Functional Foods: Defining Key Ingredients in Health Defense

Combining decades of experience with the latest veterinary research and technology, Dr. Bill’s Advanced Nutritional Support products are designed to meet the biological requirements for optimum nutrition for dogs and cats. Using biologically appropriate, high-quality, natural ingredients such as Turmeric, Zinc, Ashwagandha, Milk Thistle, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q-10, and Bacopa, Dr. Bill’s Canine and Feline Health Defense supplements provide essential nutrients for the support and maintenance of healthy eyes, heart, brain, and internal organs. Below we have defined some of the key ingredients that are found in Health Defense so you can better understand why this supplement is beneficial to your pet’s overall health and wellness.

TURMERIC
Many experts now believe “silent inflammation” is the root cause of many common signs to aging – from diminished brain and heart function to painful joints and low energy levels. Turmeric has a unique ability to block an enzyme that causes inflammation while simultaneously combatting free radical damage to highly sensitive organs. Since pets are also subject to arthritis, turmeric can play an important role in reducing inflammation of joints throughout the body.

ASHWAGANDHA
This incredibly healthy, medicinal herb is classified as an ‘adaptogen’ – meaning it can help your body manage stress. Ashwagandha is perfect for overall health and well being as it lowers blood sugar levels, reduces cortisol, boosts brain function, and helps fight symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also enhance immune systems, treat anemia, inflammation, bacterial infections, and diarrhea.

MILK THISTLE
Pets, like humans, are forced to deal with exposure to toxins on a daily basis – from the food we eat, the water we drink, to the air we breathe. The liver is hard at work filtering and eliminating all of these toxins, so it is highly susceptible to serious damage and in need of support. Milk Thistle, native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, is a powerful antioxidant that has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The seeds and roots generally support the immune system through free-radical scavenging action. As liver disease is more common in certain breeds of dogs such as Labrador Retrievers, Dalmatians, and Great Danes due to their genetic difficulty excreting copper, it is important to ensure the liver has as much support as possible.

COQ10
Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a compound that serves as an antioxidant as well as helps generate energy in your cells and protect them from oxidative damage. This compound is made by your body and stored in the mitochondria of all cells, but the highest concentrations are found in the organs with the greatest energy demands such as the heart, lungs, and liver. Unfortunately, the natural production tends to decrease with age, which is why it is important to supplement as health conditions such as heart disease, brain disorders, diabetes, and cancer have been linked to low levels of CoQ10.