Layn Natural Ingredients launches TruGro weight management solution


The company developed TruGro Weight Management pet food, treats, and supplements with all-natural, plant-based ingredients.

New from Layn Natural Ingredients, TruGro Weight Management is formulated from the ground up from plant-based ingredients designed to help support healthy weight in pets. TruGro offers the benefits of standardized, polyphenol-rich botanical extracts, which contain compounds that naturally occur in green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaves. The aim of the product is to leverage natural green tea extracts to effectively support healthy weight in canines and felines without the use of synthetic ingredients.

“The bond between humans and their pets has never been stronger and pet owners love to reward their pets with treats, which can have some weighty consequences,” said Collette Kakuk, VP of global marketing at Layn Natural Ingredients. “COVID-19 has exacerbated obesity and weight gain problems in both humans and their pets. 53% of pet owners reported giving their pets treats for no particular reason since the start of COVID-19.1 However, just like in humans, being obese also isn’t healthy for pets."

TruGro Weight Management is certified by the National Animal Supplement Council and aims to complement a multi-faceted approach to addressing the root issues of weight management in pets. “Helping pets stay healthy by losing weight requires a combination of diet and exercise, and supplementing pet diets with ingredients that help support healthy weight can give pet owners a jump start to stay ahead of pet weight challenges,” Kakuk noted.

TruGro Weight Management offers the following benefits:

  • Contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may boost metabolism2
  • As a potent metabolic antioxidant, supports healthy inflammation response, as unmanaged inflammation may be linked to obesity3
  • According to the release, aids in glucose absorption and mitigates conversion of non-absorbed glucose into fat to support healthy blood sugar
  • According to the release, contains catechins that help break down excess fat cells to improve lipid profile and metabolism.

“Obesity-related metabolic dysfunction, or ORMD, is related to metabolic syndrome described in obese humans, and involves obesity, dyslipidemia, high blood pressure, high insulin levels and low levels of adiponectin. According to recent studies, the rate of obese canines suffering from ORMD is over 20 percent,” said Juan Javierre, senior nutrition scientist at Layn Natural Ingredients.4-5

Javierre continued, “Research has shown that green tea extracts can help improve the metabolic status of obese dogs by reducing the expression of inflammatory cytokines, resulting in lower levels of liver inflammation induced by high fat diets. Studies have also identified the metabolic pathways linking metabolic oxidation with inflammation and helping to confirm that the root causes of ORMD in obese dogs is exacerbated by oxidative stress.”4-7


  1. Heuberger R, Wakshlag J. The relationship of feeding patterns and obesity in dogs. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2011;95(1):98-105. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0396.2010.01024.x
  2. Kapoor MP, Sugita M, Fukuzawa Y, Okubo T. Physiological effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) on energy expenditure for prospective fat oxidation in humans: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Nutr Biochem. 2017;43:1-10. doi:10.1016/j.jnutbio.2016.10.013
  3. Subauste AR, Burant CF. Role of FoxO1 in FFA-induced oxidative stress in adipocytes. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2007;293(1):E159-E164. doi:10.1152/ajpendo.00629.2006
  4. Tvarijonaviciute A, Ceron JJ, Holden SL, et al. Obesity-related metabolic dysfunction in dogs: a comparison with human metabolic syndrome. BMC Vet Res. 2012;8:147. Published 2012 Aug 28. doi:10.1186/1746-6148-8-147
  5. Montoya-Alonso JA, Bautista-Castaño I, Peña C, Suárez L, Juste MC, Tvarijonaviciute A. Prevalence of Canine Obesity, Obesity-Related Metabolic Dysfunction, and Relationship with Owner Obesity in an Obesogenic Region of Spain. Front Vet Sci. 2017;4:59. Published 2017 Apr 25. doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00059
  6. Li Y, Rahman SU, Huang Y, et al. Green tea polyphenols decrease weight gain, ameliorate alteration of gut microbiota, and mitigate intestinal inflammation in canines with high-fat-diet-induced obesity. J Nutr Biochem. 2020;78:108324. doi:10.1016/j.jnutbio.2019.108324
  7. Rahman SU, Huang Y, Zhu L, et al. Tea polyphenols attenuate liver inflammation by modulating obesity-related genes and down-regulating COX-2 and iNOS expression in high fat-fed dogs. BMC Vet Res. 2020;16(1):234. Published 2020 Jul 8. doi:10.1186/s12917-020-02448-7
Related Videos
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.