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Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:33:02 PM
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Vitanox, partial vitamin E replacement (Part 1)

Kevin Vanneste, product manager, Nuscience Group


Highly productive animals require a balanced nutritional diet to stay healthy and perform maximally. Carefully selected plant-based polyphenols in Vitanox contribute to optimal technical and financial results by supporting animals in maintaining the balance between oxidation and antioxidant capacity. Partial replacement of vitamin E by Vitanox not only offers a cost-efficient alternative, synergistic effects also positively affect animal health and productivity. 
Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a lipid-soluble compound exclusively to be obtained from the diet. It fulfills numerous important roles inside the body including cellular respiration, reproduction, immune response, coenzyme synthesis and biological antioxidant.
Antioxidant status
Free radicals or Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are products formed during metabolic processes in animal body cells. In ideal situations a balance exist between oxidation and naturally present antioxidant mechanisms in body cells. In highly productive animals or during stressful periods however, the production of free radicals might exceed the natural ability of the body to detoxify ROS resulting in oxidative stress. Excess free radicals result in cell and tissue damage, impaired intestinal barrier function and loss of performance.

Cost-effective Vitamin E replacement
An optimal vitamin E inclusion is needed to produce healthy, well-performing animals. Three aspects are important in choosing an optimal vitamin E level:
      •  Animal requirements to fulfill physiological processes
Based on research published by independent European research institutes, current vitamin E inclusion levels applied in practice are on the high end.
      •  Price of vitamin E
Recently vitamin E prices increased strongly due to shortage in the market.
      •  The antioxidant effect of vitamin E
The effect of vitamin E on the antioxidant status of animals shows decreasing marginal benefits. At higher inclusions of vitamin E, increasing vitamin E in the diet contributes very little to the antioxidant status of the animal.
Based on this information feed producers can consider to fine-tune vitamin E inclusion levels without compromising long-term animal health and performance. Although no alternative exists to replace all functions of vitamin E, the important antioxidant function of vitamin E can be perfectly fulfilled by the cost-effective alternative Vitanox resulting in:
      •  Lower feed costs
      •  Maintained antioxidant status
      •  Even better animal performance and health due to synergistic effects
In the next article, we’ll explain why Vitanox proofs to be so effective as a natural antioxidant.
For more information, contact our Product Manager Kevin Vanneste (Kevin.Vanneste@nusciencegroup.com)

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Article made possible through the contribution of Kevin Vanneste and Nuscience Group

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