Is Oxidative Stress Really Connected To Your Horse’s Health?
A reoccurring theme in much of the research currently available on PubMed in studies done with horses continues to show evidence that oxidative stress plays a role in many of the diseases our horses are faced with today (PMID: 26682006, 30297648, 15147129 are just a few). Simply put oxidative stress is the direct result of aging as well as exposure to toxins in our environment: air, water, food sources, even the cleaning & personal care products we use every day.
Oxidative stress refers to elevated intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that cause damage to lipids, proteins, and DNA. Free radicals are any atom with an unpaired electron. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are all the free radicals that are commonly found in biology that involve oxygen. So, ROS are free radicals, specifically involving oxygen.
Free radicals are a natural result of your horse’s metabolic processes. Under normal circumstances, the body also produces antioxidants which neutralize free radicals and limit the damage they can do to your cells. But exposure to toxins in our environment (air, water, food sources, even the cleaning & personal care products we use every day), inflammation, and even exercise can overwhelm the body’s natural response to free radicals allowing them to wreak havoc on your cells & your health.
Over time the damage turns off our ability to create antioxidants. Supplementing with antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin c, glutathione, lipoic acid, CoQ10, etc. can help but it really is an uphill battle when you consider the fact that the human body at any time has about 30 – 40 trillion cells in the human body that produces free radicals. Not all free radicals are harmful and if you suppress them with large doses of non-specific antioxidants, it can actually impair important biological signaling.
So what can you do to reduce your horse’s oxidative stress??
NRF2 activation is a process that stimulates the body’s natural ability to produce antioxidants. Through the study of Nutrigenomics, scientists have discovered that certain phytochemicals found naturally in foods turn on the ability to create antioxidants. We now have access and are sharing with you an NRF2 activation product that’s a patented combination of herbs scientifically proven to activate NRF2 and increase the cells’ ability to naturally produce antioxidants.There is no “magic bullet” when it comes to health for ourselves or our horses! All we can do is educate ourselves and make a decision on how we want to feed, supplement, and clean to minimize the negative effects that our environment, food, and water have on us due to an overload of toxins from pesticides on our food to toxins in the air we breathe & the water we drink.
Supporting & supplementing the body in a way that helps return it to a more natural state of producing its own antioxidants IS getting to the root cause of many of the health challenges that are a direct result of the environmental assaults on our bodies that not only humans but our horses, dogs & other animals are faced with today. Yes, current published studies on this product are on humans and mice, however, maybe in the near future, there will be studies on horses. In the meantime, armed with education, we each have the right to choose how we want to feed and supplement ourselves and it should be the same for our 4-legged companions.