Natural Solutions Superfood Pet Supplement
Natural, Inflammation-Reducing, Immune Boosting Supplement
Natural Solutions Superfoods Pet Supplement
All Natural, human foods, spices, and nutrients that:
– Boost the immune system
– Address inflammation
– Support many bodily functions
– Fast, easy, added to your pet’s current food
– Results often seen in a week or two
What is it?
Natural Solutions Superfoods Pet Supplement is a specific compilation of rich human grade food sources. Nothing is sourced from China. There are no chemicals, by products, or unknown ingredients to confuse pet owners or mask our intention to provide a balanced vitamin, mineral, food powder that naturally nourishes your dog and cat family. Each ingredient as you can read has a specific purpose which historically has been researched and used with effective results. Even the best pet foods lose nutritive efficacy in processing.
This is a boost to contribute to your pet’s immune system. Many of the ingredients historically address inflammation and many customers find relief for their pets in joint health, better mobility, vibrancy, improved coat and skin, and overall well being. Just like human children through seniors take supplements to support and enhance the foods they eat, our superfoods pet supplement naturally supports their bodies through clean food powders. We invite you to read what each ingredient does and see what our years of customers have experienced with their pets. Always trust what your own veterinarian says by showing our website. I personally have had my pets using the five generations of my supplement since 2005. My own testimonials and videos are available here for your review. Foods fuel the body and each function. Superfoods are no different. I invite you to review snd see what you think is right for your own pets. I welcome any questions to share my experience. I am not a veterinarian. I am a pet parent who wants the very best for my pets, and I want to share a superior product I use in my family with you.
This supplement is measured and added and stirred into your pet’s current food. It’s easy, fast, effective and they love the taste. Many customers see results within the first week, as seen in testimonials.
How to Use
1. Less is better in introducing your pet to the supplement. Use measuring spoons.
2. The rule of thumb is 1 level teaspoon per 20 pounds of pet weight per meal. (A 20 lb Cocker gets 1 level teaspoon. A 60 lb. Huskie gets 3 level teaspoons per meal. A 10 lb. cat gets 1/2 teaspoon per meal). Finicky eaters or sensitive stomach pets, use ratio 1 level tsp. per 30 pounds pet weight.
3. Begin day 1 and 2 with about 1/3 of the recommended dose stirred into the pet’s normal food.
Increase to 2/3 of the recommended dose on day 3 and 4 stirred into pet’s food.
On days 5 and 6, go to the full dose per weight of the pet and stir into food.
OPTIONS: can add few tablespoons of water in food and stir with supplement to make a slight gravy.
For finicky eaters, start out with a literal pinch of supplement and stir. Slowly increase each day.
NSC PET SUPPLEMENT INGREDIENT BENEFITS
Human Grade Food Powders—None Sourced from China
Alfalfa contains a variety of nutrients, including considerable quantities of protein (up to 50%), trace minerals, dietary fiber, and vitamins A, B1, B12, C, D, E, and K. It is also an excellent source of chlorophyll, which is to serve as an antioxidant in the bloodstream. Historically, alfalfa is known as one of the best herbal treatments for arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. Other benefits are:
- Cardiovascular system – lowers cholesterol and prevents arterial plaque buildup
- Alkalizing effect reduces overly acidic urine
- Supports optimum liver function
- Digestive aid and prevents constipation
- Saponin constituents assist the small intestine in the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients
- Improved immune function
- Supports brain and nerve function
- Anti-cancer – many researchers believe it may inactivate chemical carcinogens
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-fungal properties
- Supports bones and joints
- Helps in bleeding disorders – high in Vitamin K and its coumarin constituent is known for its anticoagulant qualities
- Aids in intestinal ulcer healing process
- Supports the pituitary gland and stimulates growth hormones
- Increased insulin production
- Increased milk production
- May improve eczema-type skin conditions
Black pepper contains an extract called piperine (Piper nigrum L). The patented name is “Bioperine”. This extract is believed to greatly increase your dog’s gastrointestinal absorption of many nutrients (such as vitamins C, B6, beta carotene, amino acids, and herbs like curcumin/turmeric). It is believed to make them more bioavailable to the pet.
- Bioperine/piperine is a natural internal parasite eliminator.
- Bioperine/piperine can help with your dog’s or cat’s gum health.
- Bioperine/piperine can raise the plasma levels of coenzyme eQ10 and bioavailability for your dog. Piperine present in black pepper acts as a thermogenic compound. Piperine enhances the thermogenesis of lipid and accelerates energy metabolism in the body and also increases the serotonin and beta-endorphin production in the brain.
A super food – unsurprisingly, they’re also good for your dog and cats. All the antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals blueberries boast provide the same benefits for your dog’s body that they give yours. They are low in fat and high in vitamin A, C, potassium, and fiber. Antioxidants play a role in fighting conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other fruit in the world. Blueberries are packed with the antioxidant pigment Anthocyanin. These antioxidants in blueberries neutralize free radicals which can damage cells and tissues. Tissue damage can, in turn, lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. The blue-red pigments found in blueberries (Anthocyanins), improve the integrity of support structures in the veins and entire vascular system. Anthocyanins have been shown to enhance the effects of vitamin C and improve capillary integrity. Blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as dementia. They improve night vision.
Blueberries contain another antioxidant compound called ellagic acid, which blocks metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer. They are high in the soluble fiber pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol and to prevent bile acid from being transformed into a potentially cancer-causing form. Blueberries also promote urinary tract health. Blueberries contain the same compounds found in cranberries that help prevent or eliminate urinary tract infections.
It is rich in quercetin. Quercetin is a natural solution existing in the peel of many fruits and vegetables. It is a superfood flavonoid (discovered in the 1930’s). Flavonoids are a plant-based compound with powerful antioxidant properties such as anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine characteristics! We have all seen these symptoms such as paw licking/chewing, ear infections, watery eyes, itchy skin, and a lot of scratching. It also has been studied as an addition in cancer prevention therapies. This superfood is:
Bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful for treating arthritis and other aches and pains and injuries in your pet.
- Digestive Support: Bromelain is most often used as a digestive aid when given with meals. It is a proteolytic enzyme, meaning it can break down protein. Poor protein digestion can lead to immune insufficiency, food allergies and gastrointestinal issues. Bromelain assists with the breakdown and digestion of proteins, thus reducing incidences of protein malabsorption.
- Antihistamine: dogs and cats can suffer from hay fever, as well as environmental and food allergies. Bromelain breaks down histamine, which causes allergy symptoms. Bromelain is useful for dogs with constant ear infections, paw chewing, watery eyes, sneezing, continuous scratching and other signs of allergies.
- Mucolytic: Bromelain helps produce mucous, so it is useful for relieving congestion, ear infections, sinus infections and lung infections.
Carrots need no description; they have been around for thousands of years and are a part of the diet in every culture of the world. Their texture and sweetness has also attracted our canine and feline friends as well.
Carrots are a food that is an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, which are thought to help protect the heart and reduce the risk of cancer. It is the richest source of beta-carotene a precursor to Vitamin A, which is essential for good vision and night vision and thought to help potentially from macular degeneration. It is an essential nutrient needed for normal growth development, reproduction, immune function, and vision. They are a great source of fiber. Carrots also have vitamin K, C, and calcium. They help in brain health, liver protection, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Foods high in carotenoids are thought to be beneficial for blood sugar regulation.
Cayenne pepper is produced from the capsicum herb and has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever and hemorrhoids. Perhaps the greatest natural stimulant known, Cayenne has been called the single greatest “driver” of other herbs. No other herb is quite in this class making it a must for all formulas. Simply said, when you need to get an herb to any location in the body cayenne reigns supreme.
The uses of cayenne are so numerous that it has been claimed “the single greatest herb.” Some of the common uses are anal problems (to include hemorrhoids), heart attack, toothache, external bleeding, wounds of all types, and clearing the mucous membranes. Cayenne is an anti-inflammatory agent and may even help relieve allergies.
Cayenne is a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This aids the body’s ability to metabolize food (and toxins). Cayenne pepper is also helpful for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.
The cherry is known to reduce inflammation, improve sleep and relaxation, reduce arthritis severity and many believe they help deter cancer as an antioxidant. They contain lots of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals including melatonin.
Chicory root is from a plant used for humans and pets. It can help to improve health by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal system. It contains a fiber called “inulin” which by itself is non- digestible a form of dietary fiber, which contains substances called oligosaccharides that are thought to promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria, improve digestion, decrease disease, and strengthen the immune system. Many proponents of these categories of prebiotics are believed to stimulate the growth and/or activity of beneficial intestinal microorganisms. A healthy digestive track is essential for nutrients to be more readily absorbed and transported to other systems in the body. Chicory stimulates ‘friendly’ organisms in the gut that are said to ward of certain diseases and have a markedly positive effect on the overall immune system. They also have been helpful in preventing and relieving constipation while reducing inflammation and discouraging harmful bacteria. Some vets have been known to recommend chicory upon discovery of intestinal worms since it naturally emits oils thought to remedy certain parasites. Chicory is gaining a favorable reputation as a safe and effective dog food and supplement ingredient. Unlike other synthetic probiotics, Chicory offers a natural, unprocessed alternative that is both palatable and helpful.
Chlorella are single-celled, freshwater green microalgae that thrive in the warmth of sunlight. Chlorella has been linked to a variety of potential health benefits, including as an immune booster, gastrointestinal aid and detoxifier. Chlorella is rich in the powerful detoxifier chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps to cleanse all the cells of the body, fight infection, heal wounds, build the immune system and detoxify all systems, particularly the liver and the digestive system. It also promotes digestive health – which is why many dogs with acute digestive problems tend to go for the grass. It has a double action in both treating and preventing bad breath. Chlorophyll can eliminate odors in the mouth. It also improves digestion often a cause of bad breath in dogs with healthy teeth and gums. Chlorophyll can increase oxygen utilization within your pet’s body. It also breaks down calcium oxalate stones in the bladder. Importantly, chlorophyll reduces the ability of carcinogens to bind with DNA in the liver and other organs.
Dr. Karen Becker, holistic veterinarian, says chlorophyll is a natural detoxifying agent that can help with toxic buildup from perpetrators like pesticides and herbicides, vaccinations, unhealthy pet food chemical pest preventatives including those for fleas, ticks and heartworm and just plain old environmental pollution. After repeated exposure of these kinds of toxins, chemicals and heavy metals, your pet’s organs will start to wear out from overload. And then you’ll see the symptoms and chronic conditions start to appear, she says. It also has a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and high levels of protein.
A long time favorite spice from the dried bark of certain tropical trees. It contains calcium, iron, vitamins C and K, and manganese. Cinnamon does not contain measurable amounts of oxalate or purines – this means that dogs and cats with kidney and bladder stones can have cinnamon in their diet. Benefits of cinnamon include:
- Anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial
- stops the growth of bad bacteria, fungi, yeast – Candida
- shown to mitigate and often stop yeast Candida that were resistant to the commonly prescribed drug Fluconazole
- Atherosclerosis and heart disease prevention – see ‘Cholesterol’ below
- Appetite stimulation
- Blood sugar control
- Adding cinnamon to high carbohydrate food lowers the gastric emptying rate and significantly lessen a rise in blood sugar levels
- For type two diabetes, cinnamon improves the bodies ability to respond to insulin – thus lowering blood sugar levels
- Brain activity enhancer
- The scent of cinnamon produces positive effects on brain function including attentional process and working memory
- Cancer fighting – colon health
- Cinnamon is an excellent source of calcium, fiber, mangenese
- Calcium and fiber can bind to bile salts thereby helping with elimination from the body
- Certain bile salts can cause damage to the colon cells, thus protecting the body from colon cancer
- Carminative-gas or bloating
- The process of making new bile requires that the body breakdown cholesterol
- This process can help to lower cholesterol levels, thus cinnamon also contributes to preventing atherosclerosis and heart disease
- Dental Health
- Digestive Health
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- The fiber in cinnamon can help provide respite from both constipation and diarrhea
- Food Preservative
- Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties make it an excellent food preservative
- Food grade Cinnamon essential oil can be added to refrigerated food to inhibit food borne pathogenic Bacillus cerus
Cranberries have many health benefits for dogs. Canine urinary tract infections can be serious, and cranberry juice can work to control and/or prevent urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice lowers the pH of the urine, making it more acidic. This action makes it a hostile environment for pH sensitive bacteria. Cranberries contain at least two agents that act as bacterial inhibitors. Consequently, many medications for urinary tract infections work in the same manner.
Cranberries should not be a replacement for veterinary care, or antibiotic therapy. They can be used to compliment each other though. Many veterinarians will suggest cranberries for dogs and cats as a preventative if they have been under considerable stress, such as a new rescue, or one that has been in a stressful situation.
Cranberries are rich in vitamins including A, B1, B2, C, and many nutrients. They are full of minerals and antioxidants that fights free radicals (toxins) in the body; a natural acidifier that contributes to urinary tract health, preventing bacterial infection in the urinary tract; and aid against the formation of struvite crystals in the bladder and urethra. It is rich in quercetin (see Blueberry).
Cumin is an amazing spice used for robust warm, rich flavors that has many nutritional benefits. Cumin is rich in iron and has considerable amount of vitamin C, which are essential for a healthy immune system and is believed to keep infections from forming or becoming worse. Thus, it boosts the immune system, and cumin historically is felt to be beneficial for some of the more serious diseases due to immune boost properties for overall health.
It is extremely good for digestion and related problems. The very aroma of cumin, which comes from an aromatic organic compound called Cuminaldehyde, the main component of its essential oil, activates our salivary glands in the mouth, which facilitates the primary digestion of food. Thymol, a compound present in cumin, which stimulates the glands that secrete acids, bile and enzymes responsible for complete digestion of the food in the stomach and the intestines. Cumin is also Carminative, which means that it helps relieves gas troubles and thereby improves digestion and appetite. Due to its essential oils, magnesium, and natural sodium content, cumin promotes digestion. Cumin has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. In testing for human benefits, animals that were tested showed a sharp decline in hypoglycemia when fed cumin seeds in their diet, and they also showed a decrease in glucosuria, which is a condition where the urine contains too much glucose, also resulting in hypoglycemia and diabetes. Because of its essentials oils, it has been believed to have an anti-congestive effect as well as a disinfectant effect and often humans have reported a reduction in mucous.
Cumin has remarkable amount of calcium (more than 900 mg per 100 grams) and is very rich in iron (more than 66 mg. in every 100 grams). Vitamin A is also a key component. The essential oils present in cumin have disinfectant and antifungal properties. It has detoxifying properties as well.
Curcumin’s health benefits include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
- Antioxidant: Curcumin is a strong antioxidant which reduced oxidative damage to the cells and consequently helps to protect cell DNA from harm
- Anti-cancer: one of the major Curcumin benefits is its inhibitive effect on cancer cells. By destroying the blood vessels that feed cancer tumors it prevents or slows their growth. In clinical studies, curcumin extract has been shown to increase the efficacy of many anti-cancer drugs
- Respiratory: Curcumin was reported to have anti-allergic properties! It hampers the inflammatory process occurring in chronic conditions
- Anti-inflammatory: the process of inflammation plays a major role in most chronic illnesses, including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and malignant diseases
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Curcumin can play an important role in the prevention and treatment of various pro-inflammatory chronic diseases. By suppressing the activity of pro-inflammatory mediators, curcumin might help the regulation of several autoimmune disorders:
- Anti-oxidant (anti-aging)
- Anti-Angiogenic (tumor preventing)
- Anti-Apoptotic (preventing cell death i.e. from radiation)
- Anti-Metastatic (inhibits the over-growth of cells)
- Cardiovascular Protection
- Lower LDL (bad) Cholesterol
- Imuno-modulatory (immune system enhancing)
- Neuro-protective (protects the Central Nervous System – CNS)
Flax Seed Meal (Ground)
Ground flax seed contains flax seed oil, which is one of the richest sources of the essential Omega 3 fatty acids (linolenic acid). Flax is a good source of essential amino acids and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs and cats. Flax aids in its anti-inflammatory effect and has been known to help arthritis and has immune boosting properties. Flax seed is also a great fiber source that aids in digestion. Also an excellent source of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids that promote healthy skin and coat.
Garbanzos, also called chickpeas, are an excellent source of protein. It benefits development of the immune system, lecithin (necessary for cell production) and potassium (essential to heart, muscle, nerve and kidney function). They provide magnesium vital to every cell , copper needed for producing and storing iron, and folate vital for DNA production and other bodily functions. Garbanzo beans ,a, contain vitamin A to sustain eye health, the B-complex vitamins that provide many essential nutrients, and vitamin C’s antioxidants, which may prevent, or delay, cell damage. It also adds fiber helping alleviate constipation.
Garbanzos excel in promoting digestive health as three-quarters of the bean’s fiber is insoluble and remains undigested until it reaches the final segment of the large intestine (colon). Garbanzo bean fiber can be metabolized by bacteria in the colon to produce a substantial amount of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), including acetic, propionic, and butyric acid. These are the SCFAs that feed the cells lining the intestinal wall, and a healthy gut helps lower the risk of colon problems, including the risk of colon cancer.
Ginger is a spice that promotes digestive health, stimulates the immune system and is known to help with arthritis. Ginger’s function as a digestive aid for stomach upset and nausea is probably the best known benefit. According to materials written by Steve Marsden, DVM, and Shawn Messonnier, DVM, and Cheryl Yuill, DVM, in PetCareNaturally.com, ginger may play a role in relieving or preventing bloat in dogs due to its ability to stimulate movement in the stomach and accelerate emptying of the stomach. It is a natural anti-inflammatory. Ginger has even shown benefits as a cancer fighter in some studies. There have even been studies of effective treatment of heart worm disease with ginger therapy. Ginger is an amazing anti-flatulent relieving gas and bloating in humans and in pets.
Green Pea Powder
Green peas are small yet mighty and are packed with vitamins, including A, B1, B6, C, and K. Vitamin K can improve bone health. Peas are also high in lutein, an antioxidant nutrient that supports eye, skin, and heart health. Also consider as healthy topper adding some frozen, thawed, or steamed peas to your dog’s food for extra nutrients or as an occasional treat. Live food adds nutrition and interest to food.
Kale is a great food providing so many healthy components. It is a great antioxidant, high in fiber, many use it in cancer prevention added to the diet, calcium, vitamin A, E, C. Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins and phytonutrients. Some research has shown that kale can be effective in helping prevent some forms of cancer, including colon and bladder cancer. Kale is also rich in lutein which supports eye-health. Kale is rich in quercetin (see Blueberry).
Kelp is a recognized food supplement for humans. Now vets and advocates of an holistic approach to pet health recommend it for dogs and other animals. This seaweed is rich in natural salts and minerals like iodine, and it has a number of benefits for your pet’s health. Seaweed is rich in nutrients and trace minerals and can contain sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chlorine, sulfur and phosphorus; the micronutrients include iodine, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, molybdenum, fluoride, manganese, boron, nickel and cobalt.
- Thyroid, Adrenal, Pituitary glands: this superfood of iodine and other minerals in kelp makes it an ideal supplement to keep your pup’s entire glandular system, particularly the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, in healthy working order. Thus, it ensures your dog’s metabolism works efficiently a key factor in maintaining a healthy weight.
- Allergies: Kelp also reduces itchiness in those dogs with skin allergies and improves the overall condition of your dog’s skin and coat.
- General Health: Kelp also supports many of your dog’s other body functions. It cleanses the digestive system and keeps its juices balanced. Because it is high in iron it fortifies the blood, which then helps the heart to pump more efficiently. In older dogs especially, it is recommended for strengthening the immune system, which can protect them from a range of diseases. Also, dogs on kelp supplements are thought to heal faster from surgery, because the amino acids in the seaweed support tissue repair. The Japanese have long maintained that eating seaweed is a source of their longevity.
Kelp is a good source of essential vitamins and minerals (including iodine). It is a good antioxidant and has been thought to be beneficial in helping to protect against cancer.
MSM is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It supplies sulfur to the body which can aid in discomfort in joints and allergies. Sulfur is an essential chemical needed for the synthesis of cartilage. MSM is lost in the storage and preparation of pet food. The amount of MSM in the body decreases with age thus older pets might need additional amounts via supplementation. MSM is found naturally in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, and smaller amounts in legumes, vegetables and fruits.
Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) and their active compounds are commonly recommended to dogs, cats and other pets for:
- Immune system support
- Cardiovascular support and disease
- Cancer prevention and tumor treatment
- Recovery from surgery, chemotherapy, corticosteroid therapy, etc.
- Appetite stimulation
- Hepatic (liver) disease
- Internal parasites
- Yeast infection
- Respiratory conditions
- Demodectic Mange
- Viral infections, including Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia Virus
- Pain relief
- Senior-related disorders
- Antidote for poisonous mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) and their active compounds are commonly recommended to dogs, cats, and horses for:
- Immune system support and stimulation
- Bronchial infections
- Back pain
- Recovery from chemotherapy and radiation
- B-Complex Vitamins: benefit your metabolism by helping your body convert food into energy. B vitamins also help your body make red blood cells, protecting you from developing anemia
- Minerals: magnesium and potassium and phosphorus
- Anti-Tumor Activity: according to Japanese researchers who published a study in “Cancer Science” in 2011, the research team gave a powdered shiitake extract to mice with melanoma and found that their tumors stopped growing. Shiitake extract appears to restore melanoma-reactive T cells, an important aspect of cancer treatment.
“Turkey Tail” (Coriolus versicolor) mushrooms have been studied and benefits are found in:
- Immune system support
- Cancer prevention and tumor treatment
- Cardiovascular support and disease
Research has found results linked to improving digestion, antibacterial properties, and even lowering blood sugar. It has been effective in combination with other mushrooms to often have a diuretic effect.
Much research has been linked to use with cancer conditions and success inhibiting tumor growth.
Parsley is an herb associated with reducing urinary tract inflammation. It aids in digestion and increases kidney function to help rid the body of excessive fluid by increasing urine production. Contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are believed to have antioxidant properties. In cats, Parsley has been used in health treatments because of the vitamins and minerals it supplies, including calcium and iron and Vitamins A, C and E among others. It helps with digestion and to treat anemia and kidney ailments. For cats, the Vet Info website reports, parsley is effective for supporting urinary tract health because of its antifungal and infection-fighting properties. Parsley is an ingredient in many health supplements for cats for those reasons.
For dogs, parsley is a common herb and is extremely safe. It is rich in protein, fiber, and vitamins (A, C, B1, B2, and K). In addition, it also contains trace minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. It has been effectively used to treat dogs for bad breath since it has antimicrobial properties, arthritis with its anti-inflammatory properties, helping with anemia, and in urinary tract issues. The leaves also have antiseptic properties and are helpful in treating urinary tract infections. Since parsley is a diuretic, it is useful in boosting kidney function. In addition, parsley benefits dogs with heart problems because it helps stimulate the kidneys to eliminate the excess fluids in the lungs and/or other organs.
Probiotic – Bacillous Coagulans
Probiotics are live, tiny microorganisms that are taken by mouth to boost the “microbial jungle” that lives inside our intestines. These are “good bacteria” that will enhance or change the type of microbes living in the gut. A healthy gut prevents disease, improves digestion, aids in better nutrient absorption and boosts the immune system.
Normal, “good bacteria” like probiotics are beneficial to us in many ways. Probiotics can improve digestion and can be used to treat diarrhea. These bacteria also can help support the immune system. Adding probiotic supplements to your pet’s diet can slows and eliminate diarrhea, soothe digestive issues brought about by stress or change in diet and can benefit pets that have gastrointestinal ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome.
Pumpkin is a great source of flavor and fiber. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and help promote healthy digestion. It is a great source for digestive health, urinary health, and weight loss. It can also help cats and dogs with indigestion and upset stomachs. Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and thus may even help reduce and aid in the possibility of your pets developing cancer. At the very least it is a great super food. Since dogs especially love the flavor, it is a easy, effective way to help overweight pets lose weight by reducing a small amount of kibble and substituting the same amount of canned pumpkin. It helps them feel full with less calories. It is rich in quercetin (see Blueberry). Pumpkin has great fiber content so it aids in digestion and is very effective helping firm loose stools.
An excellent source of fiber, phytonutrients, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, spinach is naturally packed with antioxidants and has many health benefits. It’s high in iron (with almost twice as much of it as most other sources). Spinach is a particularly good option for your dog since it helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer.
Spirulina is one of the oldest plants on Earth. It is a blue-green algae that grows on the surface of alkaline lakes. Algae has therapeutic as well as nutritional value. Spirulina contains B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, gamma-linolenic acid, iron and protein. Health benefits have been associated with improving immunity and increasing beneficial bacteria in the intestine for digestive health.
Both test-tube studies and animal-based research suggest that spirulina may help to:
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve gastrointestinal health
- Aid in detoxification
- Reduce the rate of cancer
- Help allergies
Sweet Potato (Yam)
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, B vitamins and beta-carotene. They provide phytochemicals and carotenoids; sources of antioxidant agents providing natural protection against free radicals. It adds a great flavor as well and an excellent fiber source. They are used for anti-aging, antioxidants with their wealth of vitamins, and in healing body conditions. They also have Vitamin A, C, B6, and the minerals manganese, copper, and iron. They are clearly a super food. Their high fiber aids occasional loose stools.
Schidigera is a natural extract made entirely from the stem of the Yucca Schidigera Schidiger plant. Supports anti-inflammatory processes in tendons and joint cartilage. It can also aid in treating diabetes, intestinal parasites, soft tissue swelling and arthritis. Yucca also is said to promote circulation through damaged tissue, reducing waste build-up while also helping in the removal of waste from the liver and kidneys. The increased circulation also provides more tissue-repairing nutrients.