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Functional Foods and Advances in Pet Nutrition
Many people are now choosing to eat foods which include ingredients that are widely recognised to have functional benefits in the body that go beyond simply providing an adequate supply of nutrients. The good news is that there is now a wide variety of pet foods supplemented with ingredients selected to support the body’s metabolism and natural defences, including: immune response support –gastrointestinal tract function skin health and coat condition, and antioxidant support
Omega 3, antioxidants and immune support
Over recent years, there has been extensive research in both human and pet nutrition exploring the role of a range of natural antioxidants such as lycopene (found in tomatoes), carotenoids (found in colourful vegetables such as carrots) and omega-3 fatty acids in immune response and health. Omega 3 fatty acids have a different chemical structure to omega 6 fatty acids (see below) and rich sources include fish and some plants such as flaxseed. The role of naturally occurring antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids in influencing and mediating inflammatory and immune responses within the body is an area of on-going interest and investigation in both human and animal nutrition.
Intestinal health, function and dietary fibre
Dietary fibres are found naturally in the plants that we eat. They are parts of plant that are not digested in our stomachs, so they pass through our system undigested. Dietary fibre is either soluble or insoluble. The importance of regular intake of dietary fibre is now well recognised in human health and both types of fibre are important for digestion and helping to prevent a range of serious health conditions and constipation. Dietary fibre provides bulk and helps to regulate stool volume and consistency. Soluble dietary fibre can also have positive health benefits for the animal by selectively stimulating the growth and activity of the bacteria that live in the lower part of the intestine (colon), to provide a natural defence mechanism against invasion by bacteria that are potentially damaging to the animal with important potential benefits. In good news for dogs, many prepared pet foods now include selected vegetable fibres, such as sugar beet pulp and other vegetable fibre sources to help support gastrointestinal function
Skin & coat condition
A number of nutrients are now known to have a crucial role in the normal functioning of the skin and coat condition in dogs and cats. These include protein, essential fatty acids, zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins.
Many prepared pet foods include omega 6 fatty acids found in oilseeds such as sunflower, canola and safflower. Omega 6 fatty acids are recognised as important nutrients for reproduction, tissue repair, skin health and coat condition. B-group vitamins and zinc are also key nutrients for healthy skin and are widely incorporated into prepared pet foods to support healthy skin and coats.
Research into pet nutrition continues, providing greater understanding of the role of specific food ingredients and well-being. A trip to your supermarket, pet shop or veterinary clinic will provide you many options for your pet, including foods specifically designed to assist in keeping older pets mobile, help manage fur balls in long haired cats and to enhance skin and coat or oral health in dogs and cats.
Extensive research in people has shown a positive association between the consumption of many food components found in tropical fruits, vegetables, grains, fish oil and legumes and their positive effect on health and protection against a range of diseases. These “functional food ingredients”, include natural antioxidants like carotenoids, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and dietary fibre for intestinal health.
Vitapet 100 is an ideal candidate for antioxidant supplementation inclusion for any canine and equine food product. This whole fruit mangosteen/probiotic formula is perfect to ensure mobility, gut health and any skin conditions. The Mangosteen is certified heavy metal & pesticide free and imported under a permit issued by AQIS -Adelaide airport.
Vitapet 100 is a powerful probiotic, antioxidant vitamin and mineral formula.
Promotes healthy digestion, assists wet noses, skin, shiny coats, eye health, general mobility and well being. An all natural beef flavour that ‘does not’ contain any animal ingredients.
Complies with all quality certifications under Quarantine Permit IP15005285 (Mangosteen Powder). Not tested on animals.