Oxidative stress is common in horses and can have a damaging impact on their immune system, at times when they depend on it most. Understanding what it is, and how you can help your horse to overcome it naturally, is vital to their long-term health, happiness and wellbeing.
Rose-Hip Vital Equine is wholly plant-based and a rich source of naturally-occurring vitamin C. A simple daily dose of our rosehip powder fuels your horse with highly bioavailable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support, bolstering their immune defences and allowing them the freedom to heal, exercise and compete with less risk of pain and injury.
What is Oxidative Stress?
Whenever a horse consumes more oxygen than normal, their body requires more energy to sustain the added pressure on their respiratory system. This process of consuming and distributing oxygen, and the subsequent burning of energy, leads to an increased production of free radicals. When there are too many free radicals in the body, they start to overwhelm your horse’s cellular structures, leading to a state known as oxidative stress.
If your horse is suffering from oxidative stress, it means their cells are experiencing damage and degeneration, making them more vulnerable to diseases like joint and muscle degeneration, pulmonary haemorrhage1, and even reoccurring obstruction of the airways2.
When Is Your Horse Most Vulnerable to Oxidative Stress?
Whenever your horse experiences an increase in demand for oxygen and they don’t have adequate antioxidative defenses, it can subject them to a degree of oxidative stress.
Commonly, your horse is most vulnerable when they’re exercising, training or competing. It can also occur when your horse is travelling and spending prolonged periods on the road, or when your horse is injured, ill or in recovery. It can even occur in the cooler months, when they have a greater need to thermoregulate.
Supplementing with Natural Vitamin C to Counter Oxidative Stress.
Unlike humans, horses are able to generate vitamin C in their liver. However, periods of increased strain and stress demand greater consumption of oxygen and consequently, require increased antioxidant defenses.
Naturally-occurring vitamin C is water soluble, and is able to swiftly enter their bloodstream via the ileum in the gastrointestinal tract. This makes incorporating a rich source of naturally-occurring vitamin C into your horse’s diet an effective way to boost their antioxidant capacity and ultimately, lessen cellular damage.
Rose-Hip Vital Equine - 80 Times More Effective Than Synthetic Vitamin C!
A comprehensive study of oxidative stress in horses found that Rose-Hip Vital Equine is incredibly effective in preventing and repairing cellular damage. In fact, it was found to be 80 times more effective than synthetic vitamin C3!
A single dose of Rose-Hip Vital Equine (25g) contains 230mg of naturally-occurring vitamin C. When given over an extended period of time, a single daily dose of our rosehip powder generates the same detectable amount of vitamin C in the bloodstream as a synthetic dose of 20,000mg!
This is because our naturally-occurring vitamin C is highly bioavailable, meaning it works in harmony with your horse’s body and can be readily recognised as fuel, leading to greater absorption and a more efficient distribution of benefits.
Scientists conducting the same study concluded that the effectiveness of Rose-Hip Vital was bolstered by our extensive range of unique ‘co-factors’, including high levels of vitamin E, beta-carotene and our exclusive galactolipid, GOPO®. GOPO is activated during our patented extraction and drying process and is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. It minimises inflammation by disbanding leucocytes (white blood cells) that accumulate around joints and cartilage.
Rose-Hip Vital Equine. So Much More than Just Antioxidant Support.
Rose-Hip Vital Equine is a daily multivitamin, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
It contains 31 naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium and zinc, along with vitamins A, E and C. It’s also naturally rich in beta-carotene, flavonoids and essential fatty acids.
Our rosehip powder for horses provides excellent antihistamine support and is a vital part of their defense against immune-mediated skin conditions, including allergic dermatitis.
We believe prevention is always better than a cure, and the broad range of benefits found in every dose of Rose-Hip Vital Equine make our rosehip powder a lifelong companion for your horse’s overall health and wellbeing.
Our Natural Anti-Inflammatory is Scientifically-Backed.
Our rosehip products have the scientific backing of 30 clinical trials, including 9 double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. You can read more about these studies here.
We know how valuable your investment is, and we want you to feel confident knowing that our results have been proven, time and time again.
If you’re still unsure, you can read hundreds of testimonials here from families just like yours, who have experienced amazing transformations on our rosehip powder.
How Do I Start My Horse on Rose-Hip Vital Equine Today?
Rose-Hip Vital Equine is easily added to your horse’s regular feed, making it incredibly easy to start your horse’s wellbeing journey today.
We recommend a loading dose (double the regular dose) for the first 4 weeks as a system kickstarter and to help your horse enjoy the maximum benefits as soon as possible. For an average 500kg horse, that means 50gs (2 scoops) a day for the first 4 weeks, then 25gs (1 scoop) each day going forward. You can read more about equine dosage here.
And in even better news, your horse is almost guaranteed to love the taste! Don’t believe us? Check out this video! You won’t want to leave an open tub lying around, or you might come back and find it empty!
Share the Benefits with Your Whole Family!
With Rose-Hip Vital Equine, you can share the benefits of a single tub with every member of your family, including yourself, your dog - even your cat!
Our unique rosehip powders contain nothing but the ground berries of the Rosa Canina rosehip. We harvest our rosehips in Denmark, after allowing their roots to stretch deep into nutrient-rich soil for years without any intervention. It’s the exclusive and patented way that we manufacture our rosehip powders that give them scientifically-backed antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Our rosehip powder (and our rosehip capsules, too!) are packaged in a food-grade facility, making every single tub safe for human consumption.
Being wholly plant-based, all Rose-Hip Vital powders are vegan and vegetarian friendly, and naturally free from wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar, additives, fillers and preservatives.
So what are you waiting for? Click here to make your purchase today and enjoy free shipping Australia wide!
1Derksen, F.J., 1997. 'Oxidant injury and nitric oxide: a role in exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage'. Veterinary Journal, 153: 119-121.
2Kirschvink, N., Fievez, L., Bougnet, V., Art, T., Degand, G., Smith, N., Marlin, D., Roberts, C., Harris, P., Lekeux, P., 2002. 'Effect of nutritional antioxidant supplementation on systemic and pulmonary status, airway inflammation and lung function in heaves-affected horses', Equine Veterinary Journal, 34: 705-712
3Winther, K., Kharazmi, A., Hansen, A.S.V., Falk-Ronne, A. 2011, 'The absorption of natural vitamin C in horses and anti-oxidative capacity: a randomised, controlled study on trotters during a three month intervention period', Wageningen Academic Publishers