Background information on herbs

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Integrated elementary power of herbs

The ancestors of dogs used to absorb herbs by eating the intestinal contents of their prey or, less frequently, in a direct manner. Nowadays dogs are denied both of these options. Herbs contain a great number of vegetable secondary metabolites, the so-called phytamins. When compared with vitamins, trace elements and minerals, already in the smallest amounts phytamins provide nutrients to the cells and immune system. What is more, they also provide natural antioxidants, which are able to catch the cell-damaging free radicals.

More and more frequently has one noticed that numerous problems with the skin, coat, intestines and immune system (allergies, cancer), which are attributed to nutrition, are because of a lack of these important micro-nutrients.
The integrated Marengo feeding concept relies on the positive effects of a few selected herbs which have the purpose of providing valuable micro-nutrients as a pure dietary supplement. For this reason we use herbs in Marengo dog food (Premium & Junior) and / or recommend the Marengo herb-biscuits as daily feed supplement.

 

What you should know about Marengo herbs

Only those herbs are used that

Which herbs are contained?

Dandelion
In particular, it provides building blocks for the metabolism of liver, gall bladder and kidneys. Additionally it supplies micro-nutrients for the joints, tendons and ligamentous apparatus and, in doing so, supports the natural cell purification
Ingredients: germacranolide, eudesmanolide (bitter substances), triterpene, phenolcarboxylic acids, phenolic compounds such as flavonoids, coumarin derivatives and taraxacosid, phytosterols, inulin as well as a high degree of potassium salts; (taraxacin, laevulin, inulin, sterols, flavone, carotene, choline)
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Birch leaves
Provide micro-nutrients, in particular for kidneys, bladder and urinary tracts; thus serves the muscular nutrition also e.g. in the event of rheumatic ailments
Ingredients: flavonoids, in particular flavonol glycosides, hyperosides, quercitin, myrcetingalctosid, phenolcarboxylic acids, ascorbic acids, essential oils, mineral salts, betulinic acid, ascorbic, logalin, menyanthene, phenol, saponins, essential oil with a high share of salicylic acid esther
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Stinging nettle
Provides micro-nutrients for kidneys and cell metabolism and thus promotes the cell purification in the joints, the ligamentous apparatus and the muscles
Ingredients: flavonoids, phenolcarboxylic acids, among other quinic acids, aliphatic organic acids, scopoletin. What is more, chlorophylls and their decomposition products, carotenoids, including plenty of lutein, as well as triterpene and sterols, relatively many mineral ingredients (potassium and calcium salts), among others selicates. In the stinging hairs, serotonin, acetylcholine
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Fennel
Provides micro-nutrients for the digestive tract and is rich in Vit C
Ingredients: essential oils, in particular fenchone and anethole, silicic acids, mineral salts, Vit A, Vit E and, in particular, Vit C
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Which nutrients are contained in the Marengo herbs?

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What are phytamins?

Phytamins are vegetable secondary metabolites that are contained in fruit, vegetables, potatoes, pulses, whole-grain products, fermented foodstuffs and herbs.
For a very long time phytamins were exclusively viewed as relatively unimportant “dietary fibres” which were responsible for the colour, smell and flavour of the plants. In the meantime, however, this view has changed significantly. Even the German Society for Nutrition considers the phytamins to have a similar significance as vitamins and minerals.
What is more, even health promoting effects are now attributed to phytamins, which exceed the mere nutritional effects (see below).

Falling in the category of vegetable secondary metabolites or phytamins are many thousands of substances that are sub-divided into the following groups:
arotenoids, phytosterols, saponins, glucosinolate, polyphenols, monoterpene, protease-inhibitors, phytoestrogens, sulfide, phytic acids.
Depending on the kind of phytamins contained, the following established properties have been verified by numerous investigations and intensive research:

What is so special about phytamins derived from herbs?
The strength of herb phytamins is derived from the fact that herbs supply a unique composition of phytamins, based on a recipe provided by nature itself.
n contrast hereto, when one then e.g. looks at fruit or vegetables, the variety and also kind of phytamins contained is strongly limited. This is due to the fact that, since industrialisation, the selection of seeds was only based on criteria ranging from best yield to best-suited for genetically modified organisms. The natural result of this was the depletion of the range of phytamins. Thus the offer of phytamins derived from fruit and vegetables by no means can compare with the variety of natural building blocks coming from naturally grown herbs. This is because nature creates herbs that offer us a unique combination and variety of phytamins, without human involvement, e.g. by means of seed selection etc.
For this reason, herbs still represent an original piece of nature. The natural phytamins are a valuable natural contribution for cell nutrition and cell protection. With the Marengo herbs you can successfully use the power of phytamins for your dog.

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What does the bioavailable form mean?
A particular feature of the Marengo herbs is that all ingredients are in the so-called bioavailable form. As opposed to synthetically manufactured and isolated vitamins, minerals and amino acids, up to 95% of the natural materials can be absorbed by the organism. In contrast hereto, generally speaking, the synthetically manufactured materials or inorganic minerals only display a bioavailability of 5-10 %.

This high bioavailability is guaranteed, among others, by the careful extrusion manufacturing process in dry food or in the form of delicious, carefully baked herbs-biscuits.

 

What are free radicals and natural antioxidants and how do they work within the organism?
Within the organism, in conjunction with oxygen, the so-called 'Free Radicals' are permanently created. Owing to one missing atom, they display a highly aggressive attitude toward other cells, with the purpose of substituting the missing part. Although it holds true that free radicals are regularly used within the immune systems for warding off pathogens and for energy generation, and as such are a necessary ingredient within the organism when present in an adequate number, if there are too many of them this can result in the organism’s own cells being damaged.
For this reason the organism has opponents, which are present in the form of natural antioxidants, to fight the free radicals. They have the purpose of preventing oxidation (oxygen reaction), which is desired by the radicals, by means of antioxidation. Without going into more detail regarding the biochemical processes, it remains to be said that the interaction of free radicals and natural antioxidants within the organism ensues according to set rules and that a natural balance is the result.

Unfortunately, due to a great number of stress factors (incorrect nutrition, burdening by synthetic additives, excessive physical burden, stress etc.) the result is so-called 'oxidative stress situations'. In these oxidative stress situations the number of free radicals increase within the organism, and the result is an imbalance between free radicals and natural antioxidants. This is where the Marengo concept starts its work.

 

Why do Marengo products contain only natural antioxidants?
All Marengo herbs contain a great variety of micro-nutrients such as e.g. vitamins, trace elements, minerals and essential amino acids as well as secondary plant compounds (flavonoids, flavones, tannins, organic acids, bitter substances, saponins etc.).
Among the secondary plant compounds it is in particular the various polyphenols, phenolic acids derivates as well as the gallic acid containing tannins that can be absorbed by the organisms as natural antioxidants, through the intake of herbs.

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This means that herbs, through their high content of natural antioxidants, can have a decisive influence on the balance between free radicals and natural antioxidants. In the course hereof it is greatly beneficial that Marengo’s herbs are natural antioxidants which cannot be overdosed, since resorption only ensues when this is required by the organism.
This is where Marengo herbs distinguishes themselves from virtually all other supplementary feed products on the market, where synthetic antioxidants are added in the form of synthetic vitamins or even chemical additives (Difference between natural and synthetic vitamins).
Apart from this, the effect of vitamins or natural antioxidants derived from natural sources is always more significant and sustainable than that of their synthetic counterparts. Nature still has better recipes in store for us than the chemical laboratories. Thus, for this reason, not only do herbs serve the purpose of providing nutrition for the cells, but also cell protection.

Cell nutrition and cell protection are however the absolute prerequisites for an intact immune system, healthy skin, shiny coat, physical and mental performance as well as the regenerative ability of bones, tendons, back and joints.

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Updated in May 2011

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