The Puppy and the Dog They have been man’s companion through the ages and adapted to their owners, but they have their own behavioural and nutritional demands. Knowing and respectingthem will guarantee their health and well-being.

The cat’s feline nature is always a matter of fascination.He adapts with apparent ease to daily life, and yet he has behavioural and nutritional requirements of his own. Knowing them and respecting them will guarantee his well-being and his health.

Because of its composition, a Royal Canin Health Nutrition food provides all essential nutrients measured out with utmost precision in order to contribute every day and on a long-term basis to the well-being and health of every animal, according to his age, his size, his physiological condition and his breed.

Innovation for the sake of dogs and cats’ health. For over 40 years, Royal Canin has worked with breeder partners and veterinary nutritionists to go ever further into innovation and precision to enable us to formulate nutritional solutions which perfectly meet dogs and cats’ real needs.

Other Nutrients

Polyphenols

Polyphenols

Polyphenols form a family of major antioxidants, which protect the cell membranes and DNA, preventing some mutations that cause cancer.

A little background information

Some epidemiological studies in humans have shown a positive correlation between the regular moderate consumption of red wine - a concentrated source of polyphenols – and a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease (e.g. atherosclerosis). This is currently known as the French paradox. Dogs and cats on the other hand are rarely affected by atherosclerosis, as they possess less LDL cholesterol (“low-density lipoprotein cholesterol”) than humans.

Their role in the body

The major positive of polyphenols is their impact on free radicals, limiting the harmful effects of oxidative stress. The incorporation of green tea polyphenols in the diet can improve oral hygiene. Some compounds inhibit the growth of dental plaque bacteria, which cause periodontal disease, a common complaint among aging animals. The positive effect of flavanols, a special category of polyphenols, has also been observed in kidney and heart disease. They stimulate nitric oxide production, relaxing the smooth muscle fibres of the blood vessels. Daily administration of flavanols is associated with a fall in blood pressure.

Natural sources

There are more than 8000 known types of polyphenols and they are found in all vegetable sources. They are involved in pigmentation (tanins), growth, reproduction and plant resistance to disease. Grapes, green tea and cacao are the plants with the highest flavanol content.