What do we know about antioxidants and beardies?


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What prompted this is I will be going to my annual vet check up with Devlyn on Feb 14th, the most romantic thing to do of course, and I thought about seeing if my vet had any insight into beardies and antioxidants.

Of course fresh greens, veggies, and fruits have antioxidants which probably can be used by our beardies. Not all antioxidant foods, I don't feel comfortable to give my girl tomato even though for people it is a generally good food for antioxidants. Most research is done for humans so I am having trouble finding anything remotely applicable for lizards or beardies.

Mangos are a food that is supposed to have good antioxidants and fiber for beardies. Devlyn won't eat it but I give her feeder roaches mango so she can get some mango in her on occasion. I put bee pollen (100% organic bee pollen) on top of her salad sometimes and she seems to like it, it literally tastes like dandelion flower. I bought this product called Dubia dust because it is cold processed microgreens powder which is supposed to preserve the nutrition from the greens. Devlyn gets it on bugs and salad sometimes, it smells and tastes like grass, it's not bad. This aren't every day things, but a 2-3 times per week I add one of more of this antioxidant things to her food so she can eat it, sometimes she doesn't eat so realistically 1-2 times per weeks she gets an extra antioxidant thing to her food. Then I thought of some things I've read online such as adding spirulina to your feeder insect food as a gutload for your beardie (I have not tried this).


Do we really know anything useful about antioxidants and beardies? Is there science to this? I feel like I'm guessing. What do you think?


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Do we really know anything useful about antioxidants and beardies? Is there science to this? I feel like I'm guessing. What do you think?
You know, I have an automated Google search that sends me news articles about bearded dragons periodically. I don't think I recall ever having seen actual research or studies done with bearded dragons. I suspect that most claims that it helps bearded dragons is based on extrapolation on human research. Some of that might be applicable, as the effect is with cells for the most part, but many other factors could be at play, including the absorbability of various nutrients with beardies that may vary from humans.

There is some stuff in relation to anoxia-tolerant reptiles... but I don't know if beardies are such.

It's a great question, though. I even did some extra searching for research articles just now. The articles I do see that seem related are well beyond my understanding, as far as scholastic papers. I was a computer engineer way back in college... biology was not my forte. :) I do better with summary articles written for the interested layman.


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