Spirulina is a microscopic alga, shaped like a perfect spiral. It contains one of the highest amounts of veggie proteins, vitamins, minerals, and essential, but rare fatty acid GLA. It is also high in antioxidants, contains phytonutrients, vitamins, and is rich in essential oils. This all helps to maintain a glossy coat and healthy skin in dogs. Spirulina consists of the following:
- B1, 2 & 3
- Iron & trace minerals
- Essential fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid)
- Phycocyanin (phytonutrient)
- Sulfolipids (phytonutrient)
- Polysaccharides (phytonutrient)
- Vitamin K (may cause blood to clot)
Phytonutrients help to strengthen the immune system in dogs, help fights autoimmune disease, cancer, and may also help to reduce the chances of bacterial and fungal infection in dogs. With these powerful antioxidant properties, it’s no wonder that it is so popular! All the vitamins, minerals, veggie proteins, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants work together to optimize immune health, healthy gut flora, disease prevention, and well-being in dogs. Additionally, chlorophyll aids in detoxification and cleansing from heavy metals and contaminants. It also may safeguard dogs against allergies.
A 2010 study demonstrates that spirulina is also an antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory. “The anti-inflammatory properties of spirulina may be attributed to inhibition of COX-2 activity or due to the ability to scavenge free radicals. Spirulina has also been shown to enhance innate and adaptive immunity. Immolina, a high molecular weight extract of spirulina, has been shownin vitro to be a potent activator of NF-kappa-B in monocytes/macrophages leading to increased IL-1β and TNF-α,” via Plos One.1.