Frequently Asked Questions

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ZipZyme™ Omega is a safe, natural, non-GMO, vegan, whole-cell  algae DHA nutritional food for your pet.  By feeding your pet ZipZyme™ Omega daily, the DHA Omega-3 fatty acid protects and repairs your pet’s health from the inside out.

ZipZyme™ is grown and harvested from C. cohnii, a well-known species of micro-algae that grows in all oceans around the world.  This particular species of algae possesses the special metabolic enzymes that produces DHA internally. And C. cohnii is unique in that it produces only DHA; the most important Omega 3 fatty acid that directly converts glucose to healthy fats and inhibit saturated fat accumulation in the body.  
 
Further, ZipZyme™ Omega is the only Omega 3 product that preserves the DHA Synthase Enzymes that work to produce additional DHA after consumption. To preserve its freshness, ZipZyme™ is packaged and cold-shipped to your door in convenient serving pouches

ZipZyme™ stands for nutrition, for an apple a day prevention and repairing as it protects. So the therapeutic nature of ZipZyme™ is built into the protected and preserved enzymes that allow DHA to be multiplied in the body of your pet. Combining the two thoughts leads to a product that offers therapeutic nutrition while being nutritionally therapeutic.

Yes, ZipZyme™ Omega’s growing, harvesting and packaging facility is in Brunswick Maine.  Our process is designed to maintain the sterility of the biomass throughout each step of the system.  The process and protocols we follow were developed by our founders and we have created a patented bioreactor system that is the core of our technology.

ZipZyme™ Omega is unique among all DHA Omega 3 products because it is fresh, whole cell food, not extracted like fish oil that is processed, over concentrated, rendering it extremely susceptible to damaging oxidation. Because ZipZyme™ Omega is the same form of DHA that is already found in the body, once consumed it goes to work immediately to help improve your pet’s health. ZipZyme™ Omega is the most highly bioavailable DHA product you can feed to your pet. 

ZipZyme™ Omega‘s DHA has many benefits. It improves  mobility, circulation, cognition, reduces inflammation and allergic conditions. It helps our pets stay active and vital throughout every stage of life. And the special metabolic enzymes that only ZipZyme™ Omega provides, keeps producing DHA  in your pet.

Depending on the status of your pet’s health, 90 days (usually much sooner) is often more than enough time to witness dramatic improvement. Our experience is that the more impaired the animal, the sooner you may notice/witness a change for the better.  And for healthy animals, a daily serving of ZipZyme™ provides an “apple a day” preventative protection to maintain peak health. ZipZyme™  is specially formulated and packaged into convenient daily servings.  We offer two formulations, one for animals weighing 50 pounds or less and one for heavier animals.  We feed  a full serving of ZipZyme™ Omega   daily to our pets to help them enjoy their health and vitality.

We ship ZipZyme™ Omega cold to your door to maintain freshness. That is also why we package servings of  ZipZyme™ Omega in oxygen barrier pouches. To thaw, either warm it in your hands for a few moments or immerse it in warm water (up to 115ºF so as not to deactivate the enzymes). Don’t worry if your product arrives thawed or thaws in your possession. Freeze the pouches that you will not use and refrigerate the pouches that you will use first. Handle ZipZyme™ as you would any fresh product. Please refer to our video to see how easy it is to use ZipZyme™ Omega to exponentially improve your pet’s health.

Storage and Use

The pouches of ZipZyme™ Omega that you received should have arrived frozen, but if they have thawed in transit, it’s OK. Simply refreeze them; thawing and refreezing will not damage the special DHA producing enzymes in ZipZyme™ as long as they are not exposed to temperatures above 115°F. Please keep the packs that you are not serving refrigerated or frozen. Some of our customers suggest keeping 2 or 3 serving pouches in the refrigerator and replenishing the supply from the freezer as necessary.

We cold ship ZipZyme™ to you to protect its freshness and ensure that the special enzymes remain active. In the refrigerator, please treat ZipZyme™ like an item of fresh produce.

How to serve your pet ZipZyme™ Omega

After removing a pouch from the freezer (you can easily thaw it by holding it in your hands for a few moments) or refrigerator, gently massage the packet to mix the contents.

Snip a corner of the pouch to open it and simply dispense the contents of the pouch onto your pet’s favorite wet or dry food, and if you wish, mix the food and ZipZyme™ Omega together. Then serve.

How much ZipZyme™ Omega you should serve

For first time users

We brine ZipZyme™ with sea salt to preserve it so that no artificial or synthetic preservatives are needed or used. We recommend serving a smaller amount for the first few days and gradually increase to the full serving size (one pouch) to give your pet time to adjust to the salt that we use.

Likewise, if your pet is experiencing a health issue or flare up that might benefit from ZipZyme™ Omega, you may consider increasing the daily serving amount until the condition improves.

ZipZyme™ is a functional food, not a medicine, so you cannot overdose with it. We recommend feeding a smaller amount the first few days to gradually build up to the suggested amount. Once your pet has been fed smaller amounts of ZipZyme™ Omega and is accustomed to it, you may feed your pet the full pouch.  Each pouch contains a full daily serving as we have two different sizes, one for small and one for large animals where the dividing line is 50 pounds.

 

ZipZyme™ will last for over a year frozen. However, once it is in the refrigerator and ready for use, please feed it to your pet within one (1) month. Think of ZipZyme™ as an item of fresh produce.

Yes, ZipZyme™ Omega is vegan.  The sterile production process we employ does not use any animal product or byproduct. ZipZyme™ Omega contains algae, sea salt (used for brining), natural flavorings, and vitamin C (to maintain its freshness). 

DHA is the most important Omega 3 fatty acid. It is a necessary building block for brain development and critical for optimal cognitive functioning. In addition to brain health, DHA improves circulation, mobility, skin and coat while reducing inflammation and many allergic conditions. Animals and humans do not possess the enzymes necessary to produce DHA internally and they rely largely on diet to ensure this important nutrient is present in their bodies.

DHA Omega 3 has a significant antioxidant capacity to neutralize the oxygen radicals that are believed to be the cause of inflammation, irritation, itch and pain present in many skin, mobility and other health conditions that our pets encounter.  Every infant formula is supplemented with DHA because it is critical to brain development and cognitive functioning throughout every stage of life. Due to its extremely low freezing point, DHA helps to keep cellular membrane systems fluid and flexible. We think of it as “Nature’s Antifreeze” because it does not allow unhealthy saturated fats to accumulate.

Recent studies have shown that for both humans and animals, that DHA Omega 3 increases the body’s basal metabolic rate so that more calories are burned at rest, as well as when moving. Metabolic enzymes, such as those contained in ZipZyme™ Omega work to produce DHA, convert sugars such as glucose or fructose to unsaturated “good” fats (DHA) instead of unhealthy saturated fats that tend to accumulate in the body if this important nutrient is missing.

An enzyme is a protein catalyst that causes a chemical reaction to occur in the body.   When enzymes are exposed to high temperatures, as they are during the manufacture of Omega 3 extracted oils, they become denatured (inactive) and ineffective. All fish oil extractors use heat in their processes. Heat is not used to make ZipZyme™ Omega — our entire process is accomplished at room temperatures.

The heat that fish oil extractors use to produce extracted Omega 3 oils strips away the special enzymes that are needed to produce Omega 3 fatty acids.  ZipZyme™ is the only Omega 3 DHA product that preserves the algae’s enzymes. The enzymes remain active and intact because our process does not use heat – we grow and process ZipZyme™ at room temperature and then freeze the resultant package to preserve its enzyme producing properties.

ZipZyme™ Omega works to rebalance impaired metabolisms that can lead to illnesses such as Diabetes, Cushing’s Syndrome, Obesity, etc. that affect so many pets and people.

Fish oil is prone to oxidation, and oxidized Omega 3 PUFAs (poly-unsaturated fatty acids) can become toxic – not safe. Once your pet consumes fish oil that has oxidized, potentially damaging free radicals can enter their body and penetrate a variety of cell membranes to harm your pet’s health. Although Omega 3 oil producers add Tocopherols (synthetic Vitamin E) as an antioxidant to preserve the extracted oil, once the tocopherol molecules become oxidized (merely by being exposed to the air) , they cease to protect the PUFA. 

The stamped expiration date on extracted Omega 3 oil  offers protection from damaging oxidation only as long as the package seal remains unbroken. Once the contents of the package are exposed to the air, the clock starts ticking for the damaging peroxidation chain reaction to begin. That is why we safeguard ZipZyme™ Omega from exposure to damaging oxidation by brining with sea salt, packaging each serving in its own individual oxygen barrier film, and then ship to you cold.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

Small Animal (mg) Large Animal (mg)
Fat 43 118
DHA 23 46
Protien 541 413
Carbohydrate 582 510
Fiber 26 14
Sodium 95 95
Vitamin C 50 50