Spirulina: A Superfood For Dogs
Looking to add a superfood boost to your pup's diet? Spirulina is an excellent source of protein, B vitamins, and essential fatty acids. Spirulina is one of the most complete sources of essential nutrients on the planet and NASA has considered it one of the most important food components in food travel. In addition, it also has the ability to #detox and remove impurities from your dog's body.
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What is spirulina?
Spirulina is one of the oldest organisms on the planet that grows in both fresh and saltwater. It’s a type of blue-green micro algae with a wide range of amazing health benefits for dogs. In fact, it's one of the richest source of nutrients in nature, containing up to 60 to 70 percent protein, B-complex vitamins, phycocyanin, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, vitamin E and numerous minerals.
The Origins of Spirulina
Spirulina happens to be one of the oldest life forms on Earth. In fact, science has determined that spirulina was actually responsible for producing much of the oxygen on the planet that allowed the earliest organisms to develop. How cool is that?!
Ancient Aztecs and the people of west Africa recognized the benefits of this super food thousands of years ago and many studies have been published on the benefits of spirulina. It is also one of the reasons why so many people see such dramatic positive change in their dog's health when they start taking it.
Why is spirulina good for dogs?
Spirulina is usually known primarily for the #superfood health benefits it offers to humans, but it can also be extremely healing and energizing for dogs! Here some key benefits of spirulina for dogs:
Strengthens and balances the immune system (and actually enhances the body’s ability to generate new blood cells)
Improves gastrointestinal health (it suppresses bad bacteria like e-coli and Candida yeast and naturally stimulates "good" gut bacteria)
Contains natural anti-inflammatory properties
Helps detoxification by absorbing heavy metals and toxic chemicals in our air, water, food and drugs.
It's rich in carotenoids antioxidants that promote cellular health and reduce the rate of cancer
It’s a great source of essential fatty acids, so-called omega oils, which are crucial for proper function of the brain, nervous system, tissue and cell regeneration and healthy coat and skin.
Even if it only accomplishes one of these goals, it’s worth it for the vitamins alone. As you can see, it is hard not to get excited about the amazing effects of spirulina.
Not all brands are created equal
Before you run out to your local health food store or jump online to make a purchase of this amazing superfood, be aware that not all spirulina brands are created equal. In fact, the quality can vary dramatically so make sure you check the following:
Know Your Source - Spirulina farms in Hawaii & California have a reputable history and grow spirulina in potable fresh water with clean air
Third-Party Certifications- Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegan.org, Gluten-free, Halal and Organic are common certifications
Nutrient Levels - higher quality spirulina will have a typical serving size of 3 grams with high levels of vitamin A, K1 and K2, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids
Harvesting Methods- The quality of the environment spirulina grows in is VERY important, but the care doesn't stop once it's harvested. High-quality spirulina will normally be packaged in amber-colored glass jars
What's the recommended dosage?
Spirulina is safe to use every day, but it's potent so you'll only need a tiny amount to get the amazing health benefits. A little goes a long way!
To feed, mix the spirulina into your dog's food as by itself it's not very tasty. According to pet herbalist, Greg Tilford, it’s safe to give your dog a daily amount of 1/4 teaspoon per pound of food. To introduce into your dog's diet we suggest trying a sprinkle first to see how your pup does, then build up to the recommended amount.
Give your furry BFF a true health boost with this superfood and try it out. We'd love to hear your dog's experience with it and if you see a noticeable difference in their energy, fresher breathe, shinier coat etc...or all of the above!