Put the Brakes on Excessive Cellular Aging... And Help Your Pet Live a Long, Healthy Life

Research shows that antioxidants can make a significant difference in your pet’s cellular and organ health, quality of life, and even longevity. Is your pet getting all the antioxidants they need for optimal health?

As a veterinarian and a pet owner, I know there’s one basic truth you’re sure to agree with: Our pets’ healthy lives are far too short.

Whether you raise that cute ball of fuzz from puppy- or kitten-hood, or open your door to a frightened, abandoned adult dog or cat, you embrace them as family. You love and protect them, and do all you can to help them live a long, healthy life.

Eventually, and often too soon with little notice, they leave us, breaking our hearts in ways that only fellow pet parents can comprehend.

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Our pets' lives are way too short

The rate at which our pets age is truly astonishing...

Your pet ages exponentially over his or her lifetime with the greatest amount of aging occurring in the first year.

For dogs of all sizes, they age 15 human years in just the first 12 months of life!

Most dogs age equally until about age six, and then large breeds shoot ahead of the others. By age 7, a large breed dog equals 50 in human years, compared to 44 human years for small breeds.

It’s a little less precise with cats...

However, most experts now agree that the first two years of a cat’s life equal the first 25 years of a human’s life!

After age two, each additional year of your kitty’s life equals about four of yours. By the time your cat reaches six, she’s approximately 41 in human years.

But here’s the deal... As if your pet’s normal aging isn’t fast enough, many owners speed it up even faster at the cellular level by the mistakes they inadvertently make each day...

Daily Mistakes That Can Speed Up Your Pet’s Rate of Cellular Aging – And Make Their Cells Age Faster Than They Need To

Many of the pet parents I talk to are often surprised to learn that they may be speeding up their pet’s rate of aging on the cellular level, which, of course, can impact both longevity and overall health.

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There's much you can do to help your pet live a long, healthy life

And they’re equally stunned to discover that they can take steps to help slow that rate down if it’s excessive!

The two biggest factors that influence your pet’s rate of cellular aging are diet and environment.

Depending on what you feed your pet, or the environment in which they live, your cat or dog’s rate of cellular aging can speed up or slow down. These known factors increase the rate of aging on the cellular level:

  • Eating a commercially prepared, processed diet
  • Obesity and sedentary lifestyle
  • Drinking chlorinated or fluoridated water
  • Exposure to toxins in the environment, indoors and outside
  • Excessive vaccinations

I know some of these factors may seem totally out of your control. However, there are a few simple steps that can make a significant difference...

7 Simple Steps You Can Take to Help Protect Your Pet Against Excessive Cellular Aging

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The Mercola Whole Home Air Purifier is a simple way to provide clear air throughout your home for you and your pets

The good news is you can also influence these same factors to help protect your pet against some of the potentially negative effects of aging. Some simple steps you can take include:

  1. Make sure your pet gets enough antioxidants in his or her diet
  2. Maintain your pet’s ideal body weight and keep your pet active throughout her life
  3. Supply drinking water that’s been filtered through a high quality water purifier
  4. Use an effective air purifier in your home to reduce airborne toxins
  5. Avoid toxic home furnishings, synthetic air fresheners, and harsh chemical-laden cleaners
  6. Minimize unnecessary vaccinations (request antibody titer tests to determine your pet’s true need)
  7. Avoid shampoos and treatments such as flea and tick treatments that contain potentially hazardous ingredients and harsh chemicals

Keep in mind, your dog or cat’s environmental toxic load is much greater than yours for several reasons. She’s smaller in size, doesn’t take daily showers, and her body is in direct contact with toxins on the ground outdoors and in your home.

Plus, your pet ingests more toxins in the food they eat every day, especially if they are eating a commercially prepared processed diet.

Of the seven steps I outlined above, getting enough antioxidants may be the most important thing you can do to protect your pet.

The Wonder of Antioxidants and How They Help Protect Your Pet Against Damaging Free Radicals

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Red raspberries are rich in antioxidants

Free radicals are unstable molecules that travel throughout your pet’s body, searching for electrons to steal from stable molecules to stabilize themselves.

When they succeed, they spur new unstable molecules – and create more free radicals.

Free radicals can alter how genes express themselves, and not in a good way. Plus, they can damage cell membranes, leading to oxidative stress and inflammation which contributes to cellular aging.

Stress, pollution, poor diet, and all the other factors that speed up the rate of cellular aging produce free radicals. But so does all the normal cellular and metabolic activity inside your pet’s body...

By taking the steps I outlined above, you can help control the amount of free radicals your pet’s body produces.

Antioxidants play a significant role in controlling the effects of free radicals. They help gobble up and neutralize free radicals in your pet’s body before they can damage healthy cells and tissues in your pet’s brain, heart and other organs.

Pound for pound, your pet’s body needs more antioxidants to help combat all the everyday dietary and environmental stressors and to slow down the effects of excessive cellular aging.

Real Proof That Antioxidants Play a Role in Cellular Aging, Longevity, and Quality of Life in Your Pet

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A 7-year study of 90 cats showed multiple benefits from a high-antioxidant diet

There’s no question that antioxidants are important for your and my health. But what about our pets? Can antioxidants help cats and dogs the same way?

The short answer is yes. Antioxidants work in a similar manner in your pet’s body as they do in yours. Overall, animals with the highest levels of antioxidants in their bloodstream tend to show the most benefits.

Antioxidants appear to provide cellular support for the brain, heart, muscles, skin, eyes, liver, kidneys, and other organs.

Here are just some of the studies that highlight the benefits of antioxidant-rich diets in both dogs and cats:

  • In a seven-year study of 90 cats aged 7 to 17, the group receiving an antioxidant-rich diet showed less decrease in lean muscle mass, improved body weight, skin thickness and red cell quality, significantly longer life span, and improvement in quality of life
  • Several studies on older dogs show that a diet enriched in antioxidants reduces cognitive dysfunction and may result in significant improvement in cognitive function and memory
  • A group of mixed adult dogs fed an antioxidant blend showed higher levels of circulating levels of antioxidants, a decrease in cellular DNA, and improved immunological performance
  • A group of adult beagles had higher antioxidant blood levels when fed a mixture of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables
  • A study of 62 Alaskan sled dogs confirmed that dietary supplementation with antioxidants resulted in in higher blood levels of antioxidants and decreased DNA oxidation and increased resistance of lipoproteins to oxidation

And it’s not just middle age or older pets who can benefit from antioxidant supplementation...

Why Some Younger Pets May Also Need More Antioxidants

A recent study suggests cell damage from excessive free radicals can start at an early age in some animals.

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Large and giant breed puppies may benefit from extra antioxidants at an early age

Wanting to understand why smaller dogs appear to age more slowly than large ones, the researchers took a closer look at how free radicals and oxidative stress influence the aging process.

Through veterinarians, they collected about 80 tissue samples from both large and small breeds of varying ages, from puppies to senior pets. Analyzing the samples, they found some alarming differences.

The energy and free radical production, as well as the amount of antioxidants, in the cells from the adult dogs was the same for both large and small breeds.

However, the cells from large breed puppies had excessive amounts of free radicals. And these levels far outstripped the antioxidants’ ability to neutralize them.

Large breed puppies have faster metabolisms and growth rates than smaller breeds. The researchers suggested that this increased metabolic activity results in more free radical production and that cellular damage starts accumulating at a young age in larger dogs.

Needless to say, his type of early cell damage can have long-lasting and serious effects on the well-being of your pet for the rest of his life.

In light of this important study, I believe it’s only prudent to provide supplemental antioxidants to large and giant breeds to help destroy free radicals before they can do damage, and to potentially extend longevity.

Why You Can’t Depend on Commercial Diets to Provide the High Quality Plant- and Fruit-Based Antioxidants Your Pet May Need for a Long, Healthy Life

Sure, you’ll find some antioxidants in commercially prepared pet foods...

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Diets designed for “adult” pets don’t contain adequate high quality antioxidants

Food makers add antioxidants to their products to help keep food fresh and to help protect fats and fat-soluble vitamins like A and E from oxidation.

While they may use both artificial and natural antioxidants, they prefer to use synthetic and potentially toxic antioxidants like ethoxyquin, BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole).

Manufacturers claim synthetic antioxidants keep food ingredients fresher longer and provide a longer shelf life than “natural” antioxidants like tocopherol or vitamin E, ascorbic acid or vitamin C, citric acid, and rosemary.

Synthetic and even many so-called “natural” antioxidants are not from the plant and fruit-derived source I prefer.

Most of the synthetic nutrients used in the vast majority of commercial pet foods are laboratory-made and come from China.

In addition to no long-term studies on the systemic effects of these imported ingredients, there are other concerning issues pet owners should be aware of, including the use of genetically engineered plants for the production of vitamin E, as well as glyphosate residues that are not measured or evaluated.

And here’s another problem with antioxidants and processed foods...

AAFCO, who sets the standards for nutritionally complete and balanced pet foods, doesn’t recognize a “senior” category. Adult pet food is designed for pets over the age of one through senior.

However, we know that once an animal hits mid-life (around six years of age), he needs more antioxidants than a younger pet, much like middle-aged humans require more to counteract the effects of cellular aging.

The pet food industry just doesn’t formulate their products to provide the increased levels of antioxidants that many pets need!

Introducing My Complete Plant- and Fruit-Derived Antioxidants for Extra Free Radical-Scavenging Support

I’m fully aware that over 90 percent of pet parents, for various reasons, are not able to supply their pets with a homemade diet made from fresh, whole foods naturally high in antioxidants.

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Pets of all shapes, sizes, and ages can benefit from extra antioxidants

For that reason, I wanted to develop a more complete antioxidant product that would help meet the increased antioxidant needs of pets who:

  • Eat a commercially prepared processed diet
  • Have reached middle age and need more antioxidants to provide free radical scavenging support
  • May be genetically disposed to age faster, such as large and giant breed dogs and puppies
  • Have pre-existing medical conditions or are genetically disposed
  • Live in a toxic environment (that just about covers all pets!)
  • Have increased antioxidant needs because of a stressful lifestyle or exposure to various stressors, such as excessive vaccinations or flea treatments
  • Live active, working lives, such as service dogs 

And, I wanted this antioxidant supplement to be wholly from plants and fruits, not synthetic sources like other products on the market.

My Antioxidants for Cats and Dogs provides high-quality antioxidant support from a unique formulation of four of the very best antioxidants available today.

My Go-to Source for Antioxidant Vitamin C: Acerola Cherries

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Acerola cherries contain the highest levels of antioxidant vitamin C of any fruit

Belonging to the Malpighiaceae family of shrubs native to the Antilles, acerola cherries are known by many names: Barbados Cherries,West-Indian Cherry, Cerise des Antilles, Cerise de la Barbade, Puerto Rican Cherry, Amazon Cherry, and Malpighia glabra.

No matter its name, acerola cherries have many unique attributes:

  • High levels of antioxidants, compared to other antioxidant-rich Amazonian fruits
  • Polyphenolic anthocyanidin compounds including chlorogenic acid, tannins, and quercetin
  • The highest content of antioxidant vitamin C of any fruit or berry
  • Chlorogenic acid to support healthy blood sugar levels

Antioxidant vitamin C along with the potent phytochemicals in acerola work together to provide powerful free radical scavenging support.

I like to use acerola with my pet patients because it’s the best natural source of antioxidant vitamin C out there, and it has high bioavailability, an important factor for antioxidants.

My Antioxidants for Cats and Dogs contains 250 mg of Acerola fruit extract per scoop.

The Almighty Resveratrol From Japanese Knotweed

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Japanese knotweed is a rich source of resveratrol

Ever hear of the “French Paradox?” While some may regard it as a long-standing myth, research now connects the dots between the French culture’s love of wine and health.

The grapes used to make red wine – as well as a number of other plants – contain a potent antioxidant known as resveratrol.

Resveratrol, also known as 3,4',5-trihydroxystilbene, is a naturally occurring compound found in grapes, certain berries, and a plant called Japanese knotweed.

While researchers have known about the resveratrol in grapes since the 1930s, it wasn’t isolated from Japanese knotweed until 1963.

Regardless, Japanese knotweed has long been used in China and Japan as a traditional herbal remedy. I prefer using knotweed for my source of resveratrol, instead of grapes, for my veterinary patients.

I’ve been using Japanese knotweed in my practice for over 20 years. I believe it to be one of the most potent, wide-spectrum antioxidants available today. It’s terrific for slowing down age-related changes and for supporting cell health.

What I find most interesting about resveratrol is how it helps protect the plants it’s found in. Resveratrol acts as potent antioxidant that protects plants against everyday stressors, such as injury, excessive UV radiation, drastic climate changes, and infectious agents. In essence, it helps increase the life span of the plants.

A polyphenolic compound with strong antioxidant properties, resveratrol helps combat damaging free radicals throughout the body.  Because it’s one of the rare nutrients that can cross the blood-brain barrier, it may help quell damaging free radicals in your pet’s brain, too.

The resveratrol in Japanese knotweed has been shown in animal studies to:

  • Help protect brain and nervous system health
  • Help improve brain blood flow
  • Possibly improve learning and memory
  • Support mitochondrial and metabolic health, and promote the creation of new mitochondria in the cells
  • Promote heathy cell growth and division

For me, it’s a no-brainer to use this with my patients who I feel can use extra antioxidant support. The Japanese knotweed extract in my formula is standardized to provide 25 mg of resveratrol per scoop.

Red Raspberries – Tops for Antioxidant Potential

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Red Raspberry Powder provides a very high antioxidant potential in the body

Everyone’s familiar with raspberries, but do you know what makes them so valuable for health?

Raspberries have a wealth of antioxidants and phytonutrients that fight free radicals and support a healthy inflammatory response.

Some of the special compounds that raspberries have include: ellagitannins that are important for cell signaling and antioxidant phenolic flavonoids like quercetin, catechins, salicylic acid, and cyanidins.

The antioxidant vitamin C content in raspberries is tremendous, giving these berries one of the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) value of any fruit. ORAC can be useful as a measure of antioxidant potential in the body from any food – and raspberries are tops!

I like to use raspberries as treats for this very reason – their high antioxidant potential makes them a useful tool for protecting the body against damaging free radicals.

My Antioxidants for Cats and Dogs contains 200 mg of Red Raspberry Fruit Powder per scoop.

Decaffeinated Green Tea – A Health Tonic for You, and Ditto for Your Pet

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Green tea leaves provide the same benefits for your pet as they do for you

Most likely you’ve heard about all the potential health benefits of green tea.

Whatever benefits you, benefits your dog or cat, as far as green tea is concerned. Green tea is known for an ingredient called epigallocatechin-3 gallate or EGCG, a polyphenol that has potent antioxidant properties.

Just one of the catechins, or antioxidants in green tea, this group of compounds has been shown in animal studies to offer important protective benefits for cells, tissues, and organs.

Another study on dogs shows that nutritional doses of green tea extract may improve insulin sensitivity and support a healthy lipid profile. And it may also affect the expression of genes involved in glucose and lipid homeostasis.

I’ve used decaffeinated green tea extract extensively as a stand-alone product with my patients for years.

Now I’m now to announce that it’s part of my Antioxidants for Cats and Dogs, and has been standardized to provide 60 mg of polyphenols per scoop.

Customize Your Pet’s Support - Perfect for Pairing With Other Healthy Pet Supplements

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A King Charles Spaniel could benefit by combining Antioxidants with Ubiquinol

My Antioxidants for Cats and Dogs is perfect for combining with some of my other Healthy Pets products for customized, synergistic support.

For example, try combining Antioxidants with:

  • Ubiquinol for extra heart support for pets like King Charles Cavalier Spaniels
  • Bladder Support for cats to promote healthy and comfortable urinary tract function
  • Astaxanthin for total antioxidant support for any animal

There are many different types of antioxidants and they function differently in your pet’s body.

For example, while Antioxidants is a great source of the antioxidant vitamin C, it doesn’t contain beta carotene, another stellar antioxidant found in Astaxanthin.

I encourage you to mix and match Antioxidants with my other outstanding products, like SpiruGreen, Astaxanthin, Ubiquinol, and Bladder Support for customized support for your pet!

Order My Antioxidants for Cats and Dogs... and Help Apply the Brakes to Your Pet’s Excessive Cellular Aging

I recommend Antioxidants for Cats and Dogs for any pet who falls into one or more of the following categories. One category is enough, but if your pet lands in more than one, his or her need for extra antioxidants multiply!

Antioxidants for Pets
  • Eat a commercially prepared processed diet
  • Have reached middle age and need more antioxidants to provide free radical scavenging support
  • May be genetically disposed to age faster, such as large and giant breed dogs and puppies
  • Have pre-existing medical conditions or are genetically disposed
  • Live in a toxic environment (that just about covers all pets!)
  • Have increased antioxidant needs because of a stressful lifestyle or exposure to various stressors, such as excessive vaccinations or flea treatments
  • Live active, working lives, such as service dogs

By providing your pet with the antioxidants they need, you’re taking a giant step to helping to protect their cells, tissues and organs.

Order my Antioxidants for Cats and Dogs today and help give your pet his or her best shot at living a long, healthy life.

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