Why Whole Food Sources are the Best Sources for Your Dog We spend countless time checking out supplements for our furry friends and spend countless dollars making sure that they get exactly what they need. What has held true since the inception of synthetic and refined foods is that whole foods are infinitely better for people AND dogs. No question. This goes for the foods we and they eat as well as the supplements that we take and give. Its inarguable that whole foods are optimal. This logically means that supplements from whole food sources are by far the best way to ensure that they are getting everything that they need in the most healthful way possible. Whole food supplements are made from concentrated whole foods. Vitamins used in these supplements are sometimes called ‘natural vitamins’. When whole food vitamins are processed, it is done without the use of heat, pressure or toxic solvents. There are no artificial chemicals or sugars utilized, instead the processing uses fresh ingredients prepared as food extracts. Since they are from whole food sources, these vitamins contain not only the vitamin itself but also a variety of enzymes, antioxidants, co-enzymes, activators and trace minerals. There is a reason that all of these things exist together in nature – it is because they all work together in your body. When they are separated from each other, logically they can no longer do the same job. Hence the problem with synthetic vitamins and supplements. Isolated nutrients, such as those found in synthetic vitamins, are never found in nature. There is nothing naturally occurring about them. Once taken, they are often treated as though they are foreign bodies. Since they are isolated, the other ‘parts’ that they need to function correctly are not present. This means that the body has to compensate and utilize its own reserves to allow the synthetic invader to do its job. While not initially noticeable, over time the synthetic substance will work less and less well as the bodies stores of particular nutrients and vitamins is depleted. Sometimes, by mooching off of the body’s reserves, synthetics can even cause a deficiency in those reserves which is simply not what anyone bargains for when taking any supplements. How can you tell? First off, looking for a product that actually advertises that they use whole food sources. They can be harder to find, can be slightly more expensive, but are absolutely worth it. Check the label before purchasing. Synthetic vitamins and supplements will have words like polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol. Not things that belong in a living creature’s body. The label of a supplement derived from whole foods will have none of that – it will very simply state exactly what is in the product in terms easy to understand – Ester C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium etc. No tricks, no hidden ingredients. The differences between synthetic vitamins and supplements and those derived from whole foods, remain whether the supplement is for a human or an animal. Vitamins from whole food sources are the BEST thing that you can give your dog when you aren’t able to give them the foods themselves. Sometimes dogs are even intolerant or allergic to a certain food or protein source and can’t be given as much of a variety as an owner would prefer. A great multivitamin can be the answer to your problems. Fidonutrients, by Liquid Health, is probably the best on the market. An all natural daily multivitamin that comes from whole food sources – PERFECT. Its liquid form makes it easy to dose, easy to mix in food and easily absorbed. Knowledge is power. Read labels. It may cost more to purchase nutrients and vitamins from whole food sources, but is it really? You know it will work, you know exactly what you are giving your dog (or yourself) and you know its the best you can do. Why guess whether or not that cheaper synthetic vitamin works – do it right the first time.