Why antioxidants are important

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The threat of free radicals

Cells are continually under attack from compounds called ‘free radicals’. Generated as a ‘by-product’ of the body’s own metabolism or as a result of external factors like pollution, free radicals can kill cells by damaging the membrane, the enzymes and the DNA contained within. Free radicals pose a particular risk to the cells of the nervous and immune systems, and they are even thought to contribute to the progression of many diseases and the onset of premature ageing.



How antioxidants help

Antioxidants help prevent the free radicals from damaging cells. Whilst the body’s normal antioxidant defences provide some protection, the addition of antioxidants to the diet provides an additional ‘active shield’ that supports those natural defences.



Clinically proven antioxidants

Hill’s Science Plan foods contain a unique combination of antioxidants such as vitamins E and C, beta-carotene and selenium, and that superior antioxidant formula has been clinically proven to help maintain your pet’s health, reduce the risk of disease and strengthen the immune response.

 

Protecting puppies and kittens

Because puppies and kittens are particularly at risk from free radicals, Hill’s Science Plan Healthy Development formulas contain antioxidants clinically proven to help build healthy immune systems right from the start.

Saistītie raksti

  • Vitamins

    180680638 Vitamins can be divided into two main groups depending on whether they are soluble in fat or water. In addition, there is a group of vitamin-like substances that are similar to vitamins without fitting exactly into the categories.
  • Proteins

    180680638 To make a protein, amino acids are linked together in a long chain. The chain is then bundled into to a three-dimensional structure, like a tangled ball of yarn. Although there are hundreds of different amino acids, only 21 are used in animal proteins.
  • Minerals

    180680638 More than 18 mineral elements are believed to be essential for mammals. By definition, macrominerals are required by the animal in the diet in larger amounts and microminerals or trace elements in much smaller amounts. All the macrominerals, except sulphur, are described in the text.
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