Original post: November 2, 2010
The label of your pet`s favourite food may list a wide array of nutrients but your pet`s body may not be able to extract them leaving his or her cells gasping and vulnerable to premature aging and illness. Most pet foods are fortified with an array of essential nutrients but the extreme processing methods used to produce these foods create irreversible damage to the added nutrients as well as the food`s inherent nutrition.
The nutrition in your pet’s bagged or canned food is severely compromised by oxidation and other consequences of high-heat processing such as glycosylation and mineral complexing. The result is a deactivation of essential polyunsaturated fats and vitamins and reduced bioavailability of protein and minerals.
Whole raw food is the healthiest way to feed your pet. However, feeding fresh raw food is not an option for all of us. Dry kibble and canned wet foods are convenient and convenience is, in fact, the primary reason these processed foods are popular today.
The precious polyunsaturated fats which are critical to health are among the first nutrients to be destroyed when food is over-processed since they are highly vulnerable to oxidation. However, to make matters worse, the raw food used to produce these processed foods is often compromised by another man-made challenge even before the manufacturing begins.
The nutrient profile of the meat derived from domesticated livestock is dependent on the 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. Domestic meat sources, the kind used to make commercial pet foods, will also provide different fatty acid profiles that are not as healthy as the fatty acid profiles found in wild meat sources.
Commercially grown fruits and vegetables are grown in faster growth cycles, chemically fertilized plots and picked earlier in their maturation phase to ripen during transit to international markets. This reduces starting nutrient density of the vegetation to compound the insufficiencies found in the accompanying meat.
Supplementation of any diet with vitamin, mineral, and phytoantioxidants, as well as polyunsaturated fatty acid blends, increases nutrient density and the health potential of your pet’s feed. This increased nutrient density is required for more reasons than these nutrient limitations. When we impose our environmental pollution and our own lifestyle stressors on our nutrient-compromised pets, we set the stage for premature aging, skin disease and chronic inflammation.
These limitations can be avoided by boosting the nutrient density of the chosen food with live fatty acid, vitamin, mineral and phytoantioxidant supplementation which is added fresh to each bowl of food. Supplementation, today, is essential.