The Benefits of Herbs and Spices for dogs
When you buy a complete and balanced pet food, it is formulated to FEDIAF European guidelines. These guidelines are a good starting point for covering base nutritional needs, however the addition of herbs and spices mimic the more natural ancestral composition of diet.
Every Different Dog recipe contains delicious herbs, and a number of other spices and superfoods, like chia seeds, kelp and turmeric.
Herbs and spices are full of antioxidants and polyphenols. The green chlorophyll in herbs act as a powerful antioxidant, promoting of excretion of toxins internally and externally. They also support in alkalising the body and can be used medicinally.
Adding herbs to your pet’s food can also provide fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. Just 2 teaspoons of dried basil contains and much calcium as a glass of milk!
Herbs can also bring a variety of taste experiences to your dog. Just like humans, dogs have preferences when it comes to flavours and tastes, so diversity is key to supporting optimal health and keeping your dog happy and interested in their food.
A selection of the herbs & spices we use in our food:
Coriander– a wonderful digestive aid, this herb works as an antispasmodic to help soothe the digestive tract. It is also useful for support in urinary tract infections.
Mint– with one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food, mint also contains anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid which has been used for animals showing symptoms of seasonal allergies. Its anti-microbial properties are also great for maintaining oral health.
Parsley– has many impressive health benefits due to its antioxidant, flavonoids and phenolic compounds. Packed with vitamins A, C and K it is great for inflammatory issues, anaemia, kidney stones, acid reflux, skin issues and bad breath.
Kelp– Sea kelp is a natural source of vitamin A, B1, B2, C, D and E and minerals zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, and calcium. It is beneficial in supporting healthy thyroid function, hair growth and has antiaging properties.
Turmeric– In the world of superfoods, Turmeric is certainly one of the most amazing. Curcumin which is in Turmeric has many incredible benefits such as anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. As well as being a potent antioxidant which can slow down ageing. Pair this with a healthy oil to increase its absorption.
This is just a few of the herbs & spices we use to make our dinners that extra bit special!