Phytonutrients Health Benefits

Phytonutrients Health Benefits for Dogs

Phytonutrients are also known as phytochemicals or plant nutrients, the primary purpose of phytonutrients in plants is to shield the plant from pollution, insects, and the elements. While these special plant nutrients are non-essential for daily life, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of phytonutrients enhance immunity, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, reduce inflammation, and may help prevent diseases in humans and animals.  Below I will explain some of the primary phytonutrients found in our cold-pressed non-GMO camelina seed-oil and proprietary olive extract blend that make NatrixOne such a unique all-in-one supplement.

PolyphenolsPolyphenols help to maintain the health of blood flow through the veins, capillaries, and arteries. They lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, boost cognition, reduce the risk of diabetes, and improve gut health.

CarotenoidsCarotenoids have powerful antioxidant benefits that have the ability to fight damage from free radicals, decrease inflammation, and fight disease. They also have the ability to improve vision, naturally, boost the immune system, protect skin from damage, and promote healthy growth.

FlavonoidsMany of the biological effects of flavonoids appear to be related to their ability to modulate a number of cell-signaling cascades. Flavonoids have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, and neuroprotective activities through different mechanisms.

PhytosterolsPlants can contain cholesterol as well, known as a phytosterol. Surprisingly enough, the plant version of cholesterol lowers cholesterol levels in the body, therefore decreasing the risk of heart disease.

Maslinic AcidMaslinic acid (MA) is a natural compound whose structure corresponds to a pentacyclic triterpene. It is abundant in the cuticular lipid layer of olives. MA has many biological and therapeutic properties related to health including anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, anti-hypertensive, and antioxidant activities.

Beta caroteneBeta carotene is considered a provitamin A carotenoid, meaning that the body can convert it into vitamin A (retinol). Additionally, beta carotene has powerful antioxidant properties which reduce oxidative stress in the body.

SqualeneSqualene is otherwise known as omega 2, and has many similar benefits of omega 3. It is also known for regulating immune response, antioxidant effects, absorption of vitamins and cholesterol, chemo-preventive properties, reducing the damage from chemotherapy, anti-radioactive properties, skin health, and cell health. This was commonly extracted from shark’s liver, a practice which led to the endangering of that species!  Fortunately, NatrixOne™ Camelina Oil is a natural and renewable source.

Hydroxytyrosol – Hydroxytyrosol is the only phenolic compound that is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, which allows it to also absorb free radicals throughout the central nervous system. Its health benefits are plentiful including mitochondrial and metabolic function, skin health, fetal development, cardiovascular health, bone, and joint support, nervous system function, supports detoxification, endurance exercise capacity, and cancer prevention.

QuercetinThis potent antioxidant not only boosts the immune system and supports respiratory health, but it can help with the body’s natural response to allergens, histamines, and inflammation.

Plants are truly amazing and surprisingly, these are just some of the powerful phytonutrients health benefits you will be giving your dog when you use NatrixOne™. As you can see, not only are phytonutrients a key tool in maintaining and supporting your dog’s health and well-being, but when combined with the Omegas and natural Vitamin E in NatrixOne™ Camelina Oil, you are truly doing everything you can to help your dog live its best life!

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About the Author

Rich Coleman

Rich Coleman

Dr. Rich Coleman grew up in Fairfield, Ohio and began his journey into veterinary medicine as a kennel attendant at the age of 15. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati before graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Dr. Rich took over Plum Veterinary Clinic in December 2006, changed the name to Four Paws Animal Hospital in 2007, built a new facility in 2012 and began a remodel in March 2019 to allow for more growth and opportunities for our community. Dr. Rich Coleman is the Chief Veterinary Officer for NatrixOne™ and completed our 100 dog study in 2018. After seeing results firsthand, he joined the NatrixOne team!