’s level of interferon, a natural antibody that helps fight viral infections and cancerous growths.
Supplementing Vitamin C has been linked to helping the absorption rate of other nutrients in the diet (or supplement).
Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant for horses. They need it to maintain a healthy, lustrous coat. It usually combines with Vitamin E for them to look vibrant.
Vitamin C helps relieve allergy symptoms because it acts as an antihistamine, a compound that counteracts histamine and fights inflammation.
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.
Vitamin C (as Sodium Ascorbate)
How much Vitamin C to give a horse?
In general, horses can be supplemented with Vitamin C at a feed rate of ~ 3-5g/day (3000mg – 5000mg) this amount may need to increase for hoses over the age of 20 or for horses needing more intensive supplementation. The National Research Council suggests the safe upper limit of 22000mg/ day (~22g)
Do horses need Vitamin C?
A horse can make their own Vitamin C, but in times of stress on the gut microbiome, this production can be lowered and supplementation maybe required. It is recommended to add a source of Vitamin C when a horse is:
A Competition Horses e.g Endurance, Eventers and Racehorses
Post-Operative Or Post-Trauma
Suffering from Wounds, Infections or Diseases
Suffering From Inflammatory Conditions
Suffering Heaves or Allergies
An Aged Horses with Chronic Infections or Decreased Immunity
What does Vitamin C do for horses?
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that helps protect from cellular damage. Vitamin C plays several important roles in horses’ bodies, including:
Supporting the immune system
Recovery after training/performance
Can horses take HUMAN Vitamin C?
Vitamin C can be present in a number of different forms. Sodium ascorbate is a less acidic form of Vitamin C when compared to Ascorbic acid which is commonly used in human varieties of Vitamin C. Human grade ingredients are generally better-quality and suitable for horses.