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Camel racing: Food for better performance – selenium

In the second article of our series for better performance in camel racing, we will look into Vitamin E and Selenium. Both have been shown to be an important combination of camel’s health and performance.


Camel’s body relies on selenium, an important mineral, for many of its basic functions. It cares from reproduction to fighting infection and balancing metabolism. Many studies in domestic animals have shown that this minerals supply is linked to a better immune system. It’s linked by the protection of the cells involving in immunity process.

It’s also involved in reproduction performance and muscle metabolism. A lack of selenium can lead to infertility, muscle degenerative and heart failure.

Selenium deficiency is common in some places of the world where it’s in low quantity in soils and plants. Such a situation is generally more common in arid (a region which is characterized as a severe lack of water) areas. In KSA, selenium deficiency in camel is regularly observed. Soil and plant deficiencies occur in several places of the Kingdom.

An important part of the camel calf mortality cases could be attributed to heart muscle dystrophy. This is the main symptom of selenium deficiency in young animals. The muscle degenerative impact of the lack of this mineral can have a high consequence on muscle activity. Especially on race animals, this activity is very common, but also young animals at their growing time are not immune to this.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps support the immune system, cell function, and skin health. It’s an antioxidant, making it effective at combating the effects of free radicals. This radicals are produced by the metabolism of food and toxins in the environment. It’s important for racing camels since it prevents muscular and cellular injury and oxidative stress.

Both can be found in Protocamel feed coming from natural ingredients, mostly from sunflower seeds.

Yes, it matters!