Sweet lupine – a local superfood

Sweet lupine products are a LOCAL SUPERFOOD term, especially among vegans and athletes.
Just like protein-rich soybeans, sweet lupine is used to make plant-based alternatives to cow's milk, yogurt and ice cream.
The sweet lupine is a native plant and is a legume.
This plant family also includes peas, chickpeas and peanuts.
What all members of this family have in common is the high proportion of easily biologically usable protein.

Sweet lupine powder is one of the main components of the DIALVIT PET ingredients list, because the sweet lupine seed powder is not only an excellent source of protein (approx. 40%), but also rich in digestion-relevant fiber (15%), divalent iron and valuable antioxidants.
It is also low in fat and carbohydrates.

Proteins are universal building blocks for the body; they are produced in...
The small intestine is broken down into its individual parts (the amino acids).
The body now uses the amino acids to reassemble everything from body cells, hormones, neurotransmitters to enzymes.
Amino acids therefore form the basis for all important regulations in the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
They also play an elementary role for the intact immune system.

The special thing about sweet lupine protein: it has an alkaline effect.
Eating alkaline foods prevents the body from becoming overly acidic. Hyperacidity – you hear that often. What does that actually mean?

Different areas of the body have different pH values and therefore more acidic or more alkaline environments.
For example, the stomach contents are acidic in order to destroy germs in the food and initiate the first chemical digestion steps.
In the small intestine it continues to be alkaline and in the blood we need a pH of 7.4 (there can only be the slightest deviations here).
All metabolic processes in the body are determined by a finely tuned interaction of acids and bases.

If an excess of acids is consumed (through grains and meat) and too few bases (vegetables, fruit), an imbalance can arise in the body.
The acids are deposited in the connective tissue or put a strain on the kidneys and liver, which have to convert and excrete more.
A whole range of problems arise for an over-acidic organism, from arthrosis, stone disease, kidney diseases, muscle diseases, metabolic disorders, dysbacteriosis and even tumor diseases.
It is therefore important to have a balanced intake of acid and alkaline-forming foods.

Let's now take a look at the trace element iron contained in sweet lupine.
According to the NRC's recommendation, a 25 kg dog needs just under 80 mg of iron on average per week.
Iron is usually found in plants with poor bioavailability (trivalent non-heme iron, Fe3+).
Not so in sweet lupine powder, here we have divalent heme iron (Fe2+), which the body can absorb and metabolize more easily.
Our pets' bodies need iron primarily for the formation of the blood pigment hemoglobin, which is crucial for oxygen transport.

The sweet lupine flour in DIALVIT PET is an important nutrient supplier, especially for our older pets, which stimulates blood formation and improves oxygen supply, supplies the intestinal microbiome and thus optimizes intestinal health and, last but not least, provides the building blocks for all of the body's metabolic and structural processes.

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