Animal Essentials Natural Seaweed Calcium
Animal Essentials’ Seaweed Calcium, derived from a plant source, ensures purity and bio-availability. This natural seaweed product is harvested from the seabeds off the southwest coast of Iceland, among the cleanest and purest waters in the world. The species is the small, red seaweed Rhodophyta-Lithothamnium Calcareum, which contains a variety of essential nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, boron and zinc. Each batch is tested according to FDA-approved standards for heavy metals and other contaminants. Alcohol Free & Made in The USA.
Ingredients: Dehydrated Seaweed Meal
Guaranteed Analysis per teaspoon
Moisture (max) 5.0%
Ash (min) 89%
Calcium (min) 33%/1000mg
Magnesium (min) 3%/90mg
Sulphur (min) 0.45%/13.5mg
Potassium (min) 0.1%/1.0mg
Phosphorus (min) 0.5%/1.5mg
Sodium (max) 22ppm/66mcg
Zinc (min) 22ppm/66mcg
Iodine (min) 20ppm/60mcg
Why Not Just Use Bone Meal?
Calcium is one of the most challenging minerals for the animal body to utilize. Bone meal can be difficult for dogs, cats, and most other animals to fully digest. This is because the nutritional values of bone meal, which is typically in the range of 24% calcium and 12% phosphorus, are locked within relatively large particles that appear as jagged little, flat tiles when viewed under a microscope. These particles are very slow to digest, and most will likely pass through the body before much of their calcium can be absorbed into the body. Furthermore, the density of bone meal particles can vary by a factor of 2:1 depending on the particle size and shape--- so you never know exactly how much bioavailable calcium is in a teaspoon or cup. Animal Essentials seaweed calcium on the other hand, is 34% pure calcium that is contained in very small, porous particles that look very much like pieces of popcorn when magnified. This porosity allows digestive acids to permeate the particles so they can dissolve quickly in the stomach for more thorough digestion. Our Calcium also contains magnesium which is necessary for calcium absorption into the bone.
Bottom line: Animal Essentials Calcium is much easier for your companion to digest and fully utilize---meaning you can feed less and expect more! We recommend you use 1/4 to1/3 less Animal Essential’s Calcium than bone meal.
Dr. Richard Pitcairn recommends this calcium in his book "The Complete Secrets to the Natural Health of Dogs & Cats".