Much is already known about the use of functional foods and nutraceuticals for pets’ health. These natural ingredients have a number of benefits and the biggest advantage is that they have no side effects for those who consume them. The natural ingredients can be combined with each other to enhance the beneficial effects for the animals. Thus, natural supplements for pets emerged.
However, it is important to remember that in order to obtain these benefits, it is necessary to use the bioactive ingredients and in the appropriate concentration. This is because many people believe that only by offering the ingredient in natura get their benefits. And it is not so. We explain below!
Nutraceuticals and functional foods
Nutraceuticals are supplements that contain the concentrated form of bioactive foods in doses that exceed those that could be obtained only from the diet and are used for the purpose of improving health.
Functional foods are those foods or ingredients that, in addition to basic nutritional functions, when consumed as part of the usual diet, produce metabolic and / or physiological effects beneficial to health. These foods are considered health promoters and may be associated with a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.
Therefore, the therapeutic quality of a functional food and a nutraceutical can be enhanced when concentrated in supplements, since the doses exceed the capacity that any pet could consume if they ate only the product in natura.
Interesting, right? Then meet 7 of these superproducts that we separate for your pet!
1 – Guarana
Scientific name Paullinia cupana kunth, guarana has many functions and benefits for the pet. Found in Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, it is a type of shrub, widely cultivated in the state of Amazonas and Bahia. Its popular name is derived from the tupi wara’ná. So, there can be no doubt that it is a very common plant here.
The guarana fruit has stimulating properties and works as an energy source: it increases the resistance in mental and muscular efforts and decreases motor and psychic fatigue. It also helps to reduce appetite and increases daily caloric expenditure. Thus, by keeping blood glucose levels stable. Therefore, guarana is mainly used in the treatment of obesity.
In Brazil, it is estimated that more than 30% of pets are overweight. Obesity is already a common problem for many pets and its consequences range from intolerance to perform physical activity to cardiorespiratory problems, arthritis and diabetes. Therefore, it is important to know that, in addition to the methods commonly used to control obesity in dogs, there are a number of natural ingredients that can assist in reducing weight and rebalancing the organism of animals.
You can find guarana in Formula FIT, by Botica Pets. Learn more about the composition, here. https://www.boticapets.com.br/caes/suplemento-formula-fit-comprimidos-mastigaveis
In addition, guarana has an antioxidant action, stimulating the immune system and combating opportunistic diseases. It is also rich in catechin which is a substance that fights free radicals, having an antioxidant effect, preventing aging.
2 – Calendula
Calendula is a plant originally from the Mediterranean countries. In Brazil, the use as a herbal medicine is approved by the Ministry of Health. In popular medicine, the plant is widely used to treat uterine problems, stimulate liver activity and mitigate gastric spasms. It is an antiseptic and healing, preventing infections in wounds and abrasions.
The parts used as therapies can be the leaves or the inflorescences (floral chapters) that have a yellow, orange, greenish or yellow color with a reddish center.
Some active ingredients are responsible for the benefits brought to the skin and coat. Calendulin is a pigment that gives orange color to the petals, present in good doses in flowers, which has regenerative and healing powers. Other therapeutic properties are attributed to it, such as anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiallergic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, soothing, antifungal and antiseptic activity.
3 – Garcinia cambogia
The fruits of garcinia cambogia have hydroxycitric acid (HCA) in the shell, which is responsible for stimulating the metabolism of carbohydrates and fatty acids. For those who don’t know, fatty acids are lipids that, together with glycerol, form fats. Fatty acids are the part of lipids used as fuel by cells, constituting one of the main sources of energy with glucose.
Therefore, one of the benefits of garcinia is the inhibition of appetite. That’s because hydroxycitric acid (HCA). By blocking an enzyme, it prevents the formation of part of the fatty acids, reducing the conversion of sugars into future “fats”. In addition to decreasing the absorption of fats, garcinia cambogia assists in increasing levels of serotonin, a hormone that regulates appetite, satiety and well-being.
Garcinia is also present in the Fit Formula, by Botica Pets!
4 – Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo biloba)
It is a medicinal plant used for many years in China. Among the beneficial actions are the improvement of circulatory perfusion, antiasthmatic, circulation stimulant, anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant and antioxidant. Ginkgo biloba promotes the dilation of blood capillaries, improving tissue oxygenation. In addition, some studies indicate that it produces an antioxidant effect determined by the capture of free radicals, preventing aging.
5 – Chlorella
It is a unicellular alga with a scientific name Chlorella vulgaris. Among its benefits are the high concentration of vitamins and minerals beneficial to the pet. It is an excellent source of vitamin A (more than in carrots), C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12. Regarding minerals, chlorella is rich in phosphorus, iron, manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium and calcium.
It also has a high concentration of chlorophyll, which promotes stimulating effects on tissue growth, helping the healing process. It can be used in cases of anemia, hepatitis, gastritis and other inflammations. Promotes antibacterial activity, protects the immune system against viral and bacterial infections.
It acts as a detox for the body, as it works by “cleaning” the blood, the liver, the kidneys, the intestine and removing impurities. Chlorella is present in the Formula Equilíbrio e Vigor, from Botica Pets!
6 – Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
Pomegranate is a source of many nutrients such as: vitamin C, potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper and magnesium. Some studies have already shown that there are benefits to cardiovascular health, treatment of wound healing and prevention of chronic diseases.
It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory action (being indicated for rheumatoid arthritis), inflammatory bowel and oral mucosa diseases (reducing the risk of gingivitis). It can also assist in lowering blood pressure and preventing some cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes by reducing levels of LDL cholesterol, responsible for clogging blood vessels.
7 – Artichoke
Its origin is from the southern Mediterranean Sea region. It can also be offered to pets because it has a high nutritional value, vitamin C and mineral salts such as folic acid, magnesium and potassium.
Among its benefits are diuretic and hepatoprotective functions (to assist in the functioning of the liver, favoring detoxification). It can also help to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels by improving HDL levels (the “good” cholesterol).
Biological studies carried out with crude and purified artichoke extracts, carried out in both animals and humans, point to an important digestive action by increasing the amount of bile contained in the gallbladder and secreted by the liver, facilitating the digestion of fats in the intestine and regulating the functions intestinal.
Lupeol, present in artichokes, has a toxic action against tumor cells, has antioxidant activity, in addition to promoting the release of an immune response. Cinaropicrin, also present in artichokes, has an action against the production of tumor necrosis factor, acting as an anti- inflammatory, as well as being antimicrobial and antifungal.
The artichoke is present in the Equilibrium Formula, FIT, Passion fruit and Force Botica Pets.
Below are testimonials from customers and veterinarians who use and approve Botica’s formulas.