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Understanding Antioxidants
Oxidation's Effect on the Body
We all know that oxygen is important. All of us humans and our companion animals need oxygen to survive. Obviously, oxygen is good. However, oxygen can do just the opposite, too. If you are like me, you wouldn't like watching apples turn brown after being cut, or iron get rusty. Oxygen is the culprit. That is the result of oxidation.

What if this same oxidation happens in our bodies or in the bodies of our pets? What would it be like?

Oxidation produces molecules called free radicals in the body. Free radicals are usually by-products of normal metabolism. Simple breathing can produce free radicals. The body's defense system can usually take care of free radicals by neutralizing them. However, if free radicals are produced in such an overwhelming way that the body cannot handle, problems arise. Environmental factors such as pollutants, and poor quality diet can be the causes of rapid free radical formation in the body.

Excessive amount of free radicals may create various problems in your pets. Your dogs and cats may age quicker as a result of large amount of free radicals attacking inside their bodies. The oxidation happening in the body of your pet is just like oxidation causing iron to get rusty.

There is usually a way to keep free radicals at bay. Substances called antioxidants which are produced by the body can handle free radicals. Antioxidants, as you can assume from the word, work against oxygen in the body. However, as I mentioned earlier, recent environments which our pets live in are often more than your pets' bodies can handle - air and water pollutions, chemical preservatives and artificial flavors in low-quality pet foods or synthetic materials in modern cleaning products, to name a few.

Eating natural and nutritionally balanced foods will give your canine and feline friends more healthful advantage than eating only low-quality overly processed foods. Wholesome foods are naturally abundant with many antioxidants. Well-known and well-studied nutrients that serve as antioxidants are vitamins such as A, C and E, and mineral such as selenium.

The role of antioxidants is to combat free radicals and help protect our pets' (and ours, too) bodies, and keep the body function normal. Antioxidants also maintain the body's immune function. Antioxidants play very crucial roles in keeping your pets healthy!

Do you enjoy a variety of natural foods? Do you eat lots of fruits and vegetables to stay healthy? What about your dogs and cats? Do their diets meet their nutritional needs with good meat and vegetable sources? Fortifying your pets' diet with antioxidants will be another step forward to "optimum" health.


Special Note: Although every effort has been made to present healthy products and useful information to support your pets' health, the products and information contained within this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The contents of this site are not meant as a substitute for consultation with a trained veterinarian. If you are concerned about the health of your pets, you should ask your veterinarian for proper guidance suited to the specific condition of your pets. The owners of this website accept no liability for any consequences resulting from the use of products and/or information provided through this site. Please use your discretion when attending to your pets' health.
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