A lot is made about antioxidants in the media and many people might be tempted to pass it off as a fad or pseudo-science. However, just with human foods, those rich in antioxidants can have a positive effect on the health of a pet. Foods in our diets that have a lot of vitamin A, C and E are great sources of antioxidants which is why so it is recommended that we eat our vegetables and fruit. Small red beans are rated as the number one antioxidant source with wild blueberries also having a large number. Other nutrients such as beta-carotene and selenium are also carriers of antioxidants which means any pet owner can look up the ingredients of their pet food to see just how much might be present.
The antioxidants in these foods help to neutralise ‘free radicals’ that are generated as a by-product of the metabolism. Ultimately, free radicals harm cells, so the application for antioxidants is clear. This is particularly important when it comes to young organisms whose cells are at heightened risk due to age, although getting enough antioxidants is important at any age. Having a scientifically proven recipe that builds in these antioxidants can go a long way to preventing a number of diseases. Building a healthy, functioning immune system relies on continuously getting enough antioxidants. Premature aging can be result without them and is a sign of increased cellular damage. It is also integral to the proper function of the immune system.