Zucchini contains numerous nutrients that can aid the growth and development of guinea pig. Some of these nutrients include:
- Dietary fiber
- Beta carotene
- Vitamins A-K
The health benefits of zucchini to guinea pigs cannot be undermined. Here are some health benefits guinea pig derive when they eat zucchini.
Aids food digestion
Zucchini possesses both insoluble and soluble fibers. These would help the guinea pigs develop a healthy digestive process.
Improves vision and sight
Zucchini contains vitamin C, beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These can help improve the sight of guinea pigs and also prevent the guinea pigs from developing eye complications like cataract and macular degeneration.
Serves as Antioxidants
Zucchini is rich in antioxidants like zeaxanthin, beta carotene and lutein. These antioxidants serve as counter measures to free radicals which cause damage to cells and diseases and infections to guinea pigs. The skin of zucchini has antioxidants much more than other parts, so to prevent diseases, the skin should be fed to the guinea pig as well.
Balances the blood sugar level
Fibers in zucchini raises the insulin sensitivity and invariably balances and brings the sugar levels of the blood of the guinea pig to stability.
Necessary for a healthy heart
Research shows that diets that are rich in fibers are possible solutions to complications related to the heart. With the fiber in zucchini, excess cholesterol in the Guinea pig would be brought to a minimal level.
Zucchini also contains magnesium and vitamin C – K which helps in the development of strong bones in guinea pigs. They also help in weight control in the guinea pigs.