Antioxidants are molecules found in foods that can deactivate free radicals. Vitamins and minerals are common antioxidants. Vitamins A, C and E all have well known antioxidant properties, as do selenium, glutathione, and superoxide dismutase (SOD). But why should pet owners be concerned about free radicals?
Most free radicals are formed by normal metabolic processes. These molecules are missing an electron and can react with and cause damage to many structures in the body. They play a role in the aging process, immune dysfunction, and the progression of many diseases. The body has natural defenses against free radicals, but they can be overwhelmed when an animal is sick, exposed to environmental toxins, or is not getting good enough nutrition.
Antioxidant supplements for pets can boost your dog or cat’s ability to fight the effects of free radicals. Look for supplements like Proanthozone that contain selenium, glutathione, SOD or essential vitamins like A, C or E.