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Dunnett C.E.,Independent Equine Nutrition | Vervuert I.,University of Leipzig
EAAP Scientific Series | Year: 2010

Dietary feed supplements to promote health are widely used in equine nutrition. However, many of the commercially available products are promoted with little scientific basis for the assertions made on their labels or in other marketing material. The aim of this paper is to discuss some of the more commonly encountered nutraceuticals in the equine diet with reference to their potential health benefits. Evaluation of the therapeutic potential of nutraceuticals for horses is difficult due to the limited species specific scientific evidence of efficacy. However, this does not preclude the existence of beneficial properties. Source


Dunnett C.E.,Independent Equine Nutrition | Dunnett M.,Independent Equine Nutrition
EAAP Scientific Series | Year: 2010

In a crossover design, eight ponies were supplemented with two forms of zinc. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of zinc supplementation and source on indicators of zinc status in grass fed ponies. Plasma and whole blood Zn concentrations were not good indicators of dietary Zn intake. Zinc supplementation had a significant effect on hair growth rate, which may limit its use to evaluate zinc status. Source


Dunnett M.,Independent Equine Nutrition | Dunnett C.E.,Independent Equine Nutrition
EAAP Scientific Series | Year: 2010

In a crossover design, eight ponies were supplemented with two forms of selenium (Se). The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Se supplementation and source on Se status in grass fed animals, where basal Se intake may be marginal. Plasma and whole blood Se were shown to be sensitive indicators of acute changes in dietary Se intake. Increased incorporation of Se into mane hair following 2 months of supplementation with an organic (Sel-Plex®) compared to inorganic (selenite) selenium source supports the previously suggested assertion of increased availability of organic selenium. Source

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