Selenium Deficiencies

Antioxidant Supplementation for Optimal Health

The Body’s Natural Defenders

Nutritional Solutions with Potent Antioxidants

Antioxidants support the health of tissues, as they are scavengers of free radicals whose role is to prevent or stop free radical damage, thereby limiting oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize them. Supplementation with a comprehensive wellness supplement containing antioxidants, such as vitamin E, vitamin C and selenium found in Platinum Performance® Equine, can support overall wellness for optimal performance and longevity. Additional supplementation with Selenium Yeast may be needed for horses that reside in selenium-deficient regions.

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Supplements with Antioxidant Support for Deficient Horses

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Supplement for All Classes of Horses

Platinum Performance® Equine Wellness and Performance Formula is a comprehensive nutritional foundation formula for all horses.
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A Major Antioxidant Trace Mineral for Horses

Selenium activates the antioxidant enzyme Glutathione Peroxidase and provides the body with nerve, muscle and joint support. Selenium is also essential for enhancing the antioxidant effects of Vitamin E.

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Price US $ 17.00

Signs of Selenium Deficiency

Horses that graze selenium-deficient pastures grass or consume forages grown in these areas can become deficient in selenium if not supplemented. Signs of deficiency include:

  • Muscle weakness and altered movement
  • In foals, weak suckle response and dysphagia
  • Compromised respiratory and cardiac function
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Are There Different Forms of Selenium?

Both inorganic and organic selenium yeast can be used to supplement selenium in the diet. However, the bioavailability of organic selenium appears to be higher than inorganic forms of selenium.

Selenium Yeast

Major selenium-yeast Trace Mineral

Selenium activates the selenium-yeast enzyme Glutathione Peroxidase and provides the body with nerve, muscle and joint support. Selenium is also essential for enhancing the selenium-yeast effects of Vitamin E. Selenium helps promote a healthy immune system by stimulating the activity of white blood cells, protecting tissue from free radical damage and activating thyroid hormones. Selenium also aids in reproductive health and helps support healthy metabolic function.

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Selenium: Toxicity vs. Deficiency

Typically, toxic selenium levels only become a problem if the horse consumes an extremely large amount at one time or if the horse has consumed upwards of 20 mg/day for an extended period. In reality, a selenium deficiency is far more likely to occur due to the fact that many parts of the United States and Canada have inadequate selenium in the soil. Low selenium intake symptoms include poor fertility and myopathy problems. In addition, it causes a predisposition to inflammatory issues and decreased immunity.

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