"Superfood of the Sea"

Backed by more than 20 years of scientific studies, Tasco® sun-dried kelp provides premium nutrition beyond the basic pet food diet, distinguishing your brand and providing key claims that appeal to pet parents and consumers of premium and super-premium pet foods.

Tasco supports the overall health and well-being of cats, dogs and equine across all life stages.

All Life Stages, All Species
Tasco supports the overall health and well-being of cats, dogs and equine across all life stages. Lactating females fed a Tasco-supplemented diet produce higher levels of antibodies in their milk, which they pass on to their newborns, aiding their immune systems. Tasco also helps modulate the immune system of senior pets, which often suffer from depressed immune system function.

Tasco acts as a prebiotic, modulating the gut microbial population by providing phenolic compounds, complex polysaccharides, and other select dietary fibers that support the growth, diversification and activity of beneficial microbes, while reducing pathogens, such as Salmonella and Clostridia.

Healthy Digestive Function
Gut microbiota, the collection of microorganisms that live in the gastrointestinal tract, significantly impact the health of the pet. Tasco acts as a prebiotic, modulating the gut microbial population by providing phenolic compounds, complex polysaccharides, and other select dietary fibers that support the growth, diversification and activity of beneficial microbes, while reducing pathogens, such as Salmonella and Clostridia. An improved gut environment provides immune and nutrient absorption benefits.

Tasco’s dietary fiber and phenolic compounds help pets build and maintain an enhanced and balanced immune defense.

Enhanced Immune Health
Approximately 70% of an animal’s immune system resides in its GI tract, making Tasco’s positive impact on gut health a direct contributor to an enhanced systemic immune system. Tasco’s dietary fiber and phenolic compounds help pets build and maintain an enhanced and balanced immune defense. As an excellent source of dietary antioxidants, Tasco helps the animal combat illness and other physical stresses, measurably supporting its immune resistance.

Tasco’s complex polyphenol or phlorotannin compounds produce higher levels of infection-fighting phagocytes – specialized cells that kill harmful bacteria, viruses and other pathogens so they can be removed from the body. This improved immuno-competency reduces the infectivity of diseases, diminishes the severity of disease, or prevents the establishment of the disease in the host animal. Both pets and their owners benefit from these anti-parasitic effects and general resistance to infection.

The bioactive molecules in Tasco help cells suppress the production of harmful stress-related proteins and damaging metabolic byproducts.

Stress Reduction
The bioactive molecules in Tasco help cells suppress the production of harmful stress-related proteins and damaging metabolic byproducts. These molecules also enable the cells to produce more protective proteins, assisting the animal with tolerating physical and environmental stresses, such as traveling or interacting with other pets. Tasco also helps balance metabolism so pets can regulate their body temperature more easily, thereby reducing vulnerability to heat stress.

Tasco contains exclusively Ascophyllum nodosum, a unique species of kelp noted for its incredible ability to withstand one of the harshest environments on earth, Canada’s Bay of Fundy.

Superior Kelp
Commodity kelp can contain a blend of multiple species, not necessarily of equal quality, and from all parts of the world, possibly from less-than-clean waters. Tasco, however, contains exclusively Ascophyllum nodosum, a unique species of kelp noted for its incredible ability to withstand one of the harshest environments on earth, Canada’s Bay of Fundy.

Only batches of kelp that meet the strictest quality and safety standards earn the name Tasco.

The Bay of Fundy boasts some of the largest tides on earth with 200 billion tons of water flowing in and out of the bay in a single tide, an amount greater than the combined flow of all the rivers on earth. This unique kelp must withstand the icy waters of the North Atlantic and endure many environmental assaults, such as osmotic pressure fluctuations, temperature variation, and ultraviolet solar stress. The unique bioactive compounds that protect the kelp from this harsh environment are passed on to the pet providing an array of incredible health benefits.

After harvesting the kelp, every lot is tested for microbial counts, batch-to-batch consistency and purity. Only batches that meet the strictest quality and safety standards earn the name Tasco. Read this comparison of patent-protected Tasco to commodity kelp to learn why it is the “Superfood of the Sea” and truly in a class of its own.

Tasco kelp is all-natural, USDA Certified Organic and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

All-Natural
Tasco kelp is all-natural, USDA Certified Organic and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It can also be used as an organic source of iodine, an Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)-required nutrient.
To ensure the long-term supply and sustainable growth of Ascophyllum nodosum, careful planning and precautions are taken to ensure it is never over-harvested. Sustainable
To ensure the long-term supply and sustainable growth of Ascophyllum nodosum, careful planning and precautions are taken to ensure it is never over-harvested. Each year, harvest levels remain far below the annual growth rate, while accounting for kelp bed productivity and other factors, to ensure Ascophyllum nodosum can freely replenish itself.

Meticulous planning and GPS-guided boats enable harvesting without damage to the kelp bed and with minimal environmental impact. Hand harvesting not only protects the integrity of the kelp beds, but it also safeguards product purity and quality. Harvesters also use a specialized rake designed to cut the kelp above the roots, enabling sustainable growth for years to come. Lastly, solar drying of the kelp conserves energy and reduces the carbon footprint and greenhouse gases, while protecting the heat-sensitive nutrients in the plant.

To offer a multitude of premium health benefits by incorporating the “Superfood of the Sea” into your pet diet, contact your Trouw Nutrition representative, call 800.365.1357 or email info@trouwnutrition.com

For more information about Tasco and the science behind this unique species of kelp, please read the first issue of the Trouw Pet Nutrition Outlook.

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