Bio-Cardio - Thorne Veterinary / Cardiovascular Support
small animal cardiac support
- supports cardiac muscle function
- promotes oxygen utilization
- enhances physical stamina
- contains CoQ10, a potent antioxidant necessary for every cell
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, one in 10 dogs suffers from poor cardiovascular health. Although some dogs have a genetic predisposition to cardiovascular problems, other factors such as nutritional deficiencies and obesity can certainly contribute.
A number of animal health products, including coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), vitamin E, L-carnitine, taurine, potassium, and magnesium have generated positive research results in helping to maintain a healthy heart. In addition, various botanical substances can provide cardiac support.
Bio-Cardio for small animals combines the unique antioxidant and cardio-protective qualities of CoQ10 with other cardio-protective ingredients and botanicals. Research on CoQ10 in animals demonstrates that it promotes the heart's oxygen utilization and helps maintain a healthy myocardium.
Certain amino acids are essential to cardiac function. For example, supplementation with taurine to support healthy cardiac function in cats is well established, because unlike humans and dogs, cats are unable to synthesize taurine. Thus, in the feline population, taurine is considered an essential amino acid. L-carnitine is essential for cellular energy production in the mitochondria and supports muscle metabolism, including the heart muscle. Supplementation with L-carnitine has been shown to improve appetite and exercise tolerance in dogs. Dimethylglycine enhances oxygen usage and also improves muscle metabolism.
Maintaining a healthy level of antioxidants to balance oxidative stress is essential for all tissues of the body, including the heart. Vitamin E provides essential antioxidant activity in fat-soluble tissues; selenium is a necessary cofactor for glutathione peroxidase.
Magnesium and potassium are essential minerals for healthy cardiac contractility and for maintaining a healthy heart rhythm; magnesium is essential for regulating vascular smooth muscle tone. Deficiencies of these two minerals often occur concurrently; therefore, it is essential to replete both of them.
Botanicals in Bio-Cardio include Crataegus laevigata (hawthorn extract), Tribulus terrestris extract, and Terminalia arjuna (arjuna extract), all of which contribute to healthy heart muscle functioning. Eleutherococcus senticosus (eleuthero root extract), an adaptogen, is added to support physical stamina.
Active Ingredients Per Capsule:
L-Carnitine (L-Carnitine L-Tartrate) 140 mg.
Taurine 140 mg.
Desiccated Heart (Bovine) 70 mg.
Hawthorn extract (flowering tops) (Crataegus laevigata) 70 mg.
Eleuthero extract (root) (Eleutherococcus senticosus) 70 mg.
d-Alpha Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) (70 IU) 58 mg.
Dimethylglycine (Hydrochloride) 35 mg.
Coenzyme Q10 20 mg.
Arjuna extract (bark) (Terminalia arjuna) 17.5 mg.
Tribulus terrestris extract 17.5 mg.
Magnesium (Citrate-Malate) 500 mcg.
Potassium (Citrate-Malate) 100 mcg.
Selenium (Picolinate) 7 mcg.
Inactive Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, Leucine, Natural Bacon Flavoring, Silicon Dioxide.
For use in cats and dogs only.
Recommended for optimal cardiovascular functioning.
Contains ingredient derived from soy.
Directions for Use:
Cats: ½ capsule daily
Dogs: 1 capsule per 25 lbs body weight daily
Safety during pregnancy is a concern.
If animal's condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian.
Federal law prohibits the off-label use of this product in ruminants.
May be contraindicated in subjects with hypertension and anxiety. May be hypoglycemic.
Not recommended for long term use.
For animal use only.
Keep out of the reach of children and animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a health professional immediately.
The Cautions and Warnings for individual Thorne Vet products are required to be included on the label by the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) and were written by the NASC's Scientific Advisory Risk Assessment Committee.