Balancing free radicals with antioxidants for your dog’s eye health.
You’ve probably heard the term “Free Radicals”. Also known as Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Free Radicals are everywhere in life – in our bodies and in the air and materials around us. These highly unstable molecules are generated at the cellular level as a natural response to environmental stressors such as inflammation, radiation from sunlight and many environmental toxins such as air pollutants. Fortunately, nature has provided a way to counteract free radicals by balancing this chemical reaction with antioxidants. But what happens as our natural antioxidants start decreasing?
When Free Radicals outnumber the natural antioxidant pathways in a cell, the result is known as oxidative stress, which ultimately inhibits the body’s natural healing processes and, eventually, leads to cell death.
Optimizing eye health
The cells of the canine retina are especially susceptible to oxidative stress-induced damage because of their high oxygen consumption and exposure to light, which can lead to death of photoreceptors (rods and cones) in the retina, and blindness.
As antioxidant levels diminish with age, adding an antioxidant supplement can reduce the damage caused by the oxidative stressors of daily living.
The key antioxidants that support ocular health include:
Grapeseed extract – grapeseed extract is rich in a potent antioxidant called proanthocyanidins, which are very powerful free radical scavengers, have anti-inflammatory properties and may inhibit formation of certain types of cataracts.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin — Lutein and Zeaxanthin are carotenoid antioxidants that are necessary for protection of the retina and lens. These powerful antioxidants have been shown to decrease the risk and severity of certain retinal diseases, show age-related cataract formation in certain models and improve overall immune health.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids — Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized by the body. Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) has potent anti-inflammatory effects, supports retinal health and may protect against certain types of cataracts and retinal degenerative diseases.
To protect your dog’s eyes, look for a supplement that’s easy to administer and includes these and other eye supportive ingredients.
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