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Raw Food & Pet Supplements
Of nutrients but your pet`s body might not be able to extract them, leaving his or her cells gasping and vulnerable to premature aging and illness. Processing and long term shelving of these foods inevitably compromises their nutritional value. Even though most of us are aware of these nutritional limitations, we still default to accepting bagged food as a staple for the sake of convenience. Fortunately, more of us are doing something about it to give our pets the chance they deserve for a fuller, longer and richer quality of life
Of course, whole raw food is the healthiest way to feed our pets as long as it’s properly formulated to supply the highest bioavailable nutrient density. Bioavailability refers to how well the ingredients and all of the nutritional components are absorbed and used by the body. Feeding a fresh raw diet; however, is not an option for all of us. Dry kibble and canned wet food are so convenient that they are easy for most of us to justify. Convenience, not nutritional value, is the primary reason these products are popular today.
Supplementing meals that are made up of dry food can help pump some life back into your pet. Unfortunately, supplementing these processed dried foods doesn’t free our pets from the metabolic interference caused by intense food processing. Ultimately, feeding a raw diet is the first big step toward providing healthier nourishment, void of the unwanted by-products created from processing oxidation. The process of making dry kibble and canned wet food; for example, the high heat, oxygen exposure and vigorous mixing of grains and meats, alters the beneficial nutrients in the food. The nutrient damage has been irrefutably documented for decades.
The ailments and diseases that we see today at epidemic levels are frequently linked to unnatural man-made levels of toxins in our human- and pet-intended convenience foods. As much as whole raw foods are the best source of nutrition, we face another man-made challenge that has also chipped away at this source of nourishment. The nutritional profile of the meat derived from domesticated livestock is dependent on man-made feed. Meat sources from animals in the wild have a different nutrient profile that might include higher mineral, vitamin, and even antioxidant levels. They also generally have higher levels of naturally occurring creatine, a specialized amino acid that supplies the vital energy to every cell in our pets. Domestic meat sources provide different fatty acid proportions which may not be as health-promoting as the fatty acid profiles found in wild meat sources. This is most evident in farmed salmon versus wild salmon food stock.
Fruits and vegetables are also nutrient-compromised due to today’s commercial practices. They are grown in faster growth cycles, in chemically fertilized plots and picked earlier in their maturation phase to ripen during transit across the continent and globe. This reduces the nutrient potential of our fruits and vegetables.
The supplementation of any diet with vitamins, minerals, phytoantioxidants, as well as a blend of polyunsaturated fatty acid, increases nutrient density and the health potential of any food we choose for our pet. This includes raw. This increased health potential that supplementation can offer is not only required because of food-borne limitations. The assault by environmental toxins is escalating as well.
When we impose the environmental pollution on our pets as well as these nutritional limitations, their bodies simply cannot cope. These deficiencies amidst the new age stress from our fast-paced lifestyles set the stage for premature aging and skin disease and they contribute to joint degeneration and other common ailments.
Choosing The Right Supplement
For Therapy Or Prevention
Our pets’ digestive system is shorter than ours; it runs faster than our own and functions at a different pH level. Using tablet forms of these supplements is not the best way to deliver bioavailable nutrition. Powder or liquid forms are more efficiently absorbed and utilized by our companion animals, while the binders associated with tablet formation are a hindrance to their faster moving gastrointestinal tract.
Additionally, these nutrients MUST be provided in the correct proportions for their specialized metabolisms. Human supplements are designed for our own metabolic needs and are not best suited to treat and maintain our pet’s health. Your companion's health is in your hands. It's up to you to take a proactive role. Supplementation with vitamins, minerals phytoantioxidants and essential fatty acids is necessary today if maximum health is desired and quality of life is to be maintained in your pet’s senior years.3
Franco Cavaleri, BSc NB Nutraceutical Biochemist, is a graduate of UBC, who majored in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry. He has been the recipient of several awards Canadian Health Industry including nine formulation awards and is a bestseller author of a book derived from his thesis: POTENTIAL WITHIN–A Guide to Nutritional Empowerment. Franco is also the author of; YOUR DOGS HEALTH which provides detailed scientific references for the science and dietary choices discussed in this article. www.biologicnr.com