Antioxidants and Your Pet

All animals’ bodies are made up of trillions of cells. A cell is essentially a bag of salt water. A variety of tiny cellular organs float around inside the cell, along with many specialized molecules, that help the cell perform its functions as well as general maintenance.

Mitochondria are specialized little engines that produce energy through a reaction between cellular fuel (usually glucose) and oxygen. This process also produces a balanced pair of “redox signaling molecules” that perform many vital functions for the cell.

We are accustomed to thinking that it is important to have a healthy liver or a strong immune system, but the level at which all animals truly live and die is at the cellular level. What we should really be focusing on is having healthy heart cells, or healthy immune cells. In fact, the quality life is determined by the health of the body’s cells!

As animals (including humans) age, they produce fewer mitochondria; and fewer mitochondria means fewer redox signaling molecules. These molecules are fragile and reactive; at most, they survive a few minutes in the body. Less signaling molecules means that our cells don’t repair themselves as efficiently, and they don’t communicate as effectively. Over time, oxygen free radicals accumulate and damage cells and even DNA, creating oxidative stress, which in turn causes inflammation. The result of this chronic, ongoing inflammation is aging and the degenerative changes that go along with it — joint stiffness, poor digestion, impaired immunity, and less “get up and go.”

The body has many defenses against damage from inflammation; but one of the most important is antioxidants. The body makes its own master antioxidants (glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase or SOD, and catalase), which work efficiently and effectively to neutralize free radicals whenever and wherever they get out of control. We can also take in outside antioxidants; for example, by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain natural antioxidants that plants make for their own defense.

However, the body’s own master antioxidants are far better than blueberry or green tea antioxidants: they can neutralize tens of millions of antioxidants per second, compared to only one. And they are much more mobile. Our master antioxidants are recognized by the body’s cells, which allows them to move throughout the entire body, and bind with receptors that allow them to cross cell walls as well as the blood-brain barriter. Plant antioxidants can only work in the bloodstream, not in the cells. Despite these limitations, scientific research shows that plant antioxidants work very well for many diseases; so just imagine how much better it would be to increase the supply and speed of the body’s own master antioxidants!

Antioxidants have gotten a ton of attention in recent years, yet it may be surprising to learn that they don’t work simply because the body makes them or the animal ingests them. They have to be activated before they can do their job. And a balanced pair of redox signaling molecules is the “on” switch for all kinds of antioxidants.

But remember, we and our pets produce fewer and fewer redox signaling molecules as we age. Until now, there was no way to create more in a usable form.

Fortunately, many years of research and development finally led to a breakthrough when a scientist discovered how to stabilize redox signaling molecules, and capture them in liquid form that can be consumed. Drinking bottled signaling molecules works quickly to replenish the body’s own depleted supplies, because:

  1. They are only about the size of a water molecule (3-4 atoms each); they can pass quickly through cell walls, the blood-brain barrier, and even the nuclear membrane that surrounds the cell’s vital DNA.
  2. They are messaging molecules; they flow quickly and directly to where they’re needed.
  3. They stimulate increased production of endogenous antioxidants, which increases the body’s defensive capacity.
  4. They increase antioxidant effectiveness by up to 500%.

While redox signaling molecules don’t prevent, treat, or cure any disease, or really “do” anything themselves, it’s amazing what positive changes people and animals can experience when their trillions of cells are suddenly able to work correctly, become healthier, and work together in harmony! Increased energy, less discomfort, and resolution of physical problems are just some of the many results that people and animals have experienced when taking stabilized redox signaling molecules!

If your pet has a medical condition, please discuss all supplement use with your veterinarian.

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