A micro-algae, currently marketed everywhere as “super food” even if its history is as old as the story of the appearance of life on earth.
Spirulina, like all plants in the world, grows through photosynthesis and therefore contains chlorophyll but, unlike other plants, contains no trace of cellulose – which makes it more accessible to our carnivores: its cells burst immediately on contact gastric juices and thus make possible the assimilation of minerals, trace elements, amino acids and other nutrients.
Initially only grown in distant countries, there are now a multitude of “spirulina farms” in France and Greece and, as its cultivation requires neither fertilizers nor pesticides, it is a naturally healthy crop (and interesting ecological point of view).
Once harvested, it is dried in the sun, dehydrated and crushed into flakes.
It can be obtained in this form or in the form of tablets or capsules for those who would not appreciate its special taste of seaweed – my own dogs in any case have never complained of the taste it gives to their bowl (mine is in glitter) and, personally, I love
A number of studies report its ability to prevent viral replication and to strengthen all the mechanisms of the immune system, see to inhibit certain types of cancer in animals(phycocyanin – 15% of the total weight of spirulina – plays an important role in the production of red and white blood cells).
In addition, it allows a quick and efficient evacuation of carbon dioxin and lactic acid – which leads to both an increase in energy and promotes better post-exercise physical recovery especially spirulina for dogs.
It contains vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 – folic acid – and even the precious vitamin B12).
However, the majority (if not all) of this vitamin B12 is inactive and can not be assimilated by mammals (therefore unattractive for vegetarians and vegan HUMANS).
It also contains enzymes that protect against bacteria and viruses and has an anti-inflammatory and analgesic action (via the anthraquinone it contains) .
It contains minerals and trace elements such as phosphorus, magnesium (much richer than the wheat germ that is supposed to hold the record magnesium) , iron (it is much richer in iron than spinach) , zinc, lithium, calcium, potassium carbonate, sodium, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, copper, chromium and chlorine.
It also contains silicic acid which is antibacterial.
As if all these qualities were not enough, it is also rich in essential fatty acids and contributes to a regeneration of the epidermis.
Its richness in beta-carotene and other antioxidants makes it a food of choice to fight against free radicals responsible for aging and reduce cramps and aches.
In short, it is ideal for
- boosting energy and increasing the stamina of all dogs and, specifically, sports dogs subjected to intense physical effort
- contribute to maintaining the health of the skin, claws and hair
- reduce intestinal infections (it helps to reduce bad bacteria and stimulate the proliferation of good bacteria) . A good intestinal flora is essential to the health of our dogs and can solve many of the concerns treated as symptoms.
- strengthen immune defenses
- freshen the breath
- decrease allergies
- fight against aging.