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Anti-oxidants are known for their health benefits. They fight against harmful molecules which are called free radicals. It stops the damage and also is known to help in the process of recuperation. Our pets are more exposed than us to harmful bacteria and chemicals. Antioxidants helps the pets immune system to ward off any potential threat of disease from such exposures.
Contribution of antioxidant
Antioxidants can keep food fresh for our pets to a considerably longer period. It also helps in preventing the following diseases
- Skin problem
- Immunity disorder
- Dermatological problems
- Geriatric problems
If your pet is sick or aging, his body will produce more and more free radicals that may deteriorate his overall health condition. If anti-oxidants are present in the pet’s diet then their body gets equipped to fight the ill effects of the free radicals. Even for a healthy pet generous supply of anti-oxidant will mean less frequent ailments as their immune system will get a boost.
Role of antioxidants
Ideally speaking a balanced diet which is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and selenium will ensure a steady flow of antioxidants to your pets.
Vitamin A – It is a fat-soluble, plant-based vitamin which is found in many fruits and vegetables. It is essential for
- Healthy eyesight
- Good skin and mucous membrane
- Growth and development
- Blood circulation
- Strong bones and teeth
Vitamin A deficiency most commonly manifests with the trouble in eyesight. Severe deficiency can even cause loss of eyesight.
Vitamin C – It is a water soluble vitamin and the most effective antioxidant known for its immunity boosting elements. It gives protection and helps in
- Controlling damage to collagen and it aids in its production
- Healing process of wounds, injury
- Strengthens thymus gland and aids t-cell production (helps to resist bacterial and viral infection)
- Absorption of iron and folic acid
Lack of vitamin C in your pet may mean painful joints, you may notice a limp in their walk. Bleeding gums or delay in healing of a wound, frequent bruising, recurrent allergy episodes and dermatitis also can be indicative of vitamin C deficiency.
Vitamin E – It is fat soluble and available from both plant and animal sources. It helps in
- Protects red blood cells
- Helps against the oxidation process
- Slows down cellular aging
- Gives nourishment to cell
A paucity of this powerful antioxidant or vitamin may mean failure to reproduce, destruction of red blood cells, unnatural fat deposit and dry skin.
Carotenoids – Present in plants in abundance. They work towards protection and maintenance of healthy tissue and cells. A deficiency may mean your pet may appear fatigued, listless and suffering from respiratory distress.
Selenium – It is a mineral that acts towards healthy cell and membrane structure and plasticity respectively. It is also known to give your pet a healthy, youthful vigor. The absence of selenium in your pet’s diet may mean he may have sagging skin or heart related problems. Over consumption of selenium is also harmful.
Though a balanced diet is the goal to maintain good health for your pets you can also consider supplements rich in antioxidants to ensure better health prospects for your pet. A nutritious diet enhanced with antioxidants ensures better quality of life for your pets.