The Ingredients of NDF Products, NDF A.M. and P.M., NDF2 and Endurance and why they are used
PROTEINS already in NDF prior to the addition of fresh meat
Liver is full of vitamins and minerals and that is why NDF products have this wonder food in their formulations. Liver is particularly high in B vitamins and some minerals, which are not found in other foods. Our source is dehydrated, clean, unadulterated chicken livers available from US certified, human grade producers.
Complete in protein and containing lecithin and choline, many of the B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium, eggs are a wonderful food to use. Egg yolk is high in Vitamin A. Lecithin and choline help to break up the (LDL's) or Low Density Lipoproteins - the bad part of cholesterol, and help clean up the arteries. Eggs contain the sulfur amino acids Cysteine, Cystine, and Methionine, needed for cell and tissue regeneration. We have noticed that German Shepherds, Labradors, Boxers, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers and Pembroke Welsh Corgis seem to need slightly more Sulfur Amino Acids than other breeds, making NDF products a great choice of foods for these breeds. These eggs come from the same certified US producers that provide most of our ingredients.
FATS AND OILS
NDF products use cold pressed Safflower Oil (Omega 6), which is necessary for the health of skin and coat. This oil has one of the highest linoleic acid contents, 76% to corn oil's 10%, and has the least chance of causing an allergic reaction. While most brands of Safflower Oil have been genetically altered, ours is not and therefore, contains the necessary linoleic acid to produce a wonderful coat.
Cod Liver Oil - (Omega 3) is primarily used to provide vitamins A and D. Vitamin D helps to regulate calcium in the body and is necessary for calcification of the bones during growth and the formation of teeth. Vitamin D also helps increase the absorption of calcium from the gastrointestinal tract and other parts of the body. Functioning more like a hormone than a vitamin, D works together with the parathyroid gland and works with the calcium sources in NDF production to maintain the correct mineral balance.
NDF products use less than 25% of grains in their total make up. Flaked oats are 75% of the cereal used in NDF and 25% comes from buckwheat groats (a non-grain seed, and gluten free), a combination of which seems to agree with most dogs. Carbohydrates are the main source of blood glucose that fuels all the body's cells and the only source of energy for the brain and red blood cells.
Thyroid function is also dependent upon the correct amount of carbohydrates in your dog's diet. Vitamin B complex, found in some grains and starch producing vegetables is needed so that the amino acids (protein) phenyalanine and tyrosine can produce T3.
Oats - A warming grain that calms the nervous and reproductive systems, strengthens the spleen, pancreas and immune system, as well as the heart muscle. Rich in silicon, oats help make bones strong. Acidic and not very allergenic, they are tolerated best by the largest number of dogs.
Buckwheat - An alkaline seed with a sweet flavor. It cleanses the intestines and improves appetite. Buckwheat contains rutin, a bioflavonoid, which helps to strengthen capillaries and blood vessels and inhibits hemorrhaging. It, too, is tolerated well by the majority of dogs.
Wheat Germ - Source of Vitamin E, most of the B-complex vitamins. Contains calcium/phosphorus/magnesium, as well as trace minerals.
Wheat Bran - Helps to regulate cholesterol, removes toxins from the body as it cleanses the large intestine. Absorbs up to 10 times its own weight in water that heops to prevent diarrhea. Produces a well-formed stool.
Herbs act as a bridge between nutrition and physical wellness. Full of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fat, herbs play an important part in the diet. NDF products supply herbs that stimulate various organ systems in the body during different seasons of the year.
Parsley - high in protein, also contains vitamins A, C, B & K, fiber, calcium, riboflavin, potassium, iron, magnesium, niacin and phosphorus. Used in NDF to support the kidneys and bladder, it is also used in treating arthritis. Protects the digestive tract from forming gas. Dehydrated parsley differs in color from batch to batch and different times of the years. Sometimes it is bright green and gives a tinge to the color of the overall food. This is normal.
Alfalfa - high in protein, vitamin and minerals, alfalfa acts as an anti-inflammatory, supports the musculoskeletal system, digestive tract and the liver. With its high Vitamin K content, together with chlorophyll that serves as an antioxidant, alfalfa is highly nutritious.
- contains antioxidants, phenolic acids, quercetin and luteolin
- blood purifier, detoxifies heavy metals
- lymphatic cleanser and strengthener
- natural diuretic
- good source of phosphorus, calcium, iron and copper
- improves arthritis, hair loss and dandruff
- heals the skin
- defends against diabetes
- contains B-6, manganese, magnesium, potassium, folate and vitamin C
- helps to treat enlarged spleen
- treats lung and stomach meridians
- burrs on burdock were the inspiration for Velcro
Dandelion - A diuretic that stimulates the liver, salivation, improves digestion, also acts as a tonic to the gall bladder, liver and the gastrointestinal tract.
Garlic - Nature's antibiotic, garlic contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals and oils, as well as protein and fat. Garlic is used in our food to kill internal parasites. It is most effective in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. The smell of garlic excreted through the skin often makes your dog unpalatable to fleas. The oil of garlic has been used to clear up cases of ringworm, skin parasites, some warts and tumors of the skin.
Yucca - Anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, high in vitamins and minerals, it contains saponins, which make absorption of food through the small intestine more efficient. Cuts down on odor from urine and feces.
Rosemary - Powerful anti-oxidant, anti-depressant, an overall stimulant, rosemary helps to expel intestinal gas. It is a natural insect repellent, it stimulates the nervous system, digestive tract, circulatory system, respiratory system and the skin.
Ginger - Stimulates digestion in the stomach and aids in treating indigestion. Helps to prevent motion sickness, reduces fever, internal gas and bloating.
Vitamins are essential to life and they contribute to good health by regulating the metabolism. Essential to the break down and utilization of protein, vitamins are part of a chemical process in the body that releases nutrients from ingested food and provides energy. Some vitamins are fat soluble - Vitamins A, D, E and K, and others, Vitamin B, C are water-soluble. Vitamins that are fat soluble are stored by the body in fatty tissue and the liver. Water-soluble vitamins are excreted daily and cannot be stored. Both types of vitamins are needed for a healthy body.
Destruction of Vitamins
NDF uses a cold dehydration process so all vitamins and minerals are available upon ingestion. They are primarily supplied through the whole, natural foods from which these foods are made. However, allowing for decreased level of vitamins during transportation and storage, we add a very small amount of a vitamin/mineral mix to cover the short fall.
Temperatures over 118 degrees destroy many vitamins. Commercial dog food (kibble or canned) is heat processed using temperatures well above this. If care is not taken to compensate for these losses, food that is deficient in vitamins is produced.
Vitamins B and C are water-soluble, passing through the body within 4-8 hours after ingestion. Water-soluble vitamins need to be fed twice a day to keep the balance steady in the body. This is one of the reasons we suggest feeding the dog twice a day. Dogs that work long hours, dogs that are shown, old dogs and those used for breeding have a greater need for vitamins than do pet dogs not exposed to stressful situations. Dogs that live outside and those that get little human attention, require more B and C vitamins. NDF products are formulated to accommodate these needs.
May vitamins are affected by oxygen, heat and light and some are destroyed by the improper storage of food. It is for this reason we suggest that NDF products, once opened, be refrigerated and if bought in bulk, frozen until needed.
OTHER INGREDIENTS USED IN NDF PRODUCTS
Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus subtilis, bifidobacterium thermophilum, bifidobacterium longum, and enterococcus faecalis are all probiotics, that are beneficial bacteria normally produced by the intestinal tract. They create an environment that is undesirable for such things as fungi and microbes to grow. Containing a weak antibiotic substance called colicine, these probiotics help to prevent bad breath. They aid in digesting B-complex vitamins, some amino acids, fat and milk. Used to overcome yeast and fungus infections and to improve the functioning of the whole intestinal tract, including decreasing the amount of intestinal gas and inflammation. Offers protection from salmonella contamination of food or water supplies when traveling to different areas.
Brewers Yeast - Some comes from hops that are used in the brewing industry and some is grown on molasses. NDF uses this ingredient to provide extra B vitamins, as well as protein, trace minerals and salts.
Brewers Yeast is one of the few natural sources of chromium and selenium. Helps to repel fleas. Some dogs showing allergies to Brewers Yeast actually have a deficiency of the Amino Acid Lysine. NDF, when raw meat is added, provides adequate quantities of Lysine. Few, if any, "allergies" to Brewers Yeast have been experienced by pets using our diets.
Kelp - Provides iodine that is needed for correct functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid influences overall health, metabolism, skin and coat plus behavior. Kelp contains some protein, it is rich in iodine, calcium and potassium, as well as some B vitamins. Kelp also contains vitamins A, E, B, and D, as well as mannitol, a gentle purgative and bile stimulant; small amounts of lecithin, a phosphorus compound thought to be of great importance in the knitting of broken bones, especially in the aged, and some carotin (precursor to Vitamin A). It is credited with providing good pigmentation, healthy skin and hair coat, as well as promoting proper thyroid function.
Black Strap Molasses - NDF products use this form of sugar free molasses for its high potassium content. It also contains minerals and some B-complex vitamins. Old time breeders used molasses together with seaweed or kelp in their dog's diet to keep dark pigmentation of the nose, eye rims and mouth.
Apple Cider Vinegar - "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" seems to have some veracity. Apples contain a large amount of potassium plus phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron, fluorine, silicon, and many trace minerals. In long term studies done in Vermont with herds of cows, benefits have been observed. Lack of mastitis, itchy skin, influenza, respiratory diseases, easier freshening (whelping), lack of eclampsia and cramping after delivery of calves. Horses with ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) in their feed raced much better and never came down with Distemper, even when exposed. ACV is credited with killing bacteria outright, and, in fact, was used in the old days to prevent food poisoning. ACV has been credited with curing chronic itching, as well as pyelitis, a condition caused by inflammation of the kidney.
Antioxidants - Vitamins A, C, D, E and Selenium are all antioxidants. Contained in the ingredients of NDF products, these special nutrients protect the body from invasion of pirate cells, called free radicals, that come mainly from rancid fat. Deficiencies of antioxidants are thought to be contributing factors to cancer, weak hind-quarters, muscular wasting, premature aging, respiratory diseases, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, chronic ear conditions, gum disease, colitis, and some heart problems.
Diatomaceous Earth is the remains of millions of single celled algae called diatoms. When diatoms die, their shells end up on the bottom of the sea or lakes and fossilize into a chalky-like substance. Approved by the FDA for internal and external use, the spiky external edges of the shells pierce parasites' protective coating and then they dry out and die. It keeps the intestinal tract free of worms.
NDF products do not contain chemical preservatives. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), rosemary and Vitamin E are natural preservatives. The food is manufactured several times a month and is packaged in simple, recycled multi-layered paper bags that, once opened, should be refrigerated.
NDF products depend upon all the above ingredients working together (synergy). These ingredients have been used successfully on many, many different breeds and kinds of dogs from Europe, North America, Asia and South America for close to 40 years. Very simple in its form, it produces dogs that enjoy long and healthy lives.
Before our products are mixed together at the factory, each individual ingredient from our suppliers must have a certificate that it is free from bacteria, mold and fungus. After the food is mixed together, it is sent to a laboratory for further testing of bacteria, mold and fungus before it is bagged. We belie that Volhard Dog Nutrition is unique in the industry for these safeguards.