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An important message from Acutia

An internal startup that leveraged Alltech’s more than 40 years of nutrition innovation, Acutia was fueled by the promise and possibilities of human health benefits. It was one of innumerable startups that were attracted to the abundant potential of the human health supplement market, bolstered by the trends of an aging population and greater interest in well-being. It is a hot — and crowded — market.

After a thorough review of the Acutia business and the investment required to move from a successful launch to sustained growth in this market, Alltech has decided to wind down its human health venture and focus on its core animal health and nutrition and crop science businesses. Nikki Putnam Badding stepped down as Acutia’s director on March 29 to open a new chapter in her professional career, including the establishment of a consultancy firm. Alltech will continue collaborating with Nikki on several projects.

Remaining Acutia inventory will be sold at acutia.com through the end of September 2024. As we move forward, Alltech will look for more ways to continue to support the exciting science that inspired the Acutia business.

Thank you for supporting Acutia. We wish you well in your pursuit of sustainable wellness. [LH1] 

Strengthening the Body with Antioxidants

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Strengthening the Body with Antioxidants

“Antioxidant” is a word you’ve likely heard when it comes to health and the immune system, but do you really know what it means — and, more importantly, what antioxidants do?

Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals, or compounds that can cause damage to cells in the body. Basically, antioxidants act like scavengers that find free radicals and neutralize them. This is important because high levels of free radicals can contribute to oxidative stress and are associated with a variety of illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers (Medical News Today, 2018).

You might be wondering what causes free radicals and, ultimately, oxidative stress in the body. It can be induced by inflammation, alcohol consumption, use of tobacco, pollution, UV exposure and more. Thus, the key becomes preventing and slowing damage caused by oxidative stress, and this is where antioxidants can help! Antioxidants are found in nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and other whole foods, as well as proteins, such as lean meat, salmon, dairy-based foods and more. These foods contain nutrients like vitamins A, E and C; groups of antioxidants, like flavonoids and anthocyanins, among others; plant compounds, such as polyphenols, catechins and more; and minerals like selenium — all of which play a role in keeping the body healthy, resilient and strong (Medical News Today, 2018).

Selenium acts as a strong antioxidant that helps reduce oxidative stress throughout the body. This creates a domino effect: reducing oxidative stress in the body decreases DNA damage and helps strengthen the immune system, which then empowers the body to destroy dangerous cells (Radiation Oncology, 2014). There is research that suggests that selenium is important in fighting a variety of health conditions, including asthma, heart disease and declines in mental health.

Asthma is a chronic condition that results in the narrowing of airways, which can lead to symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing as airways constrict. While asthma is associated with oxidative stress and inflammation, it has been found that selenium can help reduce symptoms in patients suffering from asthma (Mol Aspects Med, 2012).

A diet rich in selenium can provide protective properties for the heart. Selenium-rich foods accomplish this by decreasing oxidative stress, as well as helping to decrease or prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. In addition, a review article of 16 well-controlled studies evaluating 433,000 people with heart disease found that taking selenium supplements decreased levels of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP), indicating the positive impact selenium can have on heart disease (J Trace Elem Med Biol, 2017).

Research suggests that selenium might also help you stay mentally fit. Oxidative stress is believed to be involved in the beginning and the progression of cognitive decline and other neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. Some studies have found that consuming antioxidants like selenium in both food and supplements may improve memory in patients with cognitive decline (Am J Clin Nutr., 2011).

As you look for ways to keep your body healthy, it is evident that antioxidants can help! From reducing cellular damage and protecting the heart to helping with asthma and neurological diseases and more, selenium plays a vital role in supporting overall health and well-being.

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