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Why the world’s recognised “Superfoods” are good for your dog!

Spirulina

Spirulina is a naturally occurring algae, which has inhabited the earth for around 3.5 billion years. It has a green-blueish colour, and can provide outstanding health benefits!

From its staggeringly high protein content to the wealth of micronutrients it contains, spirulina is one of the worlds best superfoods.

What are the health benefits?

High protein content

Spirulina is 65% protein. That’s right, 65%. This is extremely high for a plant. It also contains sources of all 8 essential amino acids. It’s an easy, healthy way to boost your pets protein intake. Furthermore, this protein is highly absorbable.

✔ Contains essential fatty acids

Spirulina is especially high in Omega 3’s, and also has a significant amount of Omega 6s and Omega 9s.

✔ High in Chlorophyll

This helps to flush out toxins from the blood, acting as a natural detox. It also helps to boost your pets immune system.

✔ Source of Iron

Spirulina is a fantastic source of Iron for your pet.

✔ High in betacarotenoids

Betacarotenoids (antioxidants) help your immune system and hello clear your skin.

✔ High in Calcium

Spirulina is also very high in calcium, meaning it is excellent for growing bones and teeth development. It contains over 26 times the calcium in milk.

✔ Source of many micronutrients

It is also a great source of many other micronutrients, such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin A. It is also a source of potassium, chromium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium and zinc.

Kelp

Kelp is a type of seaweed, or algae, commonly eaten in Asian countries, such as Japan and China. this Superfood is found mainly in forests within shallow bodies of saltwater and can grow up to half a meter a day, ultimately reaching heights of 30 to 80 meters. Kelp is considered a Superfood because of all the nutrients it contains.

Iodine

Seaweed is also a rich source of iodine, which is a crucial nutrient for the thyroid. A deficiency in iodine leads to goitre, or swelling of the thyroid, and metabolism disruption.

Iodine is the main element used to synthesize the thyroid hormones thyroxin and triiodothyronine. The thyroid gland absorbs iodide from the bloodstream to make its hormones, although the process is regulated by the pituitary gland. Consuming iodine from plants like kelp also helps reduce the effects of radiation exposure.

Superfood Kelp contains many vitamins, especially B vitamins, which are essential for cellular metabolism and providing your body with energy. It also contains vitamins C and E, which are both strong antioxidants and promote blood vessel health. Minerals, such as calcium, boron and magnesium are plentiful in this particular Seaweed; they are necessary for strong bones and normal muscle function.

Sodium Alginate

Superfood Kelp, like other seaweeds, is rich in sodium alginate, which is an element effective at protecting the body from radiation and removing it. seaweed reduces radioactive strontium absorption in the intestines by 50 to 80 percent. Specifically, sodium alginate allows calcium to be absorbed through the intestinal wall while binding most of the strontium, which is excreted from the body.

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is used by plants to convert sunlight into energy, and it contains many nutrients, including antioxidants and amino acids. Chlorophyll is also similar in composition to blood, so consumption of it can stimulate red blood cell production, which can increase oxygenation around the body. Kelp contains plentiful amounts of chlorophyll.

Turmeric

We’ve known about the benefits of the Superfood turmeric for some time. Try this Superfood and see the difference it makes to your Dog.

Benefits of this Superfood for Dogs

  • Natural detox
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Natural antibacterial
  • Promotes heart and liver health
  • Reduces blood clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks by thinning the blood
  • Promotes digestive health
  • Acts as an antioxidant AND it’s believed to be able to prevent cancer
  • Offers allergy relief
  • Helps prevent cataracts
  • Has been used in the treatment of epilepsy
  • Natural pain relief
  • Natural treatment for diarrhoea

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. A growing body of more recent Western and holistic medicine evidence shows that turmeric is a preventive for a wide range of diseases, thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits. In humans and animals, turmeric has been shown to:

  • Enhance antioxidant protection against free radicals
  • Promote healthy skin and eyes
  • Provide and support a healthy immune system
  • Promote joint health
  • Encourage healthy liver function
  • Balance the digestive tract
  • Promote healthy blood and circulation
  • Maintain normal cholesterol levels
  • Improve stress tolerance
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels within normal range

The list of curcumin’s preventive and healing properties is a long one.

“Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a really significant potential effect against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic illnesses.”

Ethno botanist James Duke published a comprehensive summary of turmeric studies in October 2007 in Alternative and Complimentary Therapies. Duke reviewed around 700 studies that concluded that turmeric appears to out perform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects, a real Superfood.

Some of the diseases this Superfood has been found to help alleviate include arthritis, because it contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different cox 2 inhibitors. The cox 2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling, and inflammation, so inhibitors selectively block that enzyme.

Studies of the efficacy of Curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms. Duke found more than 700 citations for Curcumin and cancer as well. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, Curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, and liver cancer. What other Superfood can offer such benefits.

As you can see, all Dogs could benefit from this amazing Superfood. Most dogs readily accept a little seasoning on their meals of this medicinal Superfood.

Dangers of Turmeric for Dogs

Turmeric is a natural blood thinner. If your dog is on medication that thins his/her blood, speak with your veterinarian before feeding your dog’s with Superfood Turmeric in there diet.

Keep a look out here for new recipes to add This fantastic Superfood to.

Chia Seeds

Have you added chia seeds to your dog’s diet yet? If not, don’t wait. Add them to your own diet as well

Chia seeds have become one of the worlds “Superfoods”

In addition, it appears that the Aztecs also used them medicinally to relieve joint pain and skin conditions.

Chia Seeds Nutritional Values

Though small, they are jam-packed with nutrients and have rich antioxidant properties. Just two tablespoons (28 grams/1 ounce) contain the following nutrients:

  • 12 of carbohydrates (of which 11 grams are fibre);
  • 4 grams of protein;
  • 5 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia seeds are also rich in calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus; they are also a good sources of zinc, potassium, and vitamins B1, B2 and B3.

To give you some perspective as to how nutrient-packed chia seeds are, let’s compare them with a few other foods.

  • 5 times more calcium-rich than milk;
  • 2 times more potassium-rich than bananas;
  • 3 times more iron-rich than spinach;
  • 3 times more antioxidant-rich than blueberries; and
  • 2 times more protein-rich than any other seed (or grain).

What’s more, this Superfood is gluten-free, non-GMO, and our chia seeds are organically grown.

Unlike flaxseeds, they do not have to be ground – you can just eat them raw and whole. Due to their high antioxidant content, they do not go rancid quickly and do not lose their nutritional value.

These Superfood seeds are not only protein rich (much richer than most plants), but more importantly, are a source of complete protein, which means they contain all of the nine essential amino acids that our dogs need. Really amazing for such a small seed!

They provide a lot of health benefits to dogs. In particular, their rich antioxidant and protein contents are beneficial to older dogs and those with weakened immune systems.

The high fibre content in this fantastic seed makes them a low glycaemic food, meaning eating them does not lead to a sudden surge in blood sugar, and is therefore good even for dogs with blood sugar regulation issues.

As well, the high fibre content promotes a healthy digestive tract – it can minor tummy problems such as constipation, diarrhoea, and inflammation.

Chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water. After absorbing all the water, the seeds become gelatine-like and expand in the stomach, giving a sense of fullness. Chia seeds are therefore a good food ingredient for obese dogs who need to lose weight.

The high content levels of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus make chia seeds a good food for bone health. Chia seeds are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of ALA. Omega-3s are essential for the healthy growth and maintenance of skin and coat in dogs. If your dog has skin problems, adding chia seeds to his diet is one way to help improve his skin condition.

Feeding Chia Seeds to Dogs

Since chia seeds health benefits for dogs are enormous, it is good to add the seeds to your dog’s diet. You can simply sprinkle the raw seeds on your dog’s food. Or you can soak the seeds in water and add the gel to his food. (Some of Natures meals are packed with Chia seeds) check shop for details

Coconut Oil

The big benefits of coconut oil comes from the type of fats it is made of.

Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “Superfood”.

I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t fat bad for you?”. In this case no. There are two groups of fats: “saturated fats” and “unsaturated fats” and within each group are several more types of fats.

It can get a bit confusing

MCT’s are coconut oils secret weapon. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) is GOOD fat, the kind that provides an array of benefits which include digestion improvement, immune system support, metabolic function that assists with weight loss, skin and coat health and thyroid health.

MCT is made up of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Meristic Acid and Palmitic.
Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid
(monounsaturated fatty acids).

Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and Caprylic acid also have similar properties as Lauric acid and are best known for their anti-fungal effects

MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.

BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL FOR DOGS

As we’ve stated, coconut oil has several benefits for your dog. Let’s go over a few of them. Coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects your dog from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil can improve dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.

IMPROVES DIGESTION

  • Improves digestion
  • Increases nutrient absorption
  • Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowl syndrome
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath
  • Helps with coughing

“SUPERFOOD” BENEFITS

  • Assists with weight loss
  • Powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents
  • Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Aids arthritis and ligament problems
  • Helps prevent infection and disease
  • Aids in increasing energy

HEALTHY SKIN AND COAT

  • Clears up eczema
  • Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
  • Minimizes doggy odour
  • Reduces allergic reactions
  • Creates sleek and glossy coats
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
  • When applied topically coconut oil promotes wound healing
  • Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
Fresh salmon oil

Natures ethically & responsibly sourced fresh Salmon Oil from Scottish waters.

High in Omega 3
Hypo-allergenic
Environmentally friendly
Rich in Omega 3

Please follow instructions on the bottle when adding this product

WHY IS SALMON OIL GOOD FOR DOGS

Salmon oil is very high in both EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are omega-3 fatty acids.

There are the two main types of omega-3 fatty acids:

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA. These are plentiful in fish and shellfish. Algae often provides only DHA.

Short-chain omega-3 fatty acids are ALA (alpha-linoleic acid). These are found in plants, such as flaxseed. Though beneficial, ALA omega-3 fatty acids have less potent health benefits than EPA and DHA in turn your pets can’t convert ALA to DHA & EPA so in turn makes Flax seed oil useless to your pet.

SALMON OIL FOR DOGS BENEFITS

EPA and DHA are helpful for your dog because if you have insufficient amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, you can develop deficiency based diseases, including:

Gout, Allergies, Poor immune system, Eczema, Poor coat: cracked hairs, Increased shedding, Poor wound healing, Poor growth, Poor renal function, Liver disorders, Dermatitis and other health problems.

Proven benefits from EPA and DHA include:

  • Improves the coat and skin, making it soft and shiny.
  • Reducing inflammation that can lead to conditions such as arthritis.
  • Helps to prevent skin allergies.
  • Helps with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  • Regulates the immune system.
  • Calming overactive immune systems for dogs with allergies or autoimmune diseases.
  • Aiding in mental development of foetuses and puppies.
  • Improves cognitive function in older dogs.
  • Lowers blood pressure and triglycerides.
  • Provides support for dogs with kidney disease.
  • Fights heart disease.
  • Is preventative against cancer.
  • Helps promote weight loss in overweight dogs.
  • Helps in producing more collagen.
  • Useful in the treatment of kidney problems (frequent urination, loss of appetite)
  • Appearance of joint problems is lessened.
  • Can help to slow cancer cell growth.
  • Helps cachexia (the muscle wasting associated with some cancers).