Dl-Methionine in Dog Food
Moving on to the letter D in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today we examine why Dl-Methionine is in Dog Food.
What is Dl-Methionine?
Methionine is an essential amino acid that is important for many bodily functions. Dl-Methionine is a synthetic version of this amino acid. Methionine is primarily found in meat, fish, and dairy products.
Common names for Dl-Methionine
There aren’t many alternative names for DL-Methionine although Methionine is often referred to as DL-Methionine, L-2-amino-4-(methylthio) butyric acid, and L-Methionine.
Why is Dl-Methionine included in dog food?
Dl-Methionine added to dog food to ensure that the dog is receiving the essential nutrient. It is more often present in lower quality foods that use plant based proteins as part of their recipes.
Is Dl-Methionine a commonly used ingredient in dog food?
Dl-Methionine is a fairly common dog food ingredient. It is present in 15% of all dog foods. Some form of Methionine is in 16% of all dog foods.
Common benefits or risks of Dl-Methionine
Dietary methionine is a potent antioxidant and an important amino acid for liver repair due to its ability to assist in the body’s detoxification process. Methionine helps prevent skin and nail problems.
DL-Methionine is often added to dog food to reduce the ph level in urine and is sometimes called the ‘grass saver’.
An overabundance of DL-Methionine can lead to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). DL- Methionine might also make liver disease worse.
Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level
Dog diets that are rich in meat and fish will likely not need to be supplemented with DL-Methionine. It is far better to obtain this essential amino acid through whole foods than through artificially created forms. Because it is essential but not the most natural version of the amino acid, DL-Methionine gets the SlimDoggy neutral rating.
Miscellaneous facts about Dl-Methionine
Because it reduces histamine release, methionine may be useful in some allergy cases.
Research shows that methionine supplementation may be helpful in treating Parkinson’s disease.
Sources and further reading
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