How Can Antioxidants Prevent Disease?

When it comes to our health and the health of our four-legged friends, words like “cancer” and “heart disease” are scary. A little help removing damaging free radicals never hurts, and that’s where antioxidants come in.

Antioxidants may help protect cells from free radicals, which can play a role in different diseases. Free radicals are produced when the body breaks down food or when it is exposed to tobacco smoke, radiation, air pollution, etc. They can damage cells and genetic material.

Antioxidants work to fight free radicals and help decrease oxidative damage. They are also involved in repairing DNA and maintaining the health of cells. Several well-known substances that act as antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and other carotenoids.

One antioxidant belonging to the carotenoid group is astaxanthin, which is one of nature’s strongest antioxidants. A reddish pigment, astaxanthin is found in certain algae. You don’t have to go out into the wild to find it, though — it is available for both humans and dogs through Springtime Supplements.

In humans, Astaxanthin provides a unique and powerful defense from free radical damage to the brain, nervous system and eyes due to its ability to cross the blood-brain and blood-retinal barrier.* This helps the body maintain peak performance by helping support endurance, energy and strength.* It also supports the body in recovery from exercise, and in people, it supports a healthy immune system response and encourages a healthy circulatory system and skin structure.*

In canines, astaxanthin can help support cardiovascular health for working, sport and active dogs. It helps support skin health during UV exposure and can promote and support healthy gums.

This formidable antioxidant is available as a softgel for both people and dogs. For more information on Astaxanthin supplements, visit Or, you can call 800-521-3212 to speak with a representative at Springtime or place an order over the phone.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.