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When most people think of algae they don't think of feeding it to their pets. Aquarium enthusiasts do their best to avoid algae, and why would you feed a carnivore such as a dog or cat algae?


Depending on who you ask there are at least 30,000 different types of algae growing all around the world. Edible blue-green algae such as Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) has been a food source for thousands of years. Native Americans knew the health benefits of blue-green algae. Dried and stored, they used it year round.


Spirulina grows in alkaline warm water lakes on every continent and often in close proximity to volcanoes. The largest concentrations of Spirulina can be food at Lake Texcoco in Mexico and Lake Chad in central Africa.


Spirulina is a high source of low fat, low calorie, low cholesterol protein (65%) along with vitamins A1, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, and E, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, antioxidants, 62% amino acids and many trace minerals such as manganese, zinc, iron, copper , and selenium. It's sometimes referred to as a Superfood and rightfully so.


There have been studies on Spirulina that suggest not only is it highly nutritious but also has other health benefits. Cats, dogs, horses, aquarium fish, birds, and even reptiles can improve their health by incorporating Spirulina into their diets.


As pet guardians we all want our pets to live happy, healthy lives. We worry about diseases and try our best to protect our pets. That's where Spirulina comes into play. Spirulina can help boost the immune system by increasing the production of antibodies and other cells that help to fight off various infections and diseases such as cancer. Studies, both test tube and animal based, have not only shown to increase the production of macrophages (type of white blood cell) but to cause them to become activated which in turn makes them more effective at killing germs. An animal with a strong immune system can more easily fight off illness.


Spirulina, which contains chlorophyll, has also been used for natural detoxification and cleansing. Chlorophyll is widely known for its detoxification abilities. It was used on 270 children after the Chernobyl disaster and reduced the presence of radionucleides by 50%. Every living being including ourselves and our pets are subjected to toxins through water, air, food and prescribed drugs. Keeping our pets free from toxins should be high on our priority list as pet guardians.


It's also good for the gut. Research has shown that Spirulina inhibits bad bacteria such as E. coli and Candida yeast while stimulating good flora such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. One of the main components to a good immune system is a healthy gastrointestinal tract.


Many of our pets can suffer from allergies. The main symptoms in both cats and dogs are runny itchy eyes, itchy skin/increased scratching, and chewing/licking the paws. The anti-inflammatory properties in Spirulina block the release of histamines (a chemical found in and released by Mast Cells). Spirulina contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which helps both cats and dogs with allergy issues and prevents inflammatory health conditions, especially skin diseases.


Let's face it cancer is a scary word. So scary people just refer to it as “The Big C”. Spirulina contains antioxidant nutrients which fight free radicals (damaged cells that can be problematic). Major antioxidant vitamins are beta carotene (provitamin A), C and E. Antioxidant minerals include selenium, zinc, manganese, copper, iron and chromium. Spirulina contains all of these vitamins and minerals!




Spirulina most commonly comes in powdered and capsules form. As always find a good reputable source preferably organic. Sprinkle some on your pets food and see the amazing results!


All posts with Blog Post in the title are blog posts I wrote for another website.
 

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Just wondering where the best place is to pick up some of these herbs you are suggesting in your blog writings, health food store, a web sight ??
 

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