Nutritional Value of Spirulina
Spirulina contains 60 to 70% complete protein by weight - That’s more protein than beef, chicken or soybeans!
What's more, the protein is biologically complete, i.e. it has all the essential amino acids which can readily be absorbed into the dog's blood stream.
It is rich in iodine and trace minerals (including selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese).
Spirulina also contains B vitamins (especially B12), and vitamin K.
It is one of the best sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
It is also rich in phytopigments (chlorophyll, carotenoids, phycocyanin).
Spirulina is low in carbohydrates (15-20%).
Health Benefits for Dogs
Spirulina is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system. It is especially beneficial for older dogs - it can help slow down aging and 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!
Spirulina Recipes for Dogs
Are you and your dog(s) reaping the benefits of spirulina? How do you add this green powder to your dog's diet?
My dog Hana is not a picky eater, so I can just sprinkle the powder on her food, or mix the green powder with a bit of yogurt and give it to her as a treat. She seems to enjoy the taste.
You can also try these recipes:
- Green Sweet Yogurt
Mix 2 tablespoons of raw honey, 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of spirulina with some plain yogurt. Use it as a topper on your dog's food or give it to your dog as a healthy treat.
- Banana n Pumpkin Seed Balls
Coarsely grind 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds, and mash 2 bananas. Add seeds to mashed banana; mix well. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon spirulina. Mix and make into balls. Chill in the refrigerator.
> Spirulina has been found to stimulate natural T-cells (killer cells) and enhance the immune system, so that the body is stronger to fight cancer cells. So yes, spirulina may be used as a supplement to help dogs with cancer. Naturally, depending on the type of cancer the dog has, other treatments (conventional and/or alternative) may also be needed. Since spirulina is nutritious and good for the body, there is no harm to give it to dogs with cancer, I think.