Elevate Maintenance Powder Ingredients:

One scoop (7 grams) of Elevate Maintenance Powder contains 1000 IU of natural vitamin E

Vitamin E: Natural vs. Synthetic

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 synthetic.


The Natural vitamin E acetate found in Elevate Maintenance Powder out-performs others sources for affordable long-term use.

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.

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