The term "human grade" can be misleading. Human grade does not just apply to the source of an ingredient, but also to the entire supply chain. Obviously human grade ingredients must be sourced from human grade suppliers. However, they must also be transported in trucks that are exclusively used to transport human foods. They must be warehoused in warehouses exclusively designated for human foods. They must be blended and packaged in certified human food facilities. If a "human grade" ingredient leaves the human food supply chain (is transported in a non certified truck for example), it is no longer considered human grade. It cannot re-enter the human food supply chain and it can no longer be sold as fit for human consumption. In other words, if a pet food company buys a "human grade" ingredient, then brings it into its pet food facility, that ingredient is no longer considered human grade. Pet food companies often claim that their products contain human grade ingredients. Typically this means that they have purchased some of their ingredients from human food suppliers, but this does NOT mean that their pet foods are fit for human consumption.
Human grade supplements typically cost 5 to 10 times more than the equivalent supplement in pet grade. This increased cost is not just due to higher priced ingredients. There is a significant cost associated with the more stringent QA requirements for human foods. Pet food companies are subject to far fewer regulations or inspections than human food facilities.
HILARY'S BLEND (formerly THE BALANCER) supplement is 100% fit for human consumption. It contains 100% human grade ingredients that were transported by human food trucks, warehoused in human food facilities, and blended and packaged in a government regulated human food facility. Its ingredients are similar in quality to those found in name-brand human multi-vitamins such as Centrum®, One-a-Day® or Flintstone's®. HILARY'S BLEND supplement meets all government requirements for being sold as a human supplement in a grocery or drug store.
HILARY'S BLEND supplement offers excellent value for dog owners. If you want to only feed foods that are 100% fit for human consumption, HILARY'S BLEND supplement meets this criteria..
HILARY'S BLEND (formerly THE BALANCER) supplement contains high quality ingredients that are proven to be easily absorbed into the dog's body. This supplement contains the following 20 essential nutrients
HILARY'S BLEND (formerly THE BALANCER) supplement is specifically designed, using food formulation software, to balance the home-made recipes featured in the book Complete & Balanced: 101 Healthy Home-made Meals for Dogs by Hilary Watson. Its exact composition is a trade secret. The nutrient content of the supplement itself is not as important as the nutrient content of the supplement + recipes in the book. It is the supplement + recipe that the dog will consume, so it is the supplement + recipe's nutrient content that is important. Each recipe in the book provides a complete nutrient breakdown for that recipe.
vitamin mineral supplements for pets are not balanced for human food
ingredients. Commercial pet supplements are designed to be fed in conjunction
with commercial pet foods. Commercial pet supplements generally contain
calcium and phosphorus in a 1:1 ratio because that ratio will not upset
the calcium to phosphorus ratio found in commercial pet foods. Fresh
meats however contain 10-30 times more phosphorus than calcium.
HILARY'S BLEND supplement has a unique calcium to phosphorus ratio designed
to offset this high phosphorus to calcium ratio in meats. Commercial
pet supplements generally contain vitamin A, yet this vitamin is not
necessary in a supplement for home-made recipes. Fruits, vegetables
and many meats contain relatively high levels of vitamin A, and/or beta-carotene,
a vitamin A pre-cursor. Vitamin A can be toxic at high intakes, so it
is not included in THE BALANCER supplement.
prices, it's important to remember 3 things about THE BALANCER supplement:
1) HILARY'S BLEND (formerly THE BALANCER) supplement is a human food product. HILARY'S BLEND supplement contains ingredients that are comparable in quality to those used in name-brand human supplements such as Centrum®, One-A-Day® and Flintstones®. It is blended and packaged in a human food facility. For more information on the benefits of human grade products, see above.
2) HILARY'S BLEND supplement contains no fillers. It is 100% active ingredients. Most pet supplements contain fillers or flavor enhancers. Read the label and check the ingredient list. The first ingredient in HILARY'S BLEND supplement is chicory root extract, an expensive extract which is more than 75% pre-biotic fiber. Following chicory root extract are 20 ingredients that supply essential vitamins and minerals. There are no fillers in this supplement. Every ingredient serves a purpose and actively contributes to the health of the dog. Check the ingredient list of competitive products. Most contain several inexpensive fillers and carriers. Some pet supplements are up to 95% filler.
3) HILARY'S BLEND supplement is more concentrated than most supplements. 15-20 grams of HILARY'S BLEND supplement makes about a kilogram of home-made dog food (1.5-2% inclusion rate). A 350g bottle will make approximately 20 kilograms of food which would last a 40lb dog approximately a month. The vitamin and mineral levels in HILARY'S BLEND supplement are very different from those of other vitamin mineral supplements. Commercial vitamin and mineral pet supplements are intended for pets being fed commercial pet foods. Virtually all commercial pet foods are formulated to meet AAFCO minimum nutrient guidelines, so they already contain all essential vitamins and minerals that a dog needs. Because many minerals and some vitamins can be toxic at high intakes, pet supplements designed to be fed in association with complete and balanced commercial pet foods must contain low enough levels of these nutrients to be safe when fed with any complete and balanced commercial pet food. For this reason, they have relatively low concentrations of most vitamins and minerals. In fact, some pet supplements are up to 95% filler. Read the ingredient list to check for fillers and flavor enhancers.
The most common allergens are proteins contained in meat, fish, dairy or cereal ingredients. There are no meats, fish, dairy products or cereals in HILARY'S BLEND (formerly THE BALANCER) supplement. The only plant ingredient in HILARY'S BLEND supplement is chicory root extract. This ingredient is an extract which is more than 75% inulin, a pre-biotic fiber. This ingredient is almost 100% carbohydrate, and contains only trace amounts of protein. All of the other ingredients in the supplement are purified sources of essential vitamins and minerals. This supplement is 100% hypoallergenic, safe for dogs suffering from allergic skin disease, atopy or any other allergic condition.
HILARY'S BLEND (formerly THE BALANCER) supplement is 100% active. The exclusive carrier is chicory root extract, an expensive source of pre-biotic fiber. This ingredient is more than 75% inulin, a pre-biotic fiber. Pre-biotic fiber enhances intestinal health by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria at the expense of harmful bacteria. All other ingredients in the supplement are purified, bioavailable sources of essential vitamins and minerals. There are no fillers, no preservatives, no additives.
The carrier ingredient in this supplement provides active health benefits. Chicory root extract is more than 75% inulin, a potent fructooligosaccharide that has been proven to enhance the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, at the expense of harmful bacteria. The benefits of this extract are supported by many published clinical trials. It helps to promote gastrointestinal health. When you are feeding fresh foods, there is a greater risk of bacterial contamination. This is particularly true of feeding raw meats, but it also holds true to a lesser degree with raw fruits and vegetables. Fresh foods are higher in moisture than dry kibble and that moisture makes it easier for bacteria to grow. Think of it this way: you can leave kibble on the counter in your kitchen for several days with no risk of bacterial growth, but if you leave fresh fruits and vegetables on your kitchen counter, they begin to spoil. So when you feed fresh foods to your dog, you have an enhanced risk of bacterial contamination vs dry kibble. One way to offset this risk is to always feed pre-biotic fiber with the dog's meals. Pre-biotic fiber will promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and these good bacteria will crowd out the bad bacteria. Any dog being fed home-made meals will benefit from chicory root extract - a natural, no-risk way to promote healthy gut microflora.
Human pharmaceutical facilities have much higher quality control standards than most pet food companies. Any product being produced for human consumption must meet government requirements for ingredient quality and for controlled blending and packaging. HILARY'S BLEND (formerly THE BALANCER) supplement is a human food product produced under the highest quality control standards. These standards have 4 components:
1) First, all ingredients to be used in HILARY'S BLEND supplement are quarantined upon their arrival at the nutraceutical company. They are each analyzed for potency and purity before they are released from quarantine for use in the supplement.
2) Second, the blended supplement is quarantined prior to being bottled. The blended mix is tested for nutrient content to ensure that it meets nutrient specifications. Once it has passed this analysis, it is then bottled.
3) Third, a few bottles are randomly sampled from each run and tested for their nutrient content, again to ensure that they meet nutrient specifications.
4) Finally, several bottles from each run are retained by both the nutraceutical company and by HW Veterinary Nutrition Inc. to ensure that samples are available from every product run should we receive any customer complaints.
HILARY'S BLEND (formerly THE BALANCER) supplement is backed by a 100% money-back guarantee should you be dissatisfied in any way.
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