Immuno-nutrition: Structure function benefits and well-being for pets
Over the last decade, the study of how nutrition can impact immune function — known as immuno-nutrition — has been examined as an alternative approach to treating or preventing chronic diseases. Many pet owners consider their pets part of the family. As a result, they are choosing higher quality, more nutritious diets for their pets and asking how the right nutrients can prolong their pet’s well-being.
Oxidation and inflammation are the main culprits that can jeopardize the immune system. Making sure that the nutrients delivered as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories are biologically available and absorbable helps ensure that pets are prepared for the excess stress that comes with the aging process.
In our recent webinar, “Immuno-nutrition: Structure function benefits and well-being for pets,” Dr. Rebecca Delles explored how oxidation and inflammation, when left unchecked, can result in damage to important biomolecules in the body.
- Older and/or sick pets may have increased needs for certain biomolecules due to lower GI absorption rates.
- Many of the most common diseases in pets are caused by inflammation and oxidation of the tissues.
- Better absorbability of bioactive components can help fortify the immune system and prolong pet well-being.