by Paul Jacobson: Vondi's Holistic Pet Nutrition
Supplimentation of your pets diet is extremely important. One of my preferred supplements is Spirulina.
Spirulina contains a remarkable combination of:
- vegetable protein,
- vitamins, minerals,
- essential fatty acids, and
- powerful antioxidants.
These vital substances work in synergy to assist in immune enhancement, disease prevention, the promotion of healthy bowel flora and general well-being.
All vitamins and minerals in Spirulina are present as natural, organically-bound complexes. Unlike synthetic combinations of isolated vitamins and minerals, these complexes are easily recognised by the body and are therefore highly bioavailable. Spirulina provides superior nutrition, especially at a time when many commercial foods are becoming increasingly more nutrient depleted.
Spirulina has the highest protein content of any natural food.
Spirulina contains between 65 and 70% protein. This is:
- 270% more protein than fish,
- 334% more than beef and
- 556% more than tofu.
Spirulina also excels with regards to protein quality. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Unlike non-essential amino acids, essential amino acids can not be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from the diet. Spirulina provides all the essential amino acids and is therefore considered a complete protein. With regards to usable protein (as a percentage of the food’s composition), Spirulina is second only to whole, dried eggs.
Protein from Spirulina contains various trace minerals:
- 475% More calcium than whole milk; and
- 5756% more iron than spinach.
- Iron from Spirulina is more than twice as absorbable as the form of iron found in most meats and vegetables.
Spirulina is the best natural iron supplement available and has been shown to correct anemia, increase blood haemoglobin content and increase iron reserves.
In general, Spirulina enhances overall immunity, promotes a healthy gut and overall well- being. Spirulina is an excellent supplement for a healthy skin and lustrous coat. It enhances appetite even for finicky cats. Spirulina fed pets have a fresher breath odor.
In short Spirulina has been shown to:
- Boost Immune System
- Improve Digestion
- Produce healthy skin and lustrous coat
- Improve Appetite (so eat more of your food) * Improve overall well-being and freshen breath
Spirulina is a superfood for both humans and animals.