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Nutraceuticals can be categorized as Dietary Supplements, functional Foods or Medicinal Foods. It can be defined as food, or part of food, that provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Nutraceuticals in dogs are generally there to help overall health. Essential fatty acids are one of the most common nutraceuticals used in dog medication. They help with skin conditions of pets. Also, glycosaminoglycans are used to help with joint pain. They are naturally occuring hormones that produce new joint fluid and tissue.

Examples  

  • Vitamins-Organic compounds essential to growth, development and daily life functions.
  • Minerals-Naturally-occurring fundamental substances that maintain proper bone health, the nervous system, muscular system and the ability to assimilate nutrients.
  • Enzymes-Substances involved in a variety of basic biological processes, which help with cell production and repair, conversion of food to energy and regulation of body chemistry.
  • Omega-3 milk - heart disease prevention 
  • Canola oil - lower triglycerides and cholesterol 
  • Stanols (benecol) - cholesterol adsorption reduction
  • Probiotics-Preparation of live bacteria or yeast that is taken orally to restore, replace or add beneficial bacteria to the body, particularly the gastrointestinal tract that defends the body against harmful bacteria and aids in digestion.
  • Oats, bran, psyllium and lignin - help lower cholesterol levels and have positive benefits in treating heart disease and colon cancer 
  • Prebiotics - oligofrustrose used to control intestinal flora 
  • Transgenic cows and lactoferrin - immune enhancement 
  • Transgenic plants - oral vaccination against infectious diseases 
  • Fructooligosaccharides-improve the digestibility of food ingredients. Also, improve absorption of dietary calcium, iron and other minerals
  • Fish Oil- healthy skin, glistening coat, improved immune system
  • Milk Thistle- improves liver and immune system
  • S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe)- improves structure and function of liver and plays and important role in nutritional pathways, cell replication and protein synthesis
  • L-Lysine- helps eliminate the replication of the herpsavirus and is effective against conjuctivitis
  • Taurine- regulates the heartbeat, moves calcium in & out of cells, regulates brain activity, maintains cell membrane stability, and plays a role in treating congestive heart failure, diabetes, damage to the retinas.
  • Zinc-benefits skin and coat