Probiotics, Prebiotics & Digestive Enzymes
Probiotics are naturally-present bacteria that reside in every pet’s normal, healthy digestive system. By competing for space and nutrients with the organisms that can make pets sick, these healthy microorganisms keep any pathogens present in check. Probiotics also support the absorption of nutrients and contribute to a healthy immune response. Nature’s Logic uses a probiotic blend chosen to complement one another and work harmoniously, for the maximum benefit:
- Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product
- Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product
- Dried Bifidobacterium Bifidium Fermentation Product
- Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product
- Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product
Nature’s Logic uses probiotics developed using a proprietary process that creates strains that grow and multiply in higher temperatures. These thermo- positive probiotics remain viable for up to two years, without refrigeration.
Prebiotics are substances that selectively help the naturally-present bacteria (probiotics) to flourish, increasing their benefits on digestive health. Nature’s Logic foods contain chicory as a prebiotic. Its active compound, inulin, has been shown to stimulate the growth of bifidobacteria, which are regarded as beneficial strains in the colon.
Enzymes are proteins naturally present throughout all healthy bodies. Enzymes speed up various processes carried out by cells in the body. Certain enzymes are required to digest the different types of foods pets eat. Protease digest proteins, amylase digest starches, cellulase break down fibrous foods, and lipase digest fats. Nature’s Logic uses a proprietary blend of these four enzymes, specially formulated to support the digestive system of dogs and cats eating the high animal-protein diets formulated for natural carnivores.
- Dried Pineapple Extract (Papain)
- Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract
- Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract
- Dried Trichoderma Longibrachtum Fermentation Extract
Activated by Moisture
Dry pet food has very low water content. It is baked to reduce moisture which allows the food to stay fresh without refrigeration. The probiotics and enzymes have also been dehydrated and processed in a manner to ensure activity. Inside the bag of dry pet food, they are stable but inactive. When they come into contact with saliva and the moisture of the cat or dog’s gastrointestinal tract, they are rehydrated and begin their beneficial roles in aiding digestion. They only become active when they come in contact with moisture.
Added After Heat
These specially-prepared probiotics and enzymes are applied to the dry pet food after the heat and drying steps. This ensures that they remain viable and active when pets eat the foods containing them. They remain dormant until the right conditions are present for them to activate. The dried enzymes need moisture to become active, while probiotics require a source of food, optimal temperature and pH, as well as moisture to grow.