Magnesium receives little attention in equine nutrition, but it could easily be argued that no other mineral has as many important functions. Virtually every equine body function requires adequate levels of Magnesium. This very potent Magnesium Oxide powder provides a high percentage of this essential macromineral at a reasonable cost per dose.
Magnesium is usually present in equine feeds, but levels vary considerably. As for its presence in pasture or forage, acidic soil conditions often result in Magnesium being washed out of the soil by rain. Whole grains, brans, germs and alfalfa tend to have the highest levels, but these can be offset by high Calcium levels that may compete for absorption.
Signs of Magnesium deficiency
- Low Magnesium is a very common cause of behavioral issues such as irritability, or hypersensitivity to sound or touch.
- In other species, Magnesium deficiency has been clearly identified as both a cause and effect of imbalanced blood sugar issues
- Muscular irritability manifested as twitching in muscles, increased muscle tone, even elevated blood levels of muscle enzymes and signs of tying up can also be a sign of Magnesium deficiency.
- With extreme Magnesium deficiency, weakness can be an effect. Magnesium plays a key role in stabilizing and storing ATP, the energy carrying molecule in all cells.