Jonesville, NC (PRWEB) May 15, 2010
Oxidative stress…the new buzzword in inflammation research, but what exactly is it and how does it impact my horse? Nouvelle Veterinary, Inc., under the research directed by Thomas Schell, DVM, DABVP, has investigated oxidative stress and its implications.
Oxidative stress is the imbalance between the production of free radicals and antioxidants within the body. Antioxidants are nutrients that are consumed in the diet as well as consumed in various supplements. The overall job of antioxidants is to neutralize potentially damaging free radicals. Some antioxidants are more potent than others and a combination of antioxidants is more effective than one taken alone. Free radicals are oxygen derivatives produced as a result of normal bodily functions, produced secondary to exercise, inflammation and as a result of a pro-inflammatory type of diet. Free radicals encourage inflammation and can potentially alter the DNA or genetic make-up of cells, resulting in further damage to the body, encouraging disease development. Free radical production is a common result of many equine diseases including arthritis, navicular syndrome, laminitis, COPD as well as being a component of almost every other malady. Antioxidants are produced within the body as well as consumed in the diet, with the sole job of neutralizing free radicals.
Oxidative stress has been investigated in hospitalized patients at Timbercreek Veterinary Hospital, PC, and it has been found to be a component in many patients. When the oxidative stress is addressed as a part of the treatment plan, the patients tend to improve more readily and stay healthier longer. Cur-OST® was developed based on research performed by TVH on equine arthritis and laminitis, including insulin resistance. Cur-OST® contains many natural antioxidants in combination, including Curcumin, which has been show to be a potent anti-inflammatory. Cur-OST® has been shown to benefit many equine patients, helping to improve recovery as well as reduce dependence on NSAID medications.
Research continues, not only in the equine industry, but also in human research. The findings are clear that oxidative stress is one of the contributing factors in inflammatory problems. Although there are many synthetic treatments for inflammation, the implications of potential side effects vary and are a concern for all patients. The use of a natural anti-inflammatory minimizes the risk of side effects while acheiving the comfort level most patients are seeking. Visit us at http://www.cur-ost.com for research information.
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