Do Horses Need Supplements? | Vita Flex
Proper nutrition is vital to not only ensure that equine athletes can perform at their top levels, but also as a preventative measure against injury and harm. Vita Flex offers supplements based on scientific research that improve athletic performance, delay fatigue and reduce injuries in high performance horses. Read more about how top competitive equestrians trust Vita Flex to help and protect their horses.
Feeding Your Performance Horse
Your performance horse is an elite athlete and requires appropriate nutrition to reach his full potential. Learn more about what to consider when choosing products for your horse.
Oxidative Stress and the Performance Horse
Nutrients are broken down and converted into energy for normal metabolic function. Energy metabolism is generally divided into two types, aerobic and anaerobic. In aerobic metabolism, oxygen is used to produce energy, with carbon dioxide and water as a by-product. However, 1-2 percent of this oxygen is not used, resulting in the formation of free radicals, or reactive oxygen species (ROS). These free radicals can damage DNA and lipids and contribute to degenerative changes throughout the body. Antioxidants are responsible for removing and inhibiting the formation of ROS.
What is Oxidative Stress in Horses? Why You Need to Manage It | Vita Flex
Oxidation of nutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat) provides the energy needed for normal muscle function. Exercise causes a dramatic increase in this oxidation, resulting in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These free radicals, or ROS, can damage DNA and contribute to degenerative changes throughout the body. Natural antioxidant defenses (endogenous antioxidants) help prevent free radical induced damage.
What is Proper Nutrition for a Young Performance Horse? | Vita Flex
A variety of challenges can present themselves when deciding what to feed young horses that are either in training or some other type of structured exercise program. When feeding young horses, remember that we need to supply nutrients for maintenance, growth and finally exercise (work). Nutrients that are supplied will first be used for physiologic maintenance, followed by growth and exercise.
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