Top ten reasons why spirulina should be part of every dog’s diet
Before I get into the wonders of spirulina and how great it can be for your dog, I’d like to talk about travel.
Most people love exploring the world because it is an exciting, eye-opening and life-enriching experience. Traveling abroad usually starts with getting the best flight connections for the best price.
Let’s dream a little
Imagine if all the dogs and people could travel together in the cabin. In this dream you would like to travel from New York to Amsterdam with your dog. You go online and type in the destination, choose the best flight and because New York and Amsterdam are major flight hubs, you are likely to find a direct connection for a very good price.
Now imagine you ask a travel agent to book your flight and he comes back with an itinerary from New York to Sydney, Australia, then to Bangkok, Thailand and then to Amsterdam. Additionally, your dog would not be allowed to fly in the cabin and would instead have to travel in the cargo hold.
Not only that, the flight would be insanely long and many times more expensive than the direct flight, and your dog would be under much higher stress, so the risks of such a trip are much greater. Additionally, dogs coming to Australia must spend weeks in Australian quarantine, meaning that instead of the normal six hours to get to Amsterdam from New York, it would take many weeks.
Would such a route be crazy?
Of course it would, but this is exactly what happens in veterinary and human medicine.
Practitioners are often unaware of the simple and inexpensive solutions because they are not taught. Cheap and effective methods are not researched often enough because the medical model focuses on approved, drug-based treatment protocols.
In my experience, this approach to disease treatment rarely results in a complete cure of the disease. More often, it causes an improvement in one symptom or problem and causes other side effects that lead to an increased need for medications to treat the disease caused by the drug.
So, what can you and other dog lovers do? to ensure that dealing with your dog’s problems doesn’t seem like the journey to Amsterdam via Sydney?
After nearly three decades in practice, I have no doubt that good nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. If you want to keep your dog healthy, you should stay away from processed food (kibble) and feed your dog a healthy cooked or raw diet, depending on your preference.
But even if you feed such a diet, there is no guarantee that your dog’s diet will be complete. There are certain nutrients that your dog cannot produce (synthesize) in his or her body. They usually carry the adjective ‘essential’, such as essential minerals, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids (omega fatty acids) or vitamins.
Before the days of intensive agriculture, these nutrients were readily available in the diet of wild canines. The problem is that most of the world’s land is depleted, farm animals are raised under very stressful conditions and animal feed is often of poor quality and no different than, for example, dog food.
When we add up all the points, it is clear that your dog’s health and longevity depend on the presence of these essential nutrients. Expecting good health in the absence of these is as naive as trying to build a house without wood or bricks.
The best possible solution
Of course, the best way to feed your dog is to let him hunt in the wilderness where he is unaffected by civilization, but how easy is that?!
That’s why so many dog lovers see a profound difference when they start supplementing with essential nutrients like minerals and amino acids, vitamins, omega oils and probiotics.
Why did I use the example of traveling from New York to Amsterdam via Sydney and how does this relate to medicine? The reason is that most conventional medical treatments involve complex and expensive protocols, while the simple, cheap and immediate (escape) solutions are ignored or forgotten.
Over the years I have seen most sick, exhausted and chronically ill dogs respond very favorably to a combination of vegetable minerals and spirulina because these nutrients initiate the body’s healing cycle or prevent disease from occurring in the first place.
Spirulina is one of the most complete sources of essential nutrients on Earth and NASA considers it one of the most important food components in food travel. In addition, it also has the ability to detoxify and remove impurities from your dog’s body.
That’s why I formulated GreenMin, my all-natural mineral supplement, containing all-natural, kosher California Spirulina. It is rich in chlorophyll, essential amino acids, omega oils, beta-carotene and numerous other phytonutrients that nourish, cleanse the body and help eliminate heavy metals.
What is spirulina?
Spirulina belongs to the cyanobacteria family, more commonly referred to as ‘blue-green algae’. In fact, the term algae is a misnomer because, despite the name, spirulina is not true algae. It is one of nature’s richest sources of nutrients, containing up to 60 to 70 percent protein, vitamin B complex, phycocyanin, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, vitamin E and numerous minerals.
The ancient Aztecs and the people of West Africa recognized the benefits of this superfood thousands of years ago and many studies have been published on the benefits of spirulina. It’s also one of the reasons why so many people see such dramatic positive changes in their dog’s health when they start using GreenMin.
Here are the reasons why every dog’s diet should include GreenMin with Spirulina:
- It is a complete source of protein all nine essential amino acids – the building blocks necessary for the health of every cell in your dog’s body.
- Spirulina contains phycocyanina photosynthetic pigment with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Dogs and people who use spirulina show up greater endurance and can run longer and use less energy.
- Spirulina does one of the most chlorophyll-rich foods in the world. It helps remove toxins from the blood and strengthens the immune system.
- It has been shown to have a very positive effect on the immune system and reduce the incidence of allergies.
- Spirulina is known to improve fatigue, anxiety and depression in humans and I have seen it have a similar calming and balancing effect on dogs.
- Spirulina contains ten times more beta-carotene than carrots.
- Some clinical studies have shown in clinical trials that spirulina reduces the size of tumors and prevents the formation of cancer.
- Spirulina absorbs heavy metals and other toxins, which is so important in times of increased environmental and food pollution.
- And finally, this superfood is a great source of essential fatty acids, the so-called omega oils, which are crucial for the proper functioning of the brain, nervous system, tissue and cell regeneration and a healthy coat and skin.
As you can see, it’s hard not to get excited about the amazing effects of spirulina, one of my favorite superfoods. People often ask me why I combined spirulina with Alga Calcarea, the mineral-rich algae species GreenMin.
The combination of these superfoods creates a synergy of nutrients like no other. As I said at the beginning of this article, the best solutions for health and travel are simple. There is no point in making healing more complicated than it needs to be.
One more thing. Quality control of spirulina production is crucial to its quality. Poor quality spirulina may contain toxic byproducts from its production. That’s why I only use top-quality, human-grade Californian spirulina in GreenMin.
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© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM