Minerals are a group of substances that are very important for the body’s chemistry and the function of various organs. They are needed, for example, for the development of the skeleton, the development and function of the muscles, joint function and many other bodily functions. A distinction is usually made between macrominerals and microminerals or trace elements.
The macrominerals group contains calcium, phosphorous, magnesium as well as sodium, potassium and silicon.
Both calcium and phosphorous are needed to build up the skeleton. It’s important to keep an eye not just on the amounts of calcium and phosphorous, but also their ratio, known as the Ca/P ratio. This should lie between 1.2–1.8 in the total diet.
Magnesium is found mainly in muscles and in the skeleton and is needed to many chemical reactions as well as for the blood vessels and nervous system. Silicon is thought to be good for hooves and a horse’s coat as well for the development of strong joints.
The microminerals group contains iron, iodine, copper, manganese, zinc and selenium.
Around 60% of the iron in the body is found in haemoglobin, the molecule in the red blood cells which transports oxygen out to the cells.
Iodine is needed, for example, to make hormones in the thyroid gland.
Copper is part of many enzymes which are involved in various syntheses in the body. Copper is needed for the formation of elastic connective tissue, which is necessary for haemoglobin formation as well as for the transportation of oxygen around the body. Copper is involved also in the manufacturing of the pigment melanin and stabilises the collagen in the skin, bone and tendons. The absorption of copper in the intestines is affected by the levels of other microminerals such as zinc, iron and molybdenum.
Manganese helps to form cartilage in the joints and is an important part in the metabolising of carbohydrates and fat.
Zinc, like copper, is found in a number of enzymes. These enzymes are needed, for example, for the …metabolism of carbohydrate and protein in the body. Zinc is also needed for forming creatine in the skin, coat and hooves.
Selenium is part of the enzyme that neutralises free radicals (substances formed when the body consumes oxygen). Free radicals have a destructive effect on the body’s tissues and cause them to age. Selenium helps slow down this process. It also plays an important role in the immune system and helps white blood cells fight bacteria and other microorganisms effectively. Selenium works together with vitamin E and both supplement and boost each other’s effect. They can also replace each other to a certain extent.
Most areas in Sweden suffer from a lack of natural selenium in the soil. Therefore, most Swedish raw food ingredients are low in this substance. This deficiency has been known about for a long time and later analyses show that other microminerals are also found in low quantities in our soil, so a supplement for roughage is needed.
BioMineral Total contains a well-balanced combination of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and silicon, with the trace elements iron, copper, iodine, zinc and selenium. It has high bioaccessibility to meet the daily requirements of minerals.
Mineral supplement with very good bioaccessibility for horses.
AREA OF APPLICATION
When the diet does not contain sufficient minerals to meet the horse’s needs.
Calcium carbonate, monosodium phosphate, magnesium oxide, kieselguhr, manganese sulphate, zinc sulphate, copper sulphate, iron sulphate, potassium iodide, selenium yeast.
1-2 measured doses daily, mixed well in feed
1 measured dose = 20 g provides 4 g calcium, 1.25 g phosphorous, 0.5 g magnesium, 1 g silicon, 10 mg iron, 0.6 mg iodine, 40 mg copper, 75 mg manganese, 110 mg zinc, 0.5 mg selenium
Ca/P ratio: 3:2
ITEM NUMBER & VOLUME
0537 – 1,2 kg
0538 – 3,6 kg