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Flavonoids in your cat’s food

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Feline hyperthyroidism is a common disease amongst middle-aged and senior cats. It is caused by an increase in the amount of hormone formed by the thyroid gland. The quantity of thyroid hormone has an effect on the feline’s metabolism rate and organ function. A rapid heart rate, weight loss and high blood pressure are common in cats with hyperthyroidism.

Researchers the University of Georgia, supported by Morris Animal Foundation, are looking into whether cat food ingredients play a part in disease development. In the laboratory, the researchers treated feline thyroid cell cultures with an assortment of cat food ingredients to decide upon whether these ingredients kindle normal thyroid cells. They learned that flavonoids, plant proteins found in commercially accessible cat food, set in motion cultured feline thyroid cells as effectively as a cat’s normal thyroid-stimulating hormone. This proposes that flavonoids may interfere with normal thyroid function and be a causative factor in the development of feline hyperthyroidism. Researchers have to verify these results by repeating the necessary experiments.

If the researchers identify nutritional causes of hyperthyroidism, it is hoped that these compounds can be reduced or avoided altogether in cat food, thus reducing the occurrence of disease and improving the nine lives of cats.

Studies are beginning to identify the ingredients in commercial pet foods accountable for the 19% and rising increase in hyperthyroidism cases over the last five years. No shock the cause is plant-based because cats are not herbivores and shouldn't be eating plants.

It is determined that plant proteins found in commercially available cat food trigger cultured feline thyroid cells as much as a cat’s normal thyroid-stimulating hormone. This puts forward the fact that flavonoids may interfere with normal thyroid function and be a contributing factor in the development of feline hyperthyroidism.

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