Natural Probiotics for Dogs & Cats – Max-Immune Forte™
Animals in the wild acquire beneficial probiotic bacteria from the intestinal contents of their prey. These naturally occurring probiotics, or “good” bacteria, are essential to animal health and well-being. Like humans, pets need wholesome intestinal flora to thrive and maintain a healthy digestive and immune system1. A well-balanced intestinal tract can optimize an animal’s vigor at any stage of life. Supporting a pet’s bowel health is a significant way to protect him or her from numerous health issues related to imbalances of normal intestinal flora.
The fact is, intestinal flora imbalance is a major underlying cause of veterinarian visits. Complications such as persistent diarrhea, vomiting and constipation are stressful for both pets and owners. Dietary changes, exposure to environmental stressors, a less than optimal diet, or ingestion of found substances can all contribute to gut issues in animals, leading to further reduction of health and immune function2. “Digestive health issues and an imbalance or lack of beneficial bacteria are involved with health problems in at least one third if not half of the patients that I see,” says Dr. Steve Sanderlin, DVM.
Max-Immune Forte™ is a specially formulated powder that contains five important immune-supporting ingredients.
Ingredients in Max-Immune Forte™
DEL-IMMUNE V® POWDER
Del-Immune V® (see www.delimmune.com) is a natural immune modulator. An immune modulator works to turn immune response on and off as needed. This is the same ingredient formulated in Del-Immune V® supplements which are used by more than 100,000 people in the U.S. Made from a special strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (DV strain), Del-Immune V® acts as a first responder when support from the innate (primary) immune system is needed. This strain of probiotic has been shown in decades of scientific research to provide immediate immune support. Cell fragments in Del-Immune V® contain biological substances, identified as peptides (linked amino acids), DNA, and other amino acids, which account for modulation of the primary immune response. Just as in humans, Del-Immune V® activates an animal’s innate immune response, initiating an immediate immune attack against foreign invaders while also supporting daily immune health maintenance.
Max-Immune Forte™ contains 50mg (50 billion CFU) per dose as a blend of five strains of probiotics. These particular strains were chosen because they occur naturally in the intestinal tracts of healthy animals.
FIRST-MILKING COLOSTRUM POWDER
Found in animal mother’s first milk after birth, colostrum is crucial for immune defense and development in animal and human babies. Fresh colostrum powder is rich in essential peptides and is proven to support the secondary, or ‘adaptive’ immune system3. First-milking colostrum has high levels of immunoglobulins and proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs), vital for developing and maintaining immune health. Immunoglobulins are antibodies that attach to foreign invaders in the body, allowing the immune system to destroy invaders and keep the body healthy. In adult animals, PRPs and lactoferrin work to boost and modulate the immune system. PRPs, also called ‘info-peptides,’ can signal the immune system to increase activity to mount attacks against viruses, working together with signals with the innate immune system. Lactoferrin is proving to have anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral activity, and has been found to inhibit tumor growth.4 Colostrum also contains antibodies, proteins and enzymes that boost immune function.5
BETA GLUCAN POWDER
The natural beta glucan used in Max-Immune Forte™ contains a 50% concentration of beta glucan purified cell fragments, which is seen as ideal for assimilation. Beta glucans have been proven to increase immune defense and natural ‘killer’ cell function6. Beta glucans have also been found to inhibit tumor growth and have been used to support immune health during chemotherapy and radiation therapies.7
WHEY PROTEIN POWDER
Easily digested whey protein has been shown to support and boost immune function, and studies show that whey protein contributes to increased muscle strength in humans and animals.8 Whey protein also contains high levels of cysteine, an amino acid that helps boost glutathione. Glutathione supports the gut, where 70 percent of immune function occurs.