Resveratrol: A powerful antioxidant that supports the overall well-being of pets
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant most known for its presence in red wine. It is present in grape skin and a variety of plants, such as berries and peanuts, although its presence in the grape skin does not contain any toxic components that are known to be harmful to pets. Plants produce Resveratrol as a protectant against fungus and bacterial growth.
Resveratrol is thought to have many health benefits for animals and is a naturally occurring substance with strong antioxidant properties. Research supports its efficacy to help with cardiovascular health, cancer support, neuroprotective benefits, joint health, and increased energy in pets.
Resveratrol has cancer fighting antioxidants to help prevent free radicals. The compound Resveratrol has been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells and may also help in the prevention of high blood pressure and cholesterol. Studies have also shown that Resveratrol increases the life span of many small species, such as mice, but more research needs to be done to support this claim in the companion animal world.
Natural supplementation of Resveratrol can help to aid in the prevention of the previously mentioned conditions. When looking at current use within the pet food industry, most products that use Resveratrol fall under the supplement and health categories. Dosage rates are relatively small, making this antioxidant an economical option when it comes to pet supplementation.
Written by Kent Cooper and Lisa Schole of Evolve Consulting Group
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