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Pet Vitamins Salisbury NC

From holistic websites to nutritional seminars, messages bombarding consumers and the profession argue that “natural” vitamins are better than “synthetics” and often espouse the “more is better” line for orthomolecular or megavitamin therapy.

Salisbury Animal Hospital, PA
(704) 637-0227
1500 E. Innes St.
Salisbury, NC
 
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, PA
(704) 636-6613
3200 Sherrills Ford Road
Salisbury, NC
 
China Grove Animal Hospital
(704) 857-1017
2001 US Hwy 29 South
Salisbury, NC
 
Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary
(704) 932-1182
1317 S Cannon Blvd
Kannapolis, NC

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Ashenbrenner, Richard A, Dvm - Cabarrus Animal Hospital
(704) 786-6102
3030 S Cannon Blvd
Kannapolis, NC

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Gardner, Andy, Dvm - Large Animal Medicine & Surg
(704) 637-0546
3220 Sherrills Ford Rd
Salisbury, NC

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Large Animal Medicine & Surg
(704) 637-0546
3220 Sherrills Ford Rd
Salisbury, NC

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China Grove Animal Hospital
(704) 857-1017
2001 Highway 29 S
China Grove, NC

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Animal Hospital Of Kannapolis*
(704) 938-4606
401 Brookdale St
Kannapolis, NC

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Lexington Large Animal Med
(336) 787-4901
376 El Myers Rd
Lexington, NC

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Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamins

From holistic websites to nutritional seminars, messages bombarding consumers and the profession argue that “natural” vitamins are better than “synthetics” and often espouse the “more is better” line for orthomolecular or megavitamin therapy.

Skeptics counter this by insisting that “with minor exception, molecules made in the ‘factories’ of nature are identical to those made in the factories of chemical companies.” 1 They maintain that a good diet should supply all necessary nutrients.

The true story builds a much more complex picture. With respect to the argument in favor of food-based vitamins, even natural sources of vitamin A in unnatural quantities produce problems like metabolic osteopathy in cats, a species with particularly high susceptibility to vitamin A toxicity. 2 For precursors to vitamin A, the carotenoids, as many as nine factors influence their bioavailability when ingested in food. These variables include:

  • Their type, diversity and quantity.
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  • The host’s nutrient status, genetic makeup and digestive health.
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  • The integrity of the plant substrate when carotenoids are ingested in food. 3 , 4

The carotenoid lycopene, which lowers prostate cancer risk, illustrates this last point. Cooking improves lycopene bioavailability because heating and homogenizing lycopene-rich tomatoes into paste disrupts the fibrous plant cell walls, releasing the lycopene for absorption. 5 Partnering carotenoids with certain fats maximizes their...

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