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Staying fit and healthy is important to us and humans are constantly looking for the “fountain of youth” to slow the process of growing older. We look for items containing antioxidants to reduce the risk of chronic degenerative conditions and to support our immune system. What are antioxidants? Vitamins, minerals, enzymes or other chemical compounds that stop the process of oxidation. Vitamins A, C, and E, Carotenoids, Selenium, Coenzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) are all powerful antioxidants. Best sources are from natural foods such as berries (blue, black, raspberries) and dark leafy green veggies such as spinach and kale as well as broccoli, beets and carrots.

Can our canine companions benefit from such antioxidants as well? Absolutely! Our senior pups and those with a not-so-strong immune system will prosper the most, but all dogs would benefit from the addition of antioxidants to their diets (especially commercial foods). Vitamin A maintains healthy skin while Vitamin C strengthens blood vessels and the immune system in resisting infection. Vitamin E strengthens cells by providing nourishment and Selenium aids in slowing down cellular aging. Several herbs such as turmeric, thyme and parsley contain a lot of vitamins and are powerful antioxidants. And don’t forget Green Tea which is most helpful in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. Only Natural Pet has a wonderful formula for dogs and cats called Whole Food Antioxidant Blend. The ingredients in this chewable supplement are black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, cabbage palm, pomegranate, milk thistle, decaffeinated green tea, alpha-lipoic acid, and turmeric. So while you’re trying to turn back the hands of time for yourself, don’t forget your most loved companion.

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