The Importance of Antioxidants for Cats and Dogs
Published September 24, 2013 | By Terry
Antioxidant – we have all heard the term being used but what are they and what do they really do?
An antioxidant is a substance that protects normal body cells, from the damage of free radicals.
Free radicals are produced from the oxidation that occurs with metabolism and its production of energy. Free radicals have been implicated in the changing of the structure of normal cells causing catastrophic disorders, like heart diseases, auto-immunity, cancer and many other severe disorders.
Each antioxidant has a function and they work together to protect each other and this is referred to as an antioxidant network. When any one of these antioxidants finds a free radical, the antioxidant combines with the free radicals and engulfs it and incorporates it within itself.
Each of these antioxidant networks has their own job to do. There are antioxidants that are fat soluble, like vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. These fat soluble antioxidants seem to only affect the surface of many cells that are fat soluble and made of a fat called lipid.
The inside of the cells are water based so that usually only water based antioxidants, can get into the cell itself, like Vitamin C. However it has been discovered that the antioxidant, lipoic acid, can do its job not only within the cell and also on its surface as well.
Another important benefit of antioxidants are their ability to reduce elevated adrenal estrogen with their estrogen inhibitors. As we now know, elevated estrogen is very damaging to the body’s systems.
There are apparently hundreds of naturally occurring antioxidants that are manufactured in the body and also occur in foods and supplements. The antioxidants that occur in the body, come from vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, Coenzyme Q, and many others.
Many of the following fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants plus estrogen inhibitors – berries, broccoli, cabbage, citrus fruits, figs, grapes, green beans, melons, millet, onions, onions, pineapple , squashes, tapioca, and wheat flower…all contain estrogen inhibitors and antioxidants…however; apples, cherries, dates and pomegranates do not
But be careful as you or your pet may have an allergy to some of these, if so, their value to you or your pet may be greatly reduced. Always remember, no matter how healthy the food or supplement may be, even if it is totally natural, it’s possible it can also be harmful to you or your pet. Look for signs of an allergy or skin sensitivity on your pet’s body and/or listen to your own. In today’s negatively altered environment, being aware will help you to be forewarned.
Yours in Health, Michael Goldman
About the Author: Michael Goldman is an entrepreneur, teacher, writer/author, & animal care provider, who along with his wife Terry are best known as the founders of the Healthy Pet Network. As respected authorities and consultants regarding Animal Health & Longevity, they help people with their pets health & well being. Their “passion” is the continued development of the Healthy Pet Network Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. The Rescue and Sanctuary provides a home, food, medical attention and love for homeless or injured animals.
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