A Deep Dive into Antioxidants & Oxidative Stress

Oxidative Stress: caused by an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize them.

Antioxidants: scavengers of free radicals whose role is to prevent or stop free radical damage, thereby limiting oxidative stress.

Vitamin E: a fat-soluble antioxidant, protects unsaturated lipids and other susceptible membrane components against oxidative damage.

Antioxidants: The Body’s Natural Defenders

Both selenium and vitamin E are often referred to as “radical scavengers.” Selenium is a necessary constituent for the enzyme system glutathione peroxidase that functions as a crucial antioxidant compound in the body. The two nutrients work so intimately together that when the intake of one is sufficient, requirements for the other are lowered, and vice versa. When vitamin E is present in the cell membrane, the formation of lipid peroxides decrease.

Selenium, as glutathione peroxidase, within the cell fluid will remove the lipid peroxides that do form. If there is inadequate vitamin E, more peroxides are formed, and therefore, more selenium is needed. Conversely, if there is inadequate selenium, fewer peroxides can be removed and, therefore, more vitamin E is needed to prevent peroxide formation. Even though they function synergistically, and even in place of each other, there must be optimal amounts of both to avoid complications from oxidative stress.

Vitamin E

For sport horses, temporary muscle soreness and for horses that require advanced antioxidant support. Vitamin E works as a fat-soluble antioxidant, helping to enhance cell activity and protect unsaturated lipids and other susceptible membrane components against oxidative damage from free radicals.

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