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Cartenoids

Cartenoids are compounds that give pigment to leafy plants and vegetables. Orange and red cartenoids are classified as carotenes and yellow pigment cartenoids are classified as xanthophylls. They are used by green plants in photosynthesis as well as to preserve clorophyll and help protect plants during periods of excessive sunlight. Animals cannot produce cartenoids on their own, and must either consume cartenoid rich vegetables or animal products that have accumulated cartenoids. In the past cartenoids were most commonly known as a source of vitamin A. This is because some cartenoids, especially beta-carotene and alpha-carotene are converted to vitamin A in the body. New research has shown that cartenoids are involved in many processes in the body as well as being powerful antioxidants. Two cartenoids, Lutein and zeaxanthin accumulate in the retina and in much the same way as they protect plants, they defend the retina from powerful sun rays. There is evidence that diets rich in cartenoids reduce the risk of macular degeneration and slow the development of age related cataracts. The highest concentration of cartenoids are found in the corpus luteum and so play an important role in female reproduction. Cartenoids influence colon health, cardiovascular health, diabetes and insulin levels, as well as defending against radiation, boosting the immune system, maintaining healthy mucous tissues, and aiding in the production of red and white blood cells. Foods rich in cartenoids include carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale and other leafy greens, and eggs. To supplement your Dog with cartenoids try using organic freeze dried kale powder, organic alfalfa powder, or kelp powder. Alternate them to get a well rounded assortment from different sources. They are fat soluble so when supplementing your Dog with cartenoids, it is good to mix them with fish oil, coconut oil or another healthy fat, then mix directly into their food. (See Lutein, zeaxanthin, alfalfa, kelp, corpus luteum.)

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