Why Yucca Root?
Why Yucca Root?
You may have noticed a strange sounding ingredient, Yucca Root or Schidigera, on the label of your dog’s food, and are wondering what on earth it is. Yucca Schidigera — also known as Spanish Dagger, Mojave Yucca, or simply Yucca — is a plant belonging to the lily family that grows in the desert areas of southern California, Arizona, southern Nevada, New Mexico in the United States, and also in Mexico. Yucca root extract is used to help remove toxins from the body, aid digestion, fight inflammation and reduce body odours.
Is Yucca Root Good for Dogs?
Native American Indians used Yucca as a medicinal cure for headaches, arthritis and dandruff, and other ailments. It has also long been used as an ingredient in soap due to its deodorizing properties. Studies have shown that Yucca is a powerful antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, adding it to pet food may help improve joint health and reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.
Yucca root extract is rich in a number of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin B, vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, protein and niacin. It also contains two steroidal saponins (phytosterols), sarsasapogenin and smilagenin, which not only help the body absorb vitamins and minerals, but also serve as building blocks for corticosteroids, a class of steroid hormones produced naturally within the body. Steroidal saponins play an important role in supporting immune functions within the body and also for fighting inflammation. Due to these properties, studies indicate that yucca root may be beneficial for relieving pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
In addition to its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, Yucca root can also help to reduce the production of urease, an enzyme that catalyses the hydrolysis of urea to form ammonia and carbon dioxide, giving urine and faeces its offensive smell. Consequently, it is often added to pet food to control odours from pet waste (urine and faeces). Studies have revealed that Yucca root can reduce the offensiveness of waste odours by up to 26%. The hypro premium grain-free range of dry dog food is manufactured by an Australian family owned and operated business and made from at least 98% Australian ingredients contains Yucca Schidigera, together with a wide range of other locally sourced superfoods and holistic natural ingredients that will benefit your dog’s health and well-being.