This is the question that my friends ask me whenever I casually mention the fact that I give antioxidant supplements to my dog. They, like many other dog owners, are under the impression that antioxidant supplements are only meant for human beings. They are, however, wrong. Let me tell you why.
There are two reasons why a good antioxidant for dogs is absolutely necessary.
1. Dogs live in a highly polluted environment. They are exposed to various pollutants and environmental toxins. This can affect their health significantly. To counter the effects of these toxins, a good antioxidant supplement is very important.
2. Animals in the wild often eat certain medicinal herbs to eliminate the toxins from their body. Domesticated dogs, as you know, do not have access to these herbs and are not able to cleanse their body regularly. This leads to a toxin buildup, which increases the risks of a wide range of diseases including cancer. A good antioxidant supplement with herbal extracts can cleanse your dog's system and avoid toxin buildup.
The answer to the question 'why do dogs need antioxidants' is pretty clear now, isn't it? Let us now take a look at some of the important ingredients you should look for in an antioxidant supplement for dogs.
Huang Qi is one of the most widely used herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. It is well known for its medicinal properties. It boosts your dog's immune system and makes it naturally stronger. It also increases its metabolic rate and energy levels. So, it is a must-have ingredient in any pet health supplement. Milk Thistle is an herb known for its antioxidant properties. It fights free radicals, prevents inflammation, and keeps your dog young and healthy. So, if you are looking for a powerful antioxidant for dogs, choose a supplement that contains Milk Thistle.
Herbs like Mistletoe, Purple Coneflower, and Cat's Claw are also known for their ability to boost the immune system of dogs, strengthen their vital organs, and keep blood pressure levels under control. So, it is a good idea to choose a natural antioxidant supplement that contains the extracts of all these herbs.
Once you choose the right antioxidant for dogs, make sure you give it to your dog regularly. For best results, make it a part of your dog's regular diet. Since the herbs mentioned above are completely natural, there is no risk of allergic reactions or any other side effects. So, these supplements are completely safe for your dog irrespective of its size, age, or breed.
The answer to the question 'why do dogs need antioxidants', as you can see from the facts given above, is a definite yes. It is, however, important to understand that giving health supplements is not the only way to improve your dog's health. Small changes like giving organic kibble and giving filtered water instead of tap water can have a great effect on your dog's health. So, a healthy diet, clean water, and a regular dose of antioxidant supplements are equally essential for your dog's health.
Jeff Grill is an editor of the Pet Health Guide, which has more information on how dogs need antioxidants. The author also recommends this site for more information on natural remedies and on choosing an antioxidant for dogs.
In a report in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers warn that commonly used herbal medications may cause serious problems in patients during surgery and that more doctors need to know what herbal medications their patients are taking before the operation.
"Many of these herbs can interfere with bodily functions and can cause complications, even death," says University of Chicago researcher Jonathan Moss, one of the study's authors.
The study, a review of 35 years of published research, shows how: gingko biloba, ginseng and garlic, which thin the blood, may cause internal bleeding during and after surgery; ephedra, often used for weight loss, may disrupt heart rate and blood pressure during an operation; kava and valerian, taken as tranquilizers, may prolong the effects of anesthesia; St. John's wort, used as an antidepressant, may weaken the effects of surgical drugs.
An estimated 60 million Americans use some form of herbal remedy. Most of these are common supplements sold at ordinary health food stores across the country. Few people, however, realize the harm these extracts may cause during surgery.
Making matters worse, 70 percent of patients never tell their doctors before an operation what herbal supplements they're taking, and many doctors are not asking.
Amazingly, the study says many doctors are still unaware of the potential risks.
"We traditionally haven't been trained in herbal medication," explains Moss. "We come to this by virtue of the fact our patients often take them."
To reduce the risks, many doctors suggest patients stop taking herbal supplements two weeks before surgery. However, this advice is of little help to patients undergoing emergency operations.
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rinovum Women's Health, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based medical device company focused on reproductive health, announced today that it has received CE mark (European Conformance) for The Stork®. The CE mark will allow for Rinovum to bring The Stork to Europe and other markets that recognize the CE mark. The Stork is a take-home conception aid designed to assist couples with becoming pregnant from the privacy of home.
"As Rinovum delivers The Stork under a prescription today in the U.S., we are excited to expand the technology's reach outside the U.S.," says CEO and Founder, Stephen Bollinger.
Today, approximately 10 million couples in the EU are struggling with fertility issues.1 The Stork was designed to assist those struggling with common fertility difficulties such as: low sperm count, low sperm motility, hostile vaginal environment, ovulation timing and unexplained infertility.
It is a drug-free product that uses a condom-like sheath for collection and a tampon-like applicator for delivery of semen to the cervical opening by way of cervical cap. It is an easy way to "bridge the gap" between natural intercourse and more aggressive assisted reproductive treatments.
The Stork is indicated for home use assisted insemination by couples who are trying to become pregnant. The Stork contains a cervical cap inside a condom-like silicone sheath and an applicator. It is used to collect semen into a cervical cap then deliver it to the outside of the cervix as an aid to conception. The Stork cervical cap should not be left in place for longer than 6 hours.
"Our recent achievement of the CE mark for The Stork is a significant milestone for Rinovum. The Stork can now reach couples trying to conceive in both the EU and Canada. The great news is that The Stork will be available to them without a prescription from a physician. As couples attempt to nudge the stork with ovulation predictor kits, they can now go beyond simple diagnostic support, and get one step close to their goals of building a family naturally," says Mr. Bollinger.
Rinovum Women's Health, Inc. is a privately held women's health company dedicated to bringing products into the market that will enhance women's lives and empower them to take charge of their health. Our first focus is an Rx device, driving towards a direct-to-consumer device, for reproductive health to aid in natural fertility and conception in the privacy of the patients' home. We aim to provide products that are easy-to-use and safe, as well a more economical way for a couple to address some of these issues.
1 Form 8-K/A U.S.S. and Exchange Comm., INVO Biosciences, Dec 2008. Pg. 8
In 1931, a cure for one type of anemia was discovered. The treatment consisted of the yeast extract which contains an active ingredient, folic acid. Although this vitamin's relationship to anemia has been recognized for more than 50 years, research in the last few decades has firmly established folate role in many body functions - essential for health. These expanded roles for folic acid include the prevention of birth defects, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
In the family of nutrition, there are numerous vitamins, minerals, trace minerals and amino acids. It is interesting that of all the nutrients available to us and the hundreds of thousands of published research studies, the only nutrients endorsed by the FDA are folic acid and calcium. Vitamin C still hasn't made the grade.
In a three year study of 818 people over the age of 50, memory and mental agility were all found to be better among the individuals who took just less than 1 mg. of folic acid daily. The group who took a placebo, not folic acid had less mental and short-term memory function. This was reported in the medical journal, Lancet in January 2007.
The most remarkable scientific study done to figure out Alzheimer's was performed in a 15 year period involving over 300 nuns. The nun study was reported by Time magazine in 2001. This was a landmark research study because of the ability to isolate hundreds of variables in a controlled environment. And the nuns allowed the scientists to study their brains after death. The study found that active nuns often faired better mentally than inactive nuns, but that it wasn't absolute. Nuns that prayed a lot or even meditated often did as well as the active nuns. The one and only variable that was across the board, was the nuns deficient in folate had markedly more dementia than the nuns who had sufficient amounts of folate. In fact, the nuns that had high amounts of folic acid had virtually no dementia.
From Time magazine, " The nuns with high folate levels showed little evidence of Alzheimer's-type damage in their brain after death. This makes a certain amount of sense; folate tends to counteract the effects of homocysteine, an amino acid produced in the body that has been implicated in cardiovascular disease. Plenty of folate in the blood would thus mean less chance of stroke--and might even protect brain cells from damage."
In 1998 British researchers announced that Alzheimer's victims have low concentrations in their blood of the nutrient folate, also called folic acid. That's an intriguing result, especially in light of other studies showing that folic acid deficiency plays a role in some forms of mental retardation in children and in cognitive problems in adults. A large study in elderly Canadians found that those individuals with low blood folate levels were more likely to have dementia and be institutionalized.
The following facts are from the Alzheimer's association:
-As many as 5.3 million people in the US are living with Alzheimer's.
-Alzheimer's and dementia triple healthcare costs for Americans age 65 and older.
-The estimated costs of dementia related disease is $148 billion each year.
-Worldwide dementia is soaring as people are living longer.
Alzheimer's disease is devastating on everyone. There are a few studies that contradict the importance of folate as primary in dementia. As with many studies, the variables change, the source of financing may be a factor, as well as who is controlling information.
In my view, the nun study is very impressive, as are all the clinical documentation validating folic acid significance in heart disease. I would recommend everyone over 21, supplementing their diet with 1 mg. of folic acid daily. As the saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." You may prevent getting Alzheimer's disease by having optimal levels of serum folic acid. As you know, in disease it is difficult to isolate a single factor, such a bacteria or genetic mutation. The cause of dementia may be several factors. Until science can 100% explain the cause of AlzheimerâEUR(TM)s, there is reason to consider a nutritional factor as a promising solution.
For 20 years, Dr. Mike treated many celebrities, top CEO's and world-class athletes in Los Angeles. He has toured the country treating colleagues and has been a participating healthcare provider at four Olympic Games. He developed the first U.S. patented for optimal absorption of comprehensive nutrients. Having two decades of successful experience in holistic medicine, Dr. Mike's approach for improving health & performance is safe and effective. If you are in the Atlanta, Georgia area, he would be happy to see you. Contact Dr. Mike at http://www.millennium-healthcare.com or call (770) 390 - 0012.