Céline Nicolas graduated in Veterinary Medicine and as a PhD from the University of Nantes (France). She then worked as a Post-doctoral fellow and Research Assistant at the University of Bristol (UK) for 5 years and at the University of Nice (France) for 2 years. She has published several articles in reputed journals and joined Virbac in 2016. \r\n\r\n
The palatability and chewing time of Veggiedent® ZEN and Veggiedent® FLEX (Virbac) were evaluated in independent studies. Both products combine the FR3SH™ technology (pomegranate, erythritol and inulin) for fresh breath and either L-theanine (Veggiedent® ZEN), known to support relaxation or Eggshell membrane (Veggiedent® FLEX), known to support joint health and mobility.\r\nOver the 37 dogs testing Veggiedent® ZEN, all took the chew (prehension: 100%), 35/37 chewed it (chewing: 95%) and 34/37 completely consumed the chew (acceptability: 92%). The mean (SD) chewing time was of 244 (122) sec and was of 228 (85) sec (= 3 min 48 sec) after exclusion of 1 atypical dog chewing for more than 10 min. \r\nAll the 36 dogs testing Veggiedent® FLEX took it (prehension: 100%), chewed it (chewing: 100%) and totally consumed it (acceptability: 100%). The mean (SD) chewing time was of 319 (148) sec and was of 288 (109) sec (= 4 min 48 sec) after exclusion of 3 atypical dogs chewing for more than 10 min.\r\nThe ileal digestibility of dry matter of these two products was also tested in an independent lab, based on Boisen’s method in vitro1, following 2 incubation steps: one with a pepsin solution, pH2 for 6h to mimic gastric digestion and one with a pancreatin solution, pH 6.8 for 18h to mimic small intestinal digestion. Both products were found to be 100% digestible. \r\nTherefore, Veggiedent® ZEN and Veggiedent® FLEX are highly palatable and totally digestible in vitro.\r\n
Dr. Yu-Lan Chiang has completed her RD, DrPH (Nutrition) from Loma Linda University, California, USA and Naturopathic Doctor (ND) from Bastyr University, Seattle, USA. She is a registered ND and RD in California and also has Craniosacral Therapy and Kinesio Taping certification from Bastyr University. She got rewards from California Walnut Commission, California, in 2007 and involved and published many reputed journals in USA and Taiwan. Recently she got invited by 3rd world Congress and Expo on Traditional and Alternative Medicine to present her research work on ““Integrative Medicine Approach to Caring Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with Gastrointestinal Symptoms: An Uncontrolled Pilot Study” on 6/6/2019 Berlin, Germany. She has been contributing Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Medicine more than 15 years in USA and currently is a clinical trial coordinator and Integrative Medicine consultant at Red House Children\'s Hospital, Longyou and director of education at International Society for Naturopathic Medicine in China. \r\n
In reality, Nutrition matters far more than calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrate etc. Recent studies in the USA found nutrition has the relationship with mood, has the characteristic of antiinflammation, and even has the function of lower blood pressure such as DASH diet. Nutritional Medicine is a science-based medicine and sees each person as an integrated whole. It looks for the underlying causes, which, although often partly genetic, are usually very much, tied up with nutritional, lifestyle and environmental factors. It provides a holistic outlook on how nutrition impacts health, the relationship between diet and disease, as well as a focused understanding of how nutritional, dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors impact wellbeing through the lifespan. Nutritional Medicine combines food as medicine traditions and dietary therapy with recent scientific advances in nutritional biochemistry and therapeutics, which are now used by naturopathic, conventional and holistic practitioners alike in USA.