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Serum β-carotene and α-tocopherol in horses fed β-carotene via grass-meal or a synthetic beadlet preparation with and without added dietary fat.
Brief content of the article:
The authors compared feeding β-carotene either from grass meal or a synthetic beadlet preparation (LucarotinTM) using serum response as an indicator for bioavailability. Additionally, both forms were tested with and without added dietary fat. The experiment was executed with four horses according to a Latin square design. The authors concluded that there was no difference in bioavailability between the sources of β-carotene and that the addition of fat did not influence the bioavailability of β-carotene.
Keywords: vitamin A; fat; ; vegetable oil; synthetic vitamins.
Kienzle, E. Kaden, C. Hoppe, P.P. and B. Opitz. 2003. Serum β-carotene and α-tocopherol in horses fed β-carotene via grass-meal or a synthetic beadlet preparation with and without added dietary fat. J.Anim. Physiol. a Anim. Nutr. 87: 174-180.
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