NuVet Plus Ingredients

Please take note....this page contains a lot of information regarding the
ingredients found in NuVet Plus.  This is an amazing supplement that I
highly recommend you continue using.  The ingredient list is long,
but then why spend good money on a 'filler' supplement.

ALFALFA
Alfalfa is known as the "King of Plants", and its roots have been used for centuries in many
cultures. The herb belongs to the legume family, closely related to beans and peas. Alfalfa is
an excellent source of vitamins D, E and K, beta-carotene, minerals, fiber, chlorophyll,
calcium, proteins and fats. It is especially rich in the amino acid trypophane. It is considered
to be a very nutritious herb, and is used to increase appetite, alleviate certain allergic
reactions and help poor digestion. It may also reduce the inflammation due to arthritis and
rheumatism.  (Canine formula)

ALPHA AMYLASE
A soluble fiber digestant.  We believe NuVet Plus™ is the finest pet supplement available,
however it must be able to be digested as efficiently as possible. Alpha Amylase creates the
means by which the ingredients will be absorbed into the body as rapidly as possible without
diminishing NuVet Plus™' powerful antioxidant capabilities.

AMINO ACIDS
Necessary for the synthesis of body proteins and many other tissue constituents.  Amino
acids aid in building new muscle, bone and tendon cells; play a vital role in metabolism,
stamina, and brain function; and enable vitamins and minerals to be properly absorbed and
assimilated. There are approximately twenty-eight amino acids that combine in various ways
to create hundreds of different types of proteins. Some amino acids enhance the immune
system by stimulating the antioxidant activity of certain enzymes and can help prevent skin
and coat problems. Others prevent premature aging, tumors, nerve disease and connective
tissue disorders.

Pet foods high in protein may or may not contain all the necessary amino acids to maintain
proper health of a pet. This deficiency could cause a host of problems ranging from
indigestion, stunted growth, nervous disorders, or worse.  NuVet Plus™, with its specifically
blended natural ingredients, contains all the critical amino acids that must be introduced
through the diet for proper health.

BETA-CAROTENE
The precursor to Vitamin A becomes a powerful free radical scavenger in the body.  Vitamin A
is essential in skeletal growth, testicular and ovarian function,  embryonic development, and
differentiation of tissues.  It is crucial for proper eye function and possible cataract
reduction.  Vitamin A is necessary for healthy skin and mucous membranes, the body’s first
line of defense against invading microorganisms and toxins, and promotes the immune
response.  Beta-Carotene and Vitamin A destroy carcinogens (cancer-causing agents), guards
against heart disease and stroke, and lowers cholesterol.

BLUE GREEN ALGAE
Blue Green Algae is nature's most basic food. Existing at the beginning of the food chain, it
provides nutrition in its simplest form. Blue Green Algae has a greater amount of protein than
any other whole food. It provides the essential nutrients for the health of the physical body,
and the smooth operation of the brain and nervous system. Blue Green Algae is a very rich
chlorophyll source and has been shown to enhance the health of the entire body, strengthen
the immune system, promote intestinal regularity and the healing of wounds, boosts
hemoglobin production and helps purify the blood. The trace minerals found in blue green
algae are Boron, Calcium, Chlorine, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Fluorine, Geranium, Iodine,
Iron, Magnesium, Maganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Phosphorus, Potassium, Silicon, Sodium,
Tin, Titanium, Vanadium, and Zinc.

BREWER’S YEAST
A balanced, natural source of B-Complex vitamins (also see Chicken Liver).  Studies show
another beneficial effect of Brewer’s Yeast supplementation is significant reduction of body
fleas on companion pets.

CAT’S CLAW (UNA DE GATO)
Cat's Claw, also known as Una de Gato, is an ancient herb, found in the rain forest of Peru.
This singular and wild woody vine is known for its amazing healing properties and has been
used by native people for centuries. It cleanses the intestinal track, enhances the action of
white blood cells, and acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It is good for intestinal
problems and viral infections.  Research in different countries including Germany, Austria,
England, and Hungary has shown that Cat’s Claw can stimulate the immune system and may
help in the treatment of diseases including cancer, AIDS, viral or respiratory infections,
allergies, arthritis and rheumatism.

CHICKEN LIVER
We use 100% chicken liver, which is paddle-dried in order to retain the omega fatty acids and
vitamins A, C, and the B-complex vitamin group.  Contains minerals including calcium, copper,
phosphorous, and iron. Chicken liver is good for anemia and aids in building healthy red
blood cells.  It is known to increase energy, fight liver disorders, and help relieve stress in
the body.

COPPER
Aids in the formation of red blood cells, and works with Vitamin C to form elastin, an important
protein that makes up bone, skin and connective tissue.  It aids in the healing process and
energy production. This mineral is needed for healthy nerves and joints.  A sign of copper
deficiency is osteoporosis.

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
High in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid that promotes
cardiovascular health.   It is known to prevent hardening of the arteries, heart disease and
high blood pressure, and aids in lowering cholesterol. It is helpful in the management of
arthritis, rheumatism, certain skin disorders, and can relieve pain and inflammation.  Studies
have shown it can increase the release of sex hormones and thereby improve reproductive
health.

IRON
Necessary for hemoglobin and myoglobin (a type of hemoglobin found in muscle tissue). It is
necessary for the oxygenation of red blood cells.  Iron helps in protein metabolism and
promotes growth.  Iron is also necessary for energy production and a healthy immune
system.  Iron deficiency can cause weakness, anemia, digestive disturbances, fragile bones
and hair loss.

L METHIONINE
An essential amino acid that is not synthesized by the body and must be obtained from food or
supplements.  It is a powerful antioxidant and a good source of sulfur, which neutralizes free
radicals and helps prevent skin, coat and nail problems. It can help to detoxify harmful agents
such as lead and other heavy metals found in airborne pollutants. L Methionine is essential
for the absorption, transportation and bioavailability of selenium and zinc in the body.  It also
acts as a liptropic agent to prevent excess fat buildup in the liver, and can help to reduce
fatigue. It is useful in some allergy cases because it reduces histamine release.

Recent studies show L Methionine supplementation may help delay the development of age-
related cataracts. Deficiencies in L Methionine can slow growth and cause low levels of
essential proteins in the blood.  Lack of it can result in edema, liver damage, loss of muscle
and fat, skin lesions and weakness.  (Canine formula)

MAGNESIUM
Acts as a catalyst in the utilization of carbohydrates, fats, protein, calcium, phosphorus, and
potassium.  It is important for energy and healthy maintenance of bones, teeth, arteries, heart
and nerves.  Research has shown that magnesium can help prevent cardiovascular disease,
osteoporosis, and certain forms of cancer.

MANGANESE
An enzyme activator that plays an important part in tissue respiration and carbohydrate and
fat metabolism.  Necessary for normal skeletal development and to maintain sex-hormone
production.  Manganese deficiency can lead to paralysis, convulsions, dizziness, deafness
and blindness.

OYSTER SHELL
Extremely rich in calcium, the major constituent in the structural framework of bones.  
Practically every cell in the body, notably those in the heart, nerves, and muscles rely on
calcium to function properly. Some experts recommend higher levels of calcium in order to
prevent bone loss.  The heart requires calcium to maintain a normal beat.  Muscles need it for
contraction and relaxation, and calcium is essential for blood clotting and proper nervous
system function.

Over time, if not enough calcium is consumed, the body takes calcium from the bones to keep
the heart and muscles working properly.  This process will gradually weaken the bones until
they break easily.  (All oyster shell used in our product is farm-raised and tested for lead
content.)

PAPAIN
Fundamentally aids in the digestion of protein. Papain’s activity helps to cleanse the tissues
and intestinal walls.  The unique ability of Papain to break down protein and convert a portion
of it into Arginine is extremely important because Arginine, in its natural form, has been found
to influence the production of HGH.  HGH, produced in the pituitary gland, is directly
responsible for DNA and RNA replication as well as synthesis in liver, muscle, cartilage, and
adipose tissues.  HGH helps to increase muscle tone and decrease body fat.  Arginine has
also been found to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells in test tube studies.

PHOSPHORUS
Works with calcium to build bones and teeth.  Aids the body in the utilization of vitamins, and
conversion of food to energy. Deficiencies of phosphorus can lead to loss of weight and
appetite, irregular breathing, pyorrhea, fatigue and nervous disorders.

PINE BARK
The proanthocyanidids in Pine Bark have been shown in clinical studies to be 20 times more
effective than Vitamin C and 50 times more effective than Vitamin E as an antioxidant.  Pine
Bark helps relieve pain and symptoms of osteoarthritis, arthritis, rheumatism, and rheumatic
fever.  It has been shown to reduce histamine production, thereby helping the lining of
arteries resist mutagen attacks which cause cardiovascular disease.

Pine Bark’s remarkable ability to “seek and destroy” free radicals is a tremendous benefit to
the health of our animals.  By reducing oxidative damage to cells and vital tissues, what we
recognize as aging (stiff joints, wrinkled skin, degenerative disease problems like arthritis,
circulatory disorders, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) is held to a subdued rate.  In addition,
unlike virtually all other dietary antioxidants, proanthocyanidids readily cross the blood-brain
barrier to protect vital brain and nerve tissue from oxidation.

POTASSIUM (CITRATE)
Important for a healthy nervous system and regular heart rhythm.  Helps prevent strokes, aids
in proper muscle contraction, and works with sodium to control the body’s water balance.  
Potassium is important for chemical reactions within the cells, aids in maintaining stable blood
pressure and proper transmission of eletro-chemical impulses. It also regulates the transfer
of nutrients through cell membranes.  Signs of potassium deficiency include abnormally dry
skin, weakness, paralysis, low blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat which can lead to
cardiac arrest and death.

SELENIUM
An essential trace mineral whose principal function is to inhibit the oxidation of lipids (fats).  It
is a vital antioxidant, especially when combined with Vitamin E.  It protects the immune system
by preventing the formation of free radicals.  It has also been found to function as a
preventative against the formation of certain types of tumors.  Selenium and Vitamin E act
synergistically to aid in the production of antibodies and help maintain a healthy heart and
liver.  Selenium deficiency has been linked to cancer and heart disease.  It has also been
associated with exhaustion, growth impairment, high cholesterol levels, infections, liver
impairment, pancreatic insufficiency, and sterility.

SHARK CARTILAGE
Contains collagen and glycosaminoglycans. This combination makes shark cartilage a
powerful anti-inflammatory wound-healing agent that is non-toxic and has no known side-
effects.  It is also an effective substance against bacteria, virus and fungal infections, which
stimulates the cellular and humoral components of our immune system.

There have been numerous studies demonstrating the ability of shark cartilage to shrink
some cancerous tumors, including those unaffected by standard treatments.  In order to
grow, a tumor must establish its own blood vessel network for nourishment.  Like all other
living things, if the tumor is denied nourishment, it will die.  Studies performed at the
Massachussetts Institute for Technology have shown that shark cartilage contains a protein
that impedes the formation of blood vessels to tumors.

TAURINE
One of the most abundant amino acids in the body. It is found in the central nervous system,
skeletal muscle, and highly concentrated in the brain and heart.

Taurine therapy is used in the treatment of ischemic heart disease. Low Taurine and
magnesium levels have been found after heart attacks. Supplements decrease the tendency
to develop potentially lethal abnormal arrhythmia after heart attacks.

Another role played by Taurine is maintaining the correct composition of bile and solubility of
cholesterol.  It helps stabilize cell membranes and seems to have some antioxidant and
detoxifying activity.  It also helps the movement of potassium, sodium, calcium and
magnesium in and out of cells, which helps generate nerve impulses.  Taurine is necessary
for chemical reactions that produce normal vision. Deficiencies are associated with retinal
degeneration and age-related cataracts.

(Feline formula only; canines produce their own Taurine.)

VITAMIN A
See Beta-Carotene

VITAMIN B COMPLEX
Necessary for carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism.  Helps the functioning of the
nervous system; maintains muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract; maintains the health of
skin, coat, eyes, mouth and liver.  Contains folic acid.

VITAMIN B1 (THIAMINE)
Essential for normal functioning of the heart, nerves, muscles, skin and digestive system.  
Necessary for carbohydrate metabolism.

VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN)
Necessary for carbohydrate-fat-protein metabolism, and antibody and red blood cell
formation.  Good for healthy eyes, skin, and coat.

VITAMIN B3 (NIACIN)
Promotes growth, proper functioning of the nervous system, maintenance of healthy skin,
tongue, digestive system, and carbohydrate-fat-protein metabolism.

VITAMIN B5 (PANTOTHENIC ACID)
Assists in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.   Aids in the utilization
of some vitamins, stimulates growth, and aids in the formation of antibodies.

VITAMIN B6 (PYRIDOXINE)
Necessary for carbohydrate-fat-protein metabolism, antibody and red blood cell formation,
and aids in digestion. B6 also helps maintain balance of sodium and phosphorus.

VITAMIN B12
Essential for normal formation of red blood cells, carbohydrate-fat-protein metabolism, and
good appetite.  B12 maintains fertility, promotes normal growth and development, and
prevents nerve damage by maintaining the fatty sheaths that protect nerve endings.

VITAMIN C (ESTER C™)
A powerful antioxidant that also protects other antioxidants such as Vitamin E.  The cells of
the brain and spinal cord, which frequently incur free radical damage, can be protected by
significant amounts of Vitamin C.  In addition to its role as an antioxidant, Vitamin C also
increases the synthesis of Interferon, a natural anti-viral substance produced by the body,
and stimulates the activity of certain key immune cells.  Vitamin C is a key factor in many
immune functions, including white blood cell function and Interferon levels. Due to its
antioxidant properties, it combats the effects of free radicals while lowering the risk of
cataracts and promoting cell growth and tissue repair.

VITAMIN E
An essential fat-soluble vitamin that includes eight naturally occurring compounds, and each
of these compounds exhibit different biological activities.  The most widely accepted
biological function of Vitamin E is related to its antioxidant activities.  Vitamin E is the most
effective chain breaking lipid-soluble antioxidant in the biological membrane.  It contributes
to membrane activity, protecting critical cellular structures against damage from oxygen free
radicals.

Deficiencies in Vitamin E may lead to reproductive failure, nutritional “muscular dystrophy,”
hemolytic anemia, and neurological and immunological abnormalities.

WHEY PROTEIN
The importance of protein in any carnivore’s diet cannot be understated, for it is critical in
building and maintaining muscle mass and other necessary metabolic functions.  Protein
deficiencies can lead to retarded skeletal and muscle growth and a weakened immune
system, which causes susceptibility to infections and degenerative diseases.  (Feline formula)

ZINC
Zinc is a component of almost one hundred enzymes involved in metabolic processes, most
of which work with the red blood cells to move carbon dioxide from the tissue to the lungs.  
Zinc, functioning as an important antioxidant, promotes normal growth and development, aids
in wound-healing, enhances cell division, repair and growth, and maintains normal levels of
Vitamin A in the blood.  It also helps to synthesize DNA and RNA.  Zinc deficiencies have been
linked to prostate hypertrophy, cancer, slow recovery from head injuries, diabetes, arthritis,
and reduced immune system responses.