This is the first time B vitamins have been created through a patented process where they are organically bound to a natural complex.
B Vitamin Recommended Adult Daily Intake Susceptibility to damage during processing and storage Important Functions
|Thiamine (Vitamin B1)||.01 mg/lb.||Sensitive to heat, oxygen, humidity, and light, and very sensitive to alkaline pH||Essential for metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, energy metabolism for nervous system and muscles and healthy appetite|
|Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)||.05 mg/lb.||Sensitive to humidity and light||Essential for growth and muscle development, eye health and a healthy coat|
|Niacin (Vitamin B3)||.12 mg/lb.||Stable||Essential for the proper function of enzymes, a healthy appetite, and a healthy nervous system, skin, nails and GI function.|
|Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)||.1 mg/lb.||Sensitive to heat and humidity||A structural element of many co-enzymes, plays a central role in energy metabolism and the synthesis of hormones|
|Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)||.01 mg/lb.||Very sensitive to heat, and sensitive to humidity, light and acid pH||Essential for the body’s utilisation of protein and the synthesis of neurotransmitters|
|Folate (Vitamin B9)||.002 mg/lb.||Very sensitive to heat, acid pH and light, and sensitive to humidity||Required for the production of red blood cells in bone marrow|
|Biotin||.001 mg/lb.||Sensitive to humidity and light||Supports healthy normal growth, digestion, muscle function, healthy skin and hair and cellular health|
|Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)||.00025 mg/lb.||Sensitive to heat, oxygen, humidity, and contact with iron or copper||Supports protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, GI and nervous system health, immune function and the healthy production of red blood cells|
Because B vitamins are water-soluble and not stored in your pet’s body, he or she must get the entire complex through diet each day. B vitamins can be easily destroyed by high temperatures during processing, light, oxygen, and long storage periods.
The words “complete and balanced” on your pet’s food label doesn’t provide a guarantee that the food actually contains enough of these essential heat- and light-sensitive vitamins to last the lifetime of the product. The nutrient profiles you see on food products are only minimum standards, and they don’t address the quality, the digestibility or the bioavailability of the nutrients, much less the optimal recommendations.
Feed-grade synthetic vitamins are typically used to “enrich” pet food. The majority of these feed-grade premixes come from China and from questionable sources.
Thiamine Deficiency Prevalent in Cats and Dogs
Thiamine deficiency continues to be a significant problem in commercial pet foods, and surprisingly, even in home-prepared diets.
Your dog or cat absorbs thiamine or vitamin B1 through their small intestine, so gut health plays a crucial role in determining how much your pet can absorb.
Because thiamine is essential for carbohydrate metabolism and energy production, tissues with high energy requirements like the brain, nerves and heart are at particular risk when the diet is low in thiamine or absorption is lower.
Cats require three times more thiamine than dogs do, making kitties especially sensitive to thiamine loss in food.
Signs of deficiency can take days or weeks to show up and can present themselves as vomiting, appetite and weight loss. But because most vets believe commercial pet foods are “complete and balanced,” a thiamine deficiency is rarely suspected.
If your pet eats a canned food diet, he or she may be at risk of a thiamine deficiency because of the high heat used for processing.
Kibble and other dry foods can also lose thiamine content from high heat processing and exposure to air and humidity, and most importantly, time.
The longer the food sits on the shelves or in the freezer, the more thiamine degrades.
Pets fed home-prepared diets may be even more susceptible to a thiamine deficiency, especially if the food contains carbohydrates or doesn’t contain good sources of supplemental thiamine.
Bioavailable and Biologically Active B Vitamins – Grown in a Plant Complex
Dr Mercola has partnered with a lab in Hamburg, Germany that’s using an innovative, patented process that they’ve developed to create bioavailable and biologically active B vitamins in a matrix of quinoa sprouts.
PANMOLÒ B-Complex is a complete complex of the 8 major B vitamins, produced from quinoa sprouts grown from certified organic quinoa seeds.
They start with bio-identical B vitamins and organic quinoa seeds, ancient gluten-free seeds that are closely related to spinach and beets.
The B vitamins are added to the water used for sprouting the quinoa seeds. During the sprouting process, the seeds take up the vitamins from this nutrient-rich “broth.”
When the sprouts reach the ideal stage, they’re harvested and powderised.
The end result is a B vitamin complex that:
- Has the B vitamins organically bound to the plant for food-based benefits
- Contains the eight familiar B vitamins and a multitude of well-balanced and biologically active B vitamins complete with co-factors and co-enzymes
- May be better absorbed in your pet’s body than regular isolated synthetic B vitamins
By using a patented stage-by-stage procedure, this lab has been able to develop a concentrated and complex life source of micro-nutrients that, until now has never been achieved in biological research.