The mixture of ingredients in Essential Greens were all put together with thought and consideration for the health of your four-legged friends. Some of the ingredients from the sea are of special benefit, all from Mother Nature! And a little goes a long way! A daily sprinkling of Essential Greens contains the following ingredients from the sea, as well as other nutrients.
This algae is also 60% protein. It is high in GLA (Gamma Linolenic acid), which is an essential fatty acid. GLA is an anti-inflammatory and is believed to inhibit the growth of certain cancers.
Spirulina contains vitamin C, B complex, and E, carotenoids, chlorophyll (which helps purify the blood), and phycocyanin. It is a highly digestible food and nutrient dense, and is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system. It is especially beneficial for older dogs – it can help slow down aging and is believed to help prevent cancer. It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties; therefore, it is good for different kinds of inflammations that frequently occur in dogs, such as skin problems (e.g. atopic dermatitis, eczema, etc.), arthritis, colitis, IBD, etc.
As spirulina is a rich source of essential fatty acids, it promotes healthy skin and coat. Since the protein source from spirulina can be easily and readily absorbed into the blood stream without the body having to work too hard, spirulina is perfect for sick dogs and dogs who are suffering from appetite loss. Feeding older dogs spirulina can also help support their aging eyes and lower their chances of developing cataracts and glaucoma. Finally, if your dog has the habit of eating grass, spirulina can stop this habit effectively!
Kelp is another ingredient from the sea with numerous health benefits, one of which (along with Spirulina) is to help keep breath fresh and reduce inflammation of the gums. Other benefits of this brown marine plant is that it is high in minerals and contains vitamins A, B, E, D and K. It also contains sodium alginate (algin), which helps remove heavy metals from the dogs system. Kelp is a good source of iodine that helps promote thyroid function and can benefit animals who suffer from hypothyroidism and balancing glandular functioning.
Kelp can help maintain a shiny and healthy skin and coat in dogs. Dogs with dry skin, skin allergies and alopecia (hair loss) can benefit from eating kelp. After a diet that includes kelp for at least six months, these animals will often have shiny, thick coats. Their skin problems can improve; dryness and itchiness can also reduce.
The protein content in kelp is effectively used to manage tissue repair in dogs, and as a bonus, fleas are not as attracted to dogs that eat kelp!
The iodine in kelp can help to better manage dogs’ weight by improving their metabolism. Experience shows that with improved metabolism due to better glandular functioning, the overall health of dogs on kelp improves, their energy increases and they suffer from few infections. The high fiber content in kelp has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-rheumatic properties that benefit our pets too!