The word ‘superfood’ is everywhere these days. Aisles of the grocery shops, health stores and even in beauty products. In a health-conscious era, superfoods are the modern craze. But what about our precious pups? Are superfoods really beneficial for dogs and how can you add superfoods into your dog’s diet?
Let’s get our paws digging into superfoods.
What is a Superfood?
At first glance, you might think a superfood wears a cape and fights crime - a hero amongst the crowd of ordinary vegetables. On a more serious note, highly nutritious foods are the ones generally promoted to the coveted superfood status. The term, Superfood, is granted when it offers exceptional nutrient density. Often linked to illness prevention and a wide range of health benefits, these foods are a powerhouse of nutrition.
While there are many different superfoods, the best possess three of these four components:
- Good source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other essential nutrients.
- High in antioxidant and phytonutrients compounds, such as vitamin A, C, E, and D, as well as beta carotene.
- May help lower the risk of chronic diseases and other health conditions.
You might even find foods in your kitchen that have super status. For example, salmon, broccoli or blueberries, which are rich in compounds such as antioxidants, fiber, and fatty acids.
But what about dogs? Can superfoods transition to the fluffy world of dog feeding?
Superfoods & Dogs
The answer is, yes! Superfoods - in correct amounts - are a great addition to your dog’s diet. If you study the ingredients, you might even find some in their food. However, every dog is different - breed, age or lifestyle - and many pawrents want to provide additional dietary support, such as supplements.
At Active Chews, our specially formulated supplements for dogs are packed with ingredients proven to support their health and wellbeing. Our recipes include powerful superfoods, so your canine companions can enjoy every tail-wagging moment.
Here’s why Active Chews are super…
Super Active Chews
Let’s jump into our super chews and the superfood ingredients inside!
First up is marshmallow root. Marshmallows might be synonymous with roasting s’mores over a campfire. But marshmallow root is a herbal medicine that has been used for thousands of years and is recorded to go back as far as ancient Egyptian times.
Marshmallow Root is one of the safest and most versatile herbs for dogs. Here's why:
- Diuretic – removes water from the body
- Antimicrobial – stops growth of viruses, bacteria and fungi
- Anti-inflammatory – lowers itchiness, redness and swelling from inflammation
- Expectorant – helps expel mucus from the respiratory tract
- Hypoglycemic – lowers blood sugar
- Immunostimulant – boosts the immune system’s ability to fight disease
Pretty pawsome right?
Our Bladder Active Chew includes 75mg of organic marshmallow root, to support your dog with a better bathroom break and beyond. Find out more about our bladder chews.
Turmeric is a naturally-grown plant part of the ginger 'family'. This superfood has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You’ll find 150mg of organic turmeric inside our Hip & Joint Active Chew.
Supporting mobility and cushioned joints, turmeric is also associated with many health benefits for dogs including:
- Maintaining pain associated to joints issues and arthritis
- Reducing blood clots due to its blood thinning properties
- Break down dietary fats - helping irritable bowel diseases
In addition to treating joint issues, turmeric can also support dogs suffering from digestive issues, as it stimulates the production of bile in the liver that helps break food down quicker, enabling your dog to feel more comfortable after eating.
Our Hip & Joint chews help make playtime fun again, promoting easeful movement, greater flexibility and increased shock absorption - here’s more on our Hip & Joint chew.
Psyllium husk is a naturally occurring, plant-derived ingredient. It's best known for its potential to improve constipation. Our Probiotic Active Chews contains psyllium husk, to help support bowel movement and a happy tummy.
This superfood is beneficial for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel disease-ulcerative colitis
- Colon cancer
- Diabetes and hypercholesterolemia
Veterinarians normally recommend psyllium for dogs to treat digestion issues including constipation and very runny diarrhea. Looking for pawfect poops for your dog? Take a look at our Probiotic Active Chew.
At Active Chews HQ, we do not cook or heat any of our ingredients and therefore we provide 100% potency for the dosages for our dog supplements.
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We recommend discussing the use of supplements with your vet first.
Please note: A supplement is just that, a supplement. It is given in addition to their regular food.