Vitamins are vital micronutrients that cannot be produced by the body on its own. They are divided into fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins and fulfil versatile tasks in the metabolism.
Vitamin E is the name given to the group of tocopherols that have a high antioxidant capacity. They can protect substances from free radicals both in the organism and directly in the feed. They thus contribute to the preservation of unsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In addition, they protect against tissue damage that can be caused by free radicals in the body during inflammations and injuries.
B-vitamins are a group of several water-soluble vitamins that are involved in a variety of metabolic processes in the body. These include vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6 (including pyridoxine), vitamin B12 (cobalamin), pantothenic acid and nicotinic acid. They can only be
stored in small quantities, so a regular supply through the feed is necessary. B vitamins are particularly needed for healthy skin, whereby they act in different ways. On the one hand, they are necessary for the metabolism of skin cells and the building of skin substance. In addition, they are involved in the healing of skin lesions. They are also involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, an important component of cell membranes.
Vitamin A is also called the "epithelial protection vitamin" and fulfils important tasks in this area. It is essential for the differentiation of the epithelial cells and the formation of scaffolding substances of the skin surface. Thus, a deficiency can lead to disorders such as dandruff and cornification. A sufficient supply is therefore important for supple skin and especially in the case of skin diseases, the animal should be supported by an increased supply.