What’s hot and not in health this week? Let’s explore the latest trends and info, including an amino acid that doubles as an antioxidant and the not-so-appetizing ingredients used to make pet food.
Alpha lipoic acid. Also known as the “universal antioxidant,” this amino acid has many important functions, including defending your body from free radical damage. Alpha lipoic acid also moonlights as a nutrient booster, helping to enhance antioxidant activity of vitamins C and E and CoQ10 within the body. You can get alpha lipoic acid from dietary sources such as liver, spinach, broccoli and potatoes, as well as in supplement form.
Sage leaf tea. While not as popular as chamomile or green tea, sage leaf tea offers numerous benefits – it may help soothe scratchy throats and act as a cleanser for the mouth. Sage leaf tea has an extremely strong taste, so drink with care! (We recommend adding a little honey to help sweeten the brew.)
Mystery meat. You wouldn’t eat unidentified animal fat, so why feed it to Fido? The truth is, many popular pet foods are packed full of mysterious meat byproducts and fats – which may include various animal parts and be made from disabled, diseased or dead animals. (Yuck!) Instead, choose organic pet food with real meat – like Castor & Pollux Organix Dog Formula.