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One scoop (7 grams) of Elevate Maintenance Powder contains 1000 IU of natural vitamin E
Vitamin E is the most powerful antioxidant in the equine diet. But
not all forms of the vitamin are created equally. Most supplements
contain synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate), which is
petroleum-based and not as potent as natural plant-based vitamin E
(d-alpha-tocopherol acetate). Compared with synthetic vitamin E, the
body can more efficiently transport and deliver natural vitamin E to
targeted tissues. Current research in several species, including horses,
shows that natural vitamin E is two to three times more potent than
Assessment of vitamin E status is accomplished by measuring
tocopherol (vitamin E) levels in plasma. In a recent study, plasma
levels of horses consuming three types of vitamin E were compared:
synthetic vitamin E acetate powder, natural vitamin E acetate powder
(Elevate Maintenance Powder), and natural, water-soluble vitamin E
liquid (Elevate W.S.). Dramatic increases were noted in horses fed
natural vitamin E. The water-soluble liquid vitamin E (Elevate W.S.)
demonstrated the quickest effect. Blood levels of natural vitamin E
acetate powder (Elevate Maintenance Powder) also increased, but at a
slower pace. This study showed that plasma levels fell slightly when
horses were fed synthetic vitamin E powder.
When choosing a vitamin E for long-term supplementation, horse owners
need to focus on four issues: rate of absorption, persistence in the
tissues, ease of administration, and cost per IU of vitamin E. While
water-soluble natural vitamin E (Elevate W.S.) is quickly absorbed, it
can be a little more costly and not as convenient to administer. When a
slower rate of absorption is suitable, or after adequate blood levels
have been established with water-soluble natural vitamin E, Elevate
Maintenance Powder is the top choice. It is readily absorbed and stored
in the tissues so it is available when horses need it. It is economical
and easy to feed.
Store Elevate Maintenance Powder in a cool, dry place. Reseal lid
during storage. Shelf life is 24 months from date of manufacture when
stored under suitable conditions.
2-lb (0.19 kg) (130-day supply for 1 horse at maintenance level)
When switching from Elevate W.S. liquid to Elevate Maintenance
Powder, a transition allows the horse to adapt to the different form of
vitamin E. Transitioning over a period of 7 to 10 days is recommended.
Over this time period, slowly decrease the amount of Elevate W.S. and
replace it with equal IUs of Maintenance Powder.
Here is an example of transitioning from feeding 4,000 IU/day of Elevate W.S. to 4,000 IU/day of Elevate Maintenance Powder.*
Day 1-3: Feed 3,000 IU (6 cc) of Elevate W.S. + 1,000 IU (1 scoop) of Elevate Maintenance Powder
Day 4-6: Feed 2,000 IU (3cc) of Elevate W.S. + 2,000 IU (2 scoops) of Elevate Maintenance Powder
Day 7-9: Feed 1,000 IU (2cc) of Elevate W.S. + 3,000 IU ( 3 scoops)of Elevate Maintenance Powder
Day 10 and forward: Feed 4,000 IU (4 scoops) Elevate Maintenance Powder
*1 cc (or 1 mL) of Elevate W.S. = 500 IU; 1 scoop Elevate Maintenance Powder = 1,000 IU.
Elevate was developed to provide a highly bioavailable source of
natural vitamin E to horses. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, limits
the damage caused by everyday oxidative stress. It maintains healthy
muscle and nerve function and supports a strong immune system in horses
of all ages.
Vitamin E cannot be synthesized by the horse; therefore, it is
considered an essential nutrient. The best source of vitamin E is fresh
green grass; however, the potency of vitamin E declines very quickly
once forages are harvested and dried.
Vitamin E requirements vary from situation to situation. Multiple
research studies have shown that vitamin E is often deficient in the
diets of horses that do not have access to continual grazing on fresh
green grass, or those grazing on winter pasture. Performances horses
with demanding workloads, growing horses and seniors can be exposed to
increased levels of oxidative stress and therefore require higher levels
of vitamin E in their diets. Studies reveal that horses challenged by
neurological disease benefit from supportive natural vitamin E.
Elevate Maintenance Powder can be used to maintain adequate blood
levels and is economical for long-term use. Its natural source is highly
digestible and readily available to the horse.
When appropriate, Elevate Maintenance Powder can be used to support
desired blood levels of vitamin E after a course of Elevate W.S. has
*The vitamin E content of dried forages such as hay is severely
diminished, with forages often losing 75% or more of their vitamin
content upon harvesting and storing.