We hear the term ‘bioavailable’ a lot in the health and pet industry, but what exactly does it mean?
The term bioavailable means “entering the circulation when introduced into the body and so able to have an active effect”, so in short, how much is your pet absorbing nutrients?
In terms of processing, let’s not get too caught up in numbers, it’s not about the quantity rather the quality that is the most important in my humble opinion. Even when comparing two supplements, one will boast to be of a higher value because you get more per dose however that form of nutrient can be less bioavailable than the counterpart because it comes from a synthetic and therefore not a real source. For example, lets take the mineral calcium, absorption coming from a green food such as kale or spirulina will have a far better bioavailability than say a source such as limestone.
When it comes to food, the same applies, if I eat real cheese made with free range cow, sheep or goats milk versus a ‘cheese-product’ say like cream cheese, they will both have very different effects in the body, the cheese product will most likely get stored in the body as fat because the body does not know what to do with it versus the real thing, where the body will readily use. Same goes for out pets, processed food even though veterinarians claim is balanced is still very highly processed, therefore, less bioavailable, in fact, the pet industry is the only industry where it’s health care practitioners boast processed over fresh food, even calling fresh food ‘dangerous’, well if that were the case, there would be not one bear, wolf, fox or any other carnivore that eats fresh meat alive!
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Lucy is an avid pet mom; with dogs, cats, goats and horses to keep her busy! All of her pet 'kids' are fed a species appropriate diet with proper supplementation so she can watch them thrive. Her expertise and experience lie in nutraceutical supplementation and is a health advocate for proper diet and nutrition. Her other passions in life are schutzhund and equestrian riding.