Spirulina has become increasingly popular in human diets over the past 10 years, but did you know it’s origins date back as far as the 16th century? It’s thought that the Aztecs in Mexico dried spirulina into patties which then they used for the base of broths for cooking. Although it may seem like a new trend, the benefits of spirulina have been widely explored for centuries. And since dogs historically ate scraps, perhaps it’s not such a new trend for canines either.
Spirulina is currently the single most complete source of essential nutrients on the planet. It contains over 60% protein, a high concentration of beta-carotene, vitamin B12, iron and fatty acids.
Although spirulina is a powerhouse of nutrients, it’s exceptional value comes from it’s uniqueness. Spirulina contains certain phytonutrients which only occur in blue-green algae - and these phytonutrients are typically completely absent from a canine diet.
Some of the benefits of spirulinas unique phytonutrients include:
Stimulate antibody growth
Enhance immune system
Promote cellular health
Cleanse environmental toxins
Reduce risk of stroke
Reduce allergies, by reducing inflammation
Reduce kidney toxicity
Promote gastrointestinal health, improve digestion and bowel function
Suppress E.Coli, yeast and other harmful bacteria
Reduce risk of cancer
Interested in adding spirulina to your dogs diet? Check out our GreenSea+ daily supplement for a truly unique blend promoting overall health and vitality for all canines.
Food for Thought: The blue pigment phycocyanin, found in spirulina, is a protein which has actually been shown to inhibit cancer colony formation.