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Antioxidants

Antioxidants

Herbal remedies that contain antioxidants to support general health, wellness and disease prevention in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body.

Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

Antioxidants contain vitamins, minerals, and other chemical compounds that can stop cellular damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants can also support immune function, and reduce the risk of chronic degenerative conditions such as cancer, arthritis, and heart disease. Antioxidants also work to slow down aging, to support optimal health and disease prevention. We LIKE antioxidants for our dogs and cats. 

Antioxidants fight free radicals. Free radicals are molecules, atoms, or ions with unpaired electrons, but we like to think of free radicals as disease causing ninjas. They work silently and unrelentingly in your animal's body and cause disease. Normally, in an atom (or molecule), electrons come in pairs and they spin in opposite directions to balance each other.

Free radicals are technical warriors. Here goes the short version...Free radicals, with their electrons missing, react with other molecules in the cells (such as protein or DNA) and rob them of an electron in order to restore stability. This process is called oxidation and can ultimately cause damage to a cell.

Oxidation occurs inside each and every cell of all living animals and humans because free radicals are produced as a result of normal bodily processes such as the release of adrenaline. Environmental factors (such as nuclear radiation, x-rays, UV rays from the sun, tobacco smoke, food additives, chemical pollutants such as pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides) can also cause free radicals to release.

It is believed that oxidation and the release of free radical can cause cell damages resulting in numerous diseases and speed up the aging process.

Antioxidants work by giving up one of its electrons to the free radical, thereby neutralizing it and preventing it from attacking DNA or causing lipids to oxidize. Once it gives up an electron, the antioxidant loses its antioxidizing function and has to be replaced by other antioxidants.

Vitamins A, C, and E, Carotenoids, Selenium, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) are all powerful antioxidants.

Animals require antioxidants like people because they are exposed to environmental pollutants and harmful chemicals such as pesticides, insecticides, and cigarette smoke, and the presence of these pollutants and chemicals cause free radicals to release and cause oxidation in the dogs' bodies.

Many pets do not eat enough fresh veggies and fruits to get the antioxidants needed for their bodies. Animals that are eating commercial pet food particularly need supplementation with antioxidants because such pet food contains a minimal amount of antioxidants.

Antioxidants benefit overall health but are especially useful for: 

Arthritis and joint problems such as hip dysplasia

Skin allergies

Eye problems such as cataracts

Respiratory problems such as asthma

Autoimmune disorders

Chronic infections resulting in suppressed immunity

Heart disease

Cancer

The table below details the function of antioxidants in relationship to specific diseases and conditions.  

Antioxidants

Functions:

Beneficial For Dogs With:

Vitamin A

Helpful for the growth and repair of body tissues

Assists in the maintenance of healthy skin and mucous membrane

Good for the eyes

Eye problems (i.e. cataracts)

Respiratory problems (i.e. asthma)

Skin problems (i.e. eczema)

Vitamin C

Promotes wound healing

Strengthens blood vessels

Maintains healthy skin

Strengthens immune system and helps prevent and resist infections

Chronic infections

Allergies

Weakened immune systems

Skin problems (i.e. eczema)

Vitamin E

Slows down cellular aging caused by oxidation

Strengthens cells by bringing nourishments to them

Strengthens capillary walls

Assists in the maintenance of healthy skin

Skin irritations and allergies

Heart problems

Cancer

Selenium

Slows down cellular aging caused by oxidation

Promotes and preserves tissue elasticity

Assists in the maintenance of healthy membrane tissue

Cancer (prevention & treatment)

Inflammations and infections (i.e. IBD)

Heart problems

Carotenoids

Effective scavengers of a free radical called "singlet oxygen" thereby preventing lipid peroxidation

Prevent degenerative diseases

Strengthen and protects eye membranes

Reduce incidence of cataracts

Eye problems (i.e.. cataracts)

Cancer (prevention & treatment)

Allergies

Respiratory problems

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Scavenges hydroxyl radicals, singlet oxygen and hypochlorous acid

Removes heavy metals by chelation

Regenerates other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, and Coenzyme Q10

Anti-aging

Cancer (prevention & treatment)

Beneficial to aging dogs

Coenzyme Q10

Strengthens the heart muscle

Prevents cellular damage caused by oxidation

Improves carbohydrate metabolism

Maintains gum health

Heart disease

Gum disease

Immune problems

Beneficial to aging dogs

Grape Seed Extract 
(The bioflavonoids in GSE, proanthocyanidins, are powerful antioxidants)

Cancer prevention

Prevents cellular damage caused by oxidation

Supports and maintains healthy skin condition

Improves blood circulation

Prevents premature aging

Heart problems

Skin problems

Cancer

Beneficial to aging dogs

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies help to support overall systemic health and wellness, to provide protection against disease and infections, to support immunity and cellular response, to provide nutrients, as an anti-aging resource, useful for autoimmune disorders, including allergies, liver and kidney problems, cardiovascular dysfunctions, and immune system stress, to cleanse toxins from the body and nourish the liver and kidneys, and may be useful in the prevention of cancer in dogs and cats.

I Cell-Ebrate Life - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Kick Start My Heart – (learn more) is used as a cardio tonic to improve the heart and circulatory systems, to strengthen heart muscles, to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, to support muscle and cell healing for all parts of the body including the brain, to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels, to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic to stimulate alpha brain waves, to promote healthy brain function and for its benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.

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Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

I Want Liquid Immunity - (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), to promote immunity, cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste, to help treat bacterial infections and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

 

 

 

 

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