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NASC (National Animal Supplement Council)

The NASC ensures the highest quality products for pets, service animals, and other animal companions. This non--profit organization focuses on health supplements, and companies undergo a rigorous process to ensure their products meet the organizations high standards. With an NASC Quality Seal fixed on a product, consumers don't have to worry about where the product was made, whether ingredients are safe, or if the manufacturing process was safe. This seal assures product reliability, safety, and effectiveness of a supplement. 


Natural Preservatives are most often obtained from plant, animal, and microbial origins with the purpose of preventing growth of undesirable microorganisms. Examples of natural preservatives include salt, vinegar, sugar, and spices.


The NCC is Canada's largest national land conservation organization working tirelessly to deliver large-scale, permanent land conservation. They protect lands that provide habitat for more than 200 different species at risk. 


New Age approaches health as a general concept that includes physical, mental, and spiritual aspects. 


Nitrates in food are compounds made up of nitrogen and oxygen. Most come from plants, such as leafy greens, beets, and celery. They are also added to processed meats as a preservative, to enhance flavor, color, and texture - to meat they are added in the form of sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite. Sodium nitrite is a powerful oxidizing agent that causes hypotension and limits oxygen transport and delivery in the body through the formation of methemoglobin. Nitrates are vital to all plant and animal life but overexposure can lead to serious negative health effects. Nitrates are converted into nitrites by bacteria in our saliva, stomach, and intestines, and it is primarily the nitrites that cause toxicity.


Novel proteins are proteins that are completely new to a pet, meaning they've never been part of their diet before. Because these proteins are unfamiliar to a pets body, they're less likely to be recognized by the immune system and trigger an allergic reaction. 


Nutrients are chemical compounds found in foods like protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. These compounds are used by the body to function and grow.




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