Some of the most powerful ingredients come from the sea. These potent functional foods do more than provide nutrition; they impart unique and compelling health benefits.
The best way to get any nutrients is from real food, not as a pill or supplement. Functional foods provide beneficial nutrients in their whole food format. It’s also WAY more fun to give your dog a delicious treat instead of a pill or supplement!
Sardines are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA. These unique Omega 3s have many roles and impacts throughout the body.
EPA and DHA have a powerful anti-inflammatory benefit; they can decrease pain and inflammation in joints and improve mobility.
DHA is also critical for growing puppies (and kittens!). DHA helps develop visual acuity and aids in brain development. In fact, DHA is so vital that you will find it as a supplement in human infant formulas!
EPA and DHA also play a key role in skin and coat health. They help build a strong, healthy skin barrier and a shiny, healthy coat. Generous levels of EPA and DHA can even help decrease shedding!
EPA and DHA can also play a role in heart health, treating cardiac disease, and treating cancer. These potent Omega 3s are an essential part of your dog’s nutrition.
Another powerful, functional food from the water is shark cartilage. Long used in many naturopathic remedies, shark cartilage is a rich, pure source of glycosaminoglycans (or GAGs), chondroitin sulphate, and glucosamine.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are regularly prescribed for dogs with arthritis. Glucosamine has an anti-inflammatory benefit; chondroitin slows down the degenerative process. Both glucosamine and chondroitin help rebuild cartilage.
Shark cartilage treats also make fabulous safe dental treats. Many owners give bones for dental health but chewing on bones can break teeth. Cartilage, while still crunchy, is much less dense, making it significantly safer.
Shark cartilage may make you wonder about environmental concerns, rest assured the shark cartilage in dog treats comes from species that are not endangered. The cartilage is from Australia, where sharks are not specifically targeted but rather are an ancillary part of other fishing processes.
Everyone loves giving treats to their furry best friends! Healthy, functional treats like sardines or shark cartilage are an exciting opportunity to spoil your pup with a delicious treat AND give them powerful nutrients to help keep them in optimal health.