Wholesome Ingredients and Their Benefits
BLUE's ingredients are natural and healthy for your pet.
Alfalfa is one of the richest mineral foods containing abundant amounts of trace minerals (zinc, iron and manganese), vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin C) nutrients needed by dogs and cats to sustain well-being.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Bifidobacterium Longum and Enterococcus Faecium are active dehydrated cultures added to BLUE dog and cat foods after processing. They are activated on ingesting the food and help to maintain normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine. They aid in digestion and reduce the occurrence of diarrhea, contributing to colon and rectum health.
Whole Barley is the whole grain with the hull and bran. It is a good carbohydrate source for energy, B vitamins and fiber for colon health. It is an excellent source of soluble fiber and has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Barley is a quality grain source and minimizes allergic reactions typically associated with corn or wheat.
Beta-Carotene plays an important role in animal health as a precursor of Vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient needed for normal growth development, reproduction, immune function, and vision. In addition to its role as a precursor of Vitamin A, it also acts as an antioxidant and a potent quencher of singlet oxygen. Singlet oxygen and free radicals are unstable chemical species that can arise from normal body metabolism or from environmental exposure to cigarette smoke, air pollutants, radiation, certain drugs and environmental toxins, and if not neutralized can cause serious cellular damage leading to certain chronic diseases.
Also known as Vitamin H, it is active in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and protein, and the formation of fatty acids. It promotes normal health of sweat glands, nerve tissue, bone marrow, blood cells, skin, and hair. It is essential for growth and well-being.
A natural whole grain rice that is associated with natural health foods. The bran portion provides essential B vitamins, minerals and fiber. Brown rice is an excellent, high–quality complex carbohydrate source for energy and fiber for colon health.
Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5)
One of the B vitamins, it acts as a coenzyme in the conversion of amino acids and is important for healthy skin. It also promotes normal growth and development and aids in the release of energy from foods.
Carrots provide antioxidants and health protecting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are high in Vitamin A and carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants providing protection against free radicals (cancer causing agents). The carrots used in BLUE dog and cat foods are whole fresh carrots sourced from approved USDA sources.
Minerals are hard to absorb. If they are attached to an easily absorbable substance, they will get into the bloodstream more readily. BLUE uses minerals that are chelated or "attached to" easily absorbable amino acids. As a result, BLUE minerals are up to four times more readily absorbed than commonly used inorganic minerals.
A high–quality, highly digestible protein source that provides essential amino acids, fatty acids, and certain minerals for muscle development, organ function, and energy. The chicken used in BLUE natural dog and cat foods comes from USDA–inspected facilities.
A high–quality source of essential fatty acids and energy, chicken fat is also high in linoleic acid (source of Omega 6 fatty acids), which helps promote healthy skin and coat. The chicken fat in BLUE natural dog and cat foods comes from USDA–inspected facilities and is stabilized with natural, mixed tocopherols and rosemary to maintain freshness.
Chicken meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking chicken at high temperatures, extracting the fat and drying the meat residue. It is a meat protein, providing essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is naturally stabilized with mixed tocopherols and rosemary to preserve freshness.
Chicory Root is a perennial Old World herb cultivated as a source of inulin for pets. Known as a "prebiotic" that feeds the good bacteria and hinders the growth of bad bacteria in the pets' digestive track.
a potent antioxidant that helps to thin the blood, strengthen the heart and maintain good circulation. It contains a natural antibiotic and antiseptic called allicin and is also known to help fight cancer.
Copper Amino Acid Complex
Copper promotes normal red blood cell formation, acts as a catalyst in storage and release of iron to form hemoglobin for red blood cells, assists in the production of several enzymes involved in respiration, promotes connective-tissue formation and central nervous system function and promotes normal insulin function. Copper is an essential mineral for preventing anemia in dogs and cats.
An antioxidant that fights free radicals (toxins) in the body; a natural acidifier that contributes to urinary tract health, preventing bacterial infection in the urinary tract, and aid in the prevention of struvite crystals in the bladder and urethra.
Egg is a source of high quality protein and fatty acids. It is a complete protein source providing all the essential amino acids contributing to growth and muscle development. The fatty acid profile includes arachidonic acid, and Omega 6 fatty acids associated with healthy skin and coat. The eggs used in BLUE products are whole and fresh from USDA approved facilities.
Ground flax seed contains flax seed oil, which is one of the richest sources of the essential Omega 3 fatty acids (linolenic acid). Flax is a good source of essential amino acids and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs and cats. Flax is beneficial for its anti-inflammatory effect and has been known to help arthritis and prevent cancer. Flax seed is also a great fiber source that aids in digestion. Also an excellent source of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids that promote healthy skin and coat.
Guar Gum is primarily used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. A highly soluble and highly digestible fiber with a low caloric content that is known to significantly reduce cholesterol levels.
Iron Amino Acid Complex
Iron is an essential mineral for preventing anemia, stimulating bone-marrow production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the red-blood cell pigment that carries oxygen to body cells and forms part of several enzymes and proteins.
Lamb is a highly digestible protein source providing essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for muscle development, energy, and coat condition. Amino acids and fatty acids are more readily available in lamb since it is not subjected to a high heat process. Lamb used in BLUE pet foods is New Zealand Free-Range lamb and is hormone, antibiotic and steroid free.
Lamb Meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking lamb at high temperatures, extracting the fat and drying the meat residue. It is a meat protein, providing essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is naturally stabilized with mixed tocopherols and rosemary to preserve freshness.
Manganese Amino Acid Complex
Manganese is an essential mineral for normal growth and development, aids in carbohydrate metabolism, promotes nerve functions, aids in formation of connective tissue and is involved in the antioxidation process.
An essential mineral for normal growth and development, manganese aids in carbohydrate metabolism, promotes nerve functions, helps with the formation of connective tissue and is involved in the antioxidation process.
Menhaden Fish Meal
A meal obtained from processing fish of the menhaden species. It is an excellent source of high–quality fish protein and Omega 3 essential fatty acids including EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and arachionic acid; fatty acids associated with preventing coronary artery disease and protecting against arteriosclerosis. Omega 3 fatty acids are also associated with improved immune response and are potential anti-inflammatory aids.
Vitamin B3 is also called Nicotinic Acid or Nicotinamide. It is essential for healthy nerves and skin. It is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats and reduces cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Important for the proper health of the central nervous and GI systems.
Oatmeal is an excellent carbohydrate source for energy. It is a high quality grain source that is rich in B vitamins and minimizes allergic reactions typically associated with wheat and corn. Whole oats are the whole grain with hull and brand. Oatmeal is known to help protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer as well as help to lower cholesterol and maintain the proper levels of blood sugar.
Essential for the metabolism of fats, fatty acids and the production of hormones, sterols and enzymes. It is helpful in the prevention of diseases of the GI tract and the immune system, particularly diseases of the adrenal gland system. Important in cell building and the central nervous system.
Fresh parsley is an herb associated with reducing urinary tract inflammation, aids in digestion and increases renal function to help the body dispose of excessive fluid by increasing urine production. It also contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C, vitamins associated with antioxidant properties.
Potassium Iodide is used as a bioavailable source of iodide. Iodide is essential for thyroid health; it promotes normal cell function and is important in the formation of bones, teeth, muscles, and blood.
Vitamin B6 is essential for the metabolism of proteins. It acts as a cofactor for the large hydrochloride number of enzymes involved in amino acid and metabolism. It is also involved in the metabolism of the precursor of heme—a compound of blood that helps in the normal function of the brain.
Salmon meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking salmon at high temperatures, extracting the fat, and drying the remaining meat. Because it is a meat protein, salmon meal provides essential amino acids, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for muscle development and energy.
A natural form of salt obtained from processing seawater. It is a supplement for sodium and chloride, essential nutrients required by dogs and cats. Sodium and chloride are electrolytes. They help regulate water balance in the body, aid in muscle contraction and nerve transmission and regulate the body's acid-balance. Sea salt also contains trace minerals associated with animal health.
Sodium Selenite is a source of selenium. Selenium is important to healthy muscles and nerves. It is also important in fertility and enhances the antioxidant characteristics of Vitamin E.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows on the surface of alkaline lakes. It is one of the oldest plants on the planet. Algae are associated with providing therapeutic as well as nutritional value. Spirulina contains B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, gamma-linolenic acid, iron and protein. Health benefits have been associated with improving immunity and increasing beneficial bacteria in the intestine for colon track health.
Oil obtained from processing sunflower seeds. It is an excellent source of Omega 6 fatty acids also containing 62-70% linoleic acid. Omega 6 fatty acids are associated with coat and skin health. Sunflower oil used in BLUE dog and cat foods are naturally stabilized with Natural Mixed Tocopherols (a source of Vitamin E) to provide freshness.
Sweet Potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, B vitamins and beta-carotene. They provide phytochemicals and carotenoids; sources of antioxidant agents providing natural protection against free radicals (cancer causing agents). The sweet potatoes used in BLUE dog and cat foods are fresh whole sweet potatoes sourced from USDA approved vendors.
Vitamin B1 is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and protein. It is also important for a healthy nervous system, keeps mucous membranes healthy, maintains normal function of the nervous system, muscles and heart. Also promotes normal growth and development.
Vitamin A is essential for healthy bones, teeth, hair, skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. It is an oil soluble vitamin and is important to the immune system especially for respiratory infections. It is a building block of rhodopsin, a compound in the retina responsible for sight in partial darkness.
Zinc Amino Acid Complex
Zinc is an essential mineral important in helping to support healthy skin, hair and mucous membranes. It has antioxidant properties, helps maintain normal taste and sense of smell, aids in healing and promoting a healthy immune system, helps synthesize DNA and RNA and promotes normal growth and development.
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