Here we discuss what are nucleotides and why we use them in our cat and dog food formulations.
What are Nucleotides?
Nucleotides are the basic components of DNA and RNA, and they are required for all living things. They can be found in all diets and are easily synthesized by dogs. Nucleotides are often referred to as the building blocks of life. They are found and produced in every cell of the body, as well as absorbed from the food we eat.
These compounds play a role in the structure of DNA and RNA. These molecules are required for cell repair and replacement. Nucleotides play an important function in metabolism and energy transportation, carrying energy in the form of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) to power organs and animal cells. New proteins, cells, and other important components are created using this energy.
Although nucleotides are found in every cell, demand cannot always be supplied, particularly in animals suffering severe metabolic stress.
Why are they included in pet food?
Nucleotides are found in almost every food ingredient, yet the body must work hard to break down complex cellular structures. This can be inefficient and time-consuming. The addition of a nucleotide supplement ensures a constant supply, which may boost the immune system as well as digestion.
Nucleotides help the immunological response to an external threat since they raise the amount of the body's defensive cells and speed up lymphocyte production. This is beneficial for pets recovering from cell damage.
The digestive system has many immune cells, this has a positive impact on the gut. Nucleotides also enhance the surface area of the small intestine for nutrient absorption. While repairing the gut, nucleotides improve a variety of immunological responses and growth. The healthier our pets' guts are, the less likely they are to get sick.
At Pet nutrition is all about transforming our pet’s health. We remain committed to including the latest scientific studies incorporating natural ingredients to make sure our pets thrive rather than survive.
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