Ever struggled to understand everything on your pet food label? Here we talk about something we include in our cat and dog recipes ‘Nucleotides’ and why!
Wednesday 28th August 2019
So, what are nucleotides?
Nucleotides are regularly referred to as the building blocks of life. They are found, and made, in every cell within the body and also absorbed from the food we eat. These tiny organic compounds contribute to the structure of DNA and RNA – molecules that contain genetic information, and they are essential in repairing and replacing cells.
Why supplement what already occurs naturally?
Why include them in pet food?
Nucleotides help to improve the immune response to an outside challenge (especially beneficial during times of disease or stress). They do this by speeding up lymphocyte production and increasing the number of the body’s protective cells, especially helpful in pets recovering from cell damage (injury or wear and tear)!
This has positive effects on the gut since numerous immune cells reside within the digestive system. Nucleotides also increase the surface area for absorption of nutrients within the small intestine.
Our nucleotides are derived from a special type of nutritional yeast and they are rarely responsible for adverse food reactions in dogs and cats. They can be found in all of our cat foods, dry dog foods, Partners wet foods and Crunchy Bites dog treats.
If you are curious about any of the other ingredients listed on our labels, take a look at our ingredients glossary or contact us with your query.
By Ness Bird – Nutrition Adviser and RVN CertCFVHNut