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.
Valuable micro-nutrients from herbs, for the skin, coat and immune system
Valuable micro-nutrients from herbs, for the locomotor system and back
Integrated Herb Power – for the Heart, Circulation and Muscular System
What you should know about Marengo herbs
Only those herbs are used that
- Are in accordance with the DAB (German medicinal product quality) or of a comparable quality, i.e. that are strictly controlled not only with regard to their quality, but also concerning the toxin and radiation contamination
- Do not contain any straining or herb waste products. This alone guarantees the actual provision of the important micro-nutrients
- Can serve as a pure dietary supplement and do not have any medication effect. This stringent selection is the basic prerequisite for sustainable supplement feeding, which is valuable from a nutrition physiological point of view. For this reason they are also to be fed within the context of homeopathic therapies as accompanying feed, without disturbing the administered medication
- Stem from wild harvesting, with the purpose of thus preserving the natural state
Which herbs are contained?
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)
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
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
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
Which nutrients are contained in the Marengo herbs?
Phytamins are vegetable building blocks such as e.g. flavonoids and other polyphenols, so-called vegetable secondary metabolites which are contained, among others, in natural herbs. Comparable to vitamins, trace elements and minerals, already the smallest amounts of phytamins ensure a significantly improved nutrition of cells, immune system, tendons, bones, joints and connective tissues.
- Essential amino acids
Essential amino acids are protein building blocks, which the body has to absorb via nutrition. They have the purpose of providing nutrition for the cells and play a significant role in creating new cells. With a lack of essential amino acids, the optimal renewal of cells is not possible.
- Vitamins, trace elements and minerals
Among others, vitamins, trace elements and minerals ensure improved cell nutrition, take over important functions within cell metabolism and thus are of great significance for the organism.
- Silicic acids
Important for the cellular respiration, the development and tone of the connective tissues and for the mineralisation (e.g. calcium integration) of the bones and development and stability of the articular cartilage.
Calcium is essential for the development and stability of bones and teeth. It is important for impulse repeating to the nerves and muscular cells, including the cells of the heart muscle. It plays a role with inflammatory and allergic reactions and with blood coagulation. A short-term lack of calcium can easily be compensated by the organism by means of special calcium depots in the bones, which are created especially for this purpose.
For the nutrition of the heart-circulation system, the muscles and the central nervous system. It is permanently used in the course of the metabolism processes.
Counts to the group of trace elements and is an ingredient of a variety of enzymes which influence the cholesterol and fat metabolism as well as the endocrine system and the blood coagulation. Manganese is important for the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, fats, cholesterol and for collagen formation, especially in bones, cartilage and skin.
Within the organism, potassium is important for the water and electrolyte metabolism, the conduction of nervous stimuli to the muscle and nerve cells e.g. to the heart muscles and protein metabolism.
- Bioavailable antioxidants
Natural protection against Free Radicals .
Protective function for the somatic cells, since the antioxidants catch free radicals and render them harmless. What has to be noted in particular here is the share of natural antioxidants in herbs.
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:
- anticarcinogenic (cancer-inhibiting)
- antimicrobial (protects against bacteria and fungi)
- antioxidant (prevents special oxygen reactions, triggered by free radicals)
- blood pressure regulating
- blood glucose regulating
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.
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.
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.
Our sources and literature recommendations
- Hans Ulrich Grimm, Jörg Zittlau, Vitaminschock- Die Wahrheit über Vitamine. Wie Sie nützen, wann sie schaden (The truth on vitamins. How they benefit, when they harm)
- Dr. Udo Pollmer, Lexikon der populären nutritionsirrtümer (Lexicon of popular nutritional errors)
- Dr. Udo Pollmer, Prost Mahlzeit! Krank durch gesunde Ernährung (Enjoy your meal! Ill by healthy nutrition)
- Dr. oec. troph. Bernhard Watzl/Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Claus Leitzmann, Bioaktive Substanzen in Lebensmitteln (Bioactive substances in foodstuffs)
- Dr. Gunter Metz, Phytamine-Pflanzliche Nahrung zur Prävention (Phytamins – vegetable nutrition for prevention)
- Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Claus Leitzmann u.a., Ernährung in Prävention und Therapie (Nutrition in prevention and therapy)
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Updated in May 2011