7 Key Nutrients Your Bully Needs That Help Build Energy, Muscle & Strength.
VitaBully’s complete nutrient rich supplement contains elements necessary for building strength, energy, bone, and muscle mass in your bully dog. Check out how these ingredients have been proven to support your dog’s overall health. These powerful ingredients are all found inside VitaBully vitamins for bullies.
Chicken Liver Hydrolysate
Chicken liver hydrolysate refers to a protein product produced by chemically combining the protein molecules in chicken liver with water, a process known as “hydrolysis.” This all-natural protein product is extracted out of food grade chicken livers and manufactured into either concentrated broths or spray-dried powders. The high levels of essential fatty acids in chicken liver hydrolysate is known to minimize a dog’s allergic reactions to food allergies and nourish the skin and coat.
A Chinese study first published in the December 2013 edition of The International Journal of Food Science and Technology purports to show high levels of antioxidant activity in mice fed chicken liver hydrolysate. The product was shown to be rich in aspartic acid (Vitamin C) and the necessary minerals manganese and selenium. Manganese ensures high-quality bone and cartilage growth and fuels the cells’ energy source; selenium acts in tandem with Vitamin E to protect against the free radicals that cause aging and fights cancer and inflammatory diseases.
Another study in the October 2014 edition of The Journal of Food Chemistry states that chicken liver hydrolysates, when combined with a high-protein diet, significantly decreased the amount of fat accumulation on the body. This leads to the dog’s body showing a more lean, defined musculature.
Calcium PhosphateCalicum phosphate, just as the name sounds, is a mineral combination of calcium and phosphorus. Also called “hydroxyapatite,” this compound works to build and strengthen bones and teeth. Separately, calcium is a necessary mineral for the normal functioning of nerves, cells, muscle and bone; phosphorus is important to nerve function and muscle contraction. A deficit of either mineral in a dog’s body leads to cell degeneration, muscle wasting and possible heart failure.
A direct application of calcium phosphates to damaged bone resulted in dramatic regeneration of bone tissue according to a 2004 study published in Progress in Solid State Chemistry. The use of the all-natural compound showed a closer similarity to the mineral component of real bone tissue than did earlier applications of a synthetic product.
Additionally, a similar 2012 study in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery demonstrates that repairing a break in cranial bone tissue with calcium phosphate cement significantly increases the strength of the trauma site and may provide added safety from further injury.
Cellulose consists of a string of glucose molecules (a polymer) found in the cell walls of plants. A major source of plant food, cellulose becomes an insoluble fiber in the canine body, passing through the digestive system virtually intact.
Supplementing fiber in a dog’s diet aids in digestive health, relieves constipation, and increases the elimination of toxic wastes from the body. A “stool normalizer,” fiber increases the animal’s metabolism contributing to the loss of fatty tissue and adding lean muscle mass.
An article on the PetMd website concludes, “Adding soluble fiber to the diet can be especially beneficial for animals that develop secondary bacterial overgrowth (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO).” Basically, in the dog’s gut, the addition of fiber allows for the fermentation of the so-called “good” bacteria that destroys harmful microbes and repairs intestinal damage. This contributes to overall systemic immunity and good health.
Magnesium oxideMagnesium oxide is a naturally occurring mineral vital to the normal function of a dog’s nerves, cells, muscles, bones, and heart. According to the National Institutes of Health, magnesium supports a dog’s healthy immune system, maintains a steady heart rate, aids in the production of energy, and helps regulate blood glucose levels. While most dietary magnesium comes from green, leafy vegetables, supplementation in the canine diet is necessary to prevent muscle weakness and cardiovascular changes, including an abnormal heartbeat.
Kelp (A Natural Source of Iodine)Kelp, the common name for leafy algae or seaweed, is harvested from the ocean floor, dried, and condensed into a canine supplement as a natural source of the mineral iodine. Since bully breeds are predisposed to hypothyroidism and a deficiency of iodine, kelp supplements can aid in the relief of this condition. In his book, “Homeopathic Care for Cats & Dogs,” Don Hamilton, DVM states that most dogs with hypothyroidism are prescribed the synthetic hormones that one contain only one essential ingredient of the thyroid hormone, the amino acid L-tyrosine. By supplementing with kelp – that contains L-tyrosine plus iodine – dogs with this condition “achieve a more balanced replenishment.” Although there are no available veterinary studies regarding the use of kelp, many holistic veterinarians and veterinary nutritionists believe that kelp improves the sensory receptors on nerve endings, aids in digestion, promotes healthy nails and blood vessels, and increases metabolism and energy levels.
"The increased metabolism allows for the growth of lean muscle mass with very little added body fat."
Stearic Acid (Vegetable Source)Stearic acid is an all-natural, saturated fatty acid obtained from animal fats and oils. Human studies have found that small amounts of supplemental stearic acid can lower LDL cholesterol levels and aid in cardiac health. In the bully breeds prone to cardiac disease, supplementing of fatty acids is vital to continued good cholesterol numbers.
Along with the anti-oxidant properties already proven to help with increased immunity, ongoing cardiac health, the destruction of free radicals, and the rejuvenation of cellular activity, stearic fatty acid increases the efficacy of Vitamin C. A 2013 study in the New Journal of Chemistry states that, when combined with stearic acid, Vitamin C – a water-soluble vitamin – shows decreased rates of deterioration and stays in the body longer, thus allowing the animal to enjoy more of the benefits of that nutrient.
Ascorbic acid, a form of Vitamin C, is an all-natural, organic compound that, while necessary for good health, is not stored in the dog’s body and must be replenished daily. Vital for the growth and repair of tissues, ascorbic acid helps in the healing of wounds, the maintenance and repair of bones and teeth, and the manufacture of a dog’s skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels.
A well-known anti-oxidant, ascorbic acid blocks the free radicals that can damage cells and contribute to such diseases as cancer, arthritis and cardiac disease. Additionally, Vitamin C plays a vital role in protecting your dog against high blood pressure, influenza, age-related macular degeneration, and pre-eclampsia in pregnant bitches. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, studies suggest that Vitamin C also helps to maintain healthy gums, decrease blood sugar levels in diabetic dogs and boost the overall function of the immune system.
While many animals can source ascorbic acid by eating fresh fruits and vegetables (including cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, mango, broccoli, raw and cooked leafy greens, winter squash, raspberries, and blueberries), supplementing your dog’s diet with ascorbic acid on a daily basis may be easier and more cost-effective. Looking for a supplement that contains these 7 powerful nutrients? Check out Vita Bully Supplements for bullies, pitbulls and all bull breeds.