Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient
Continuing our analysis of dog food ingredients, we are now up to the letter M. Today’s dog food ingredient is Marigold.
What is Marigold?
Marigold, in the plant genus Calundula, is a short-lived aromatic and herbaceous perennial, growing to 80 cm (31 inches) tall. The marigold blooms in vivid yellow, orange, and gold colors.
Common names for Marigold
Some of the more common names for marigold include calendula, garden marigold, gold bloom, and holligold. In pet food, it is often found in the form of marigold extract.
Why is Marigold in Dog Food?
Marigold is added to dog food due to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a source of antioxidants and can add flavor.
Is Marigold Commonly Used in Dog Food?
Marigold is included in about 3.0% of all dog foods.
Common Benefits or Risks of Marigold
Marigold has high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants (which give the plant its bright color) that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals. Marigold appears to fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.
Marigold contains large amounts of lutein which is found in the retina of the eye. Lutein protects the eye from the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Traditionally, marigold extracts have been used to treat stomach upset and ulcers,
The antioxidants in marigolds might help fight and prevent cancer, according to a study in the October 1998 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. In this study, researchers from Washington State University examined the effects of lutein, an antioxidant extracted from marigolds, on breast cancer tumors.
Marigold is generally considered safe. It can cause drowsiness, so caution is advised if your dog is on medication that might also cause drowsiness. Check with your vet.
Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level
Marigold and marigold extract is a source of anti-oxidants, is an anti-inflammatory, and can act as a natural preservative. For these reasons, we give marigold the SlimDoggy Smiley Rating.
Miscellaneous Facts about Marigold
The name calendula is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae, meaning “little calendar”, “little clock”
Romans and Greeks used the golden calendula in many rituals and ceremonies, sometimes wearing crowns or garlands made from the flowers.
Marigold is used topically for treating acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and as a soothing ointment.
Sources and Further Reading
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