In human medicine, numerous studies have focused on the possibility of nutritionally supporting the ageing effect on muscles by changing the quantity and also the quality of ingested proteins, aiming to optimise protein intake and retention through an improvement of amino acid bioavailability for the muscle tissues.
The ageing muscle is still able to respond to amino acids which have been shown to promote muscle protein synthesis in older individuals.
An increased level of these amino acids in the diet of older cats and dogs may be beneficial for the maintenance of healthy and strong muscle mass.
Cats and dogs are incapable of synthesising adequate amounts of these amino acids, so dietary intake is needed to meet daily requirements.
As a result dog food companies such as Specific, which can be obtained from Bay Vets, are adding amino acids to the diets of elderly dogs and cats.
Also added are omega-3fatty acids with a beneficial effect on the maintenance of healthy skin and coat as well as promoting healthy articulate cartilage and normal mobility in joints of senior dogs.
Taurine is also added for many aspects of metabolism particularly supporting heart muscle function.
Glucans from yeast bind to receptors of white blood cells, thereby alerting the immune system and supporting the immune response and as a result protecting the older dog from infections.
EPA and DHA from fish can help support kidney function in senior dogs and L- carnotite is also added for preservation of muscles.
Manna-oligo- saccharides are added to bind with disease carrying bacteria, thereby preventing contact between the bacteria and mucosa in the intestinal tract.
This helps support the gastrointestinal health of the senior dog.
Together with regular veterinary check ups, an appropriate diet can help senior dogs and cats continue to lead happy and healthy lives.
I wonder if these foods would help me to hit the golf ball further?