Growing up in a family of veterinarians in Japan, there were always animals of one sort or another underfoot. My mother used to prepare all the food that was fed to our pets and the animals that boarded with us from fresh ingredients bought daily at the local farms and market stands. It was time consuming, I know, because my job was to pick up and deliver all the ingredients each day from the different farms before school in time for her to prepare the food that was needed that day. But, we knew exactly what our animals we were eating.
So I didn’t follow my family’s path to become a veterinarian, but I did become a scientist who is always looking for better solutions to solve problems. I was working with different algae when I became intrigued by the variety of algae species that offer nutritional benefits. I pondered how and to whom I could make these nutrients available.
Drawing on my lifelong ingrained interest in pet nutrition and knowing how important our own pets are to our family, I decided to develop a product that would benefit pets' nutrition and overall health. Much work and many sleepless nights led me to a species of brown algae that has a very high content of DHA, the most essential of the Omega 3 fatty acids, but that is more difficult to grow because it needs a different energy source than sunlight to flourish. This led us to design a completely unique sterile system to grow and harvest our algae culture.
After much more work and many more sleepless nights, we have perfected our brand of DHA that we call PhytoSmart™. Our first product with PhytoSmart™ inside, SmartZYME™,is now available to you as a fresh pet treat condiment that you can mix easily into their wet or dry food and even dispense into aquarium tanks for better fish nutrition. We know many pet owners are already buying fish oil to supplement their pet's DHA Omega 3 needs. But jugs of fish oil are hard to manage and when they get old can become a neurotoxin that can greatly damage your pet's brain health. That's why it is important to us that SmartZYME™ is a fresh food ingredient. And the benefits to your pet multiplies not just by eating it, but because our special process keeps the DHA enzymes active and intact to continue to produce DHA in their body long after they eat it. Your pets will thank you for it!