What is kelp? Kelp is a seaweed, but “weed” really isn’t the right word for this nutritional powerhouse—kelp is one of the most nutrient-rich plants on earth! It absorbs nutrients from the sea like a veggie absorbs nutrients from the soil. What are just a few of the many benefits of kelp?
- The high fiber content in kelp has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-rheumatic properties for dogs and cats fighting cancer, arthritis, and other illnesses. Kelp contains “fucoidan,” which has been shown in studies to cause cell death, or apoptosis, in cancer cells. On the flip side, kelp proteins help repair and rebuild damaged tissue.
- Kelp is rich in algin and chlorophyll, which contain special fibers that bind to and remove heavy metals and toxins from the body. Chlorophyll is a natural cleanser; studies show that chlorophyll helps reverse many health conditions affecting organs, such as the skin, intestines, and liver.
- The high level of iodine in kelp improves glandular functioning, leading to improved metabolism, which in turn helps pets lose weight and gain energy.
- Kelp helps pets maintain shiny coats and reduces skin irritations and allergies.
- Do you live/walk in flea areas? Use of kelp for 3 weeks and longer can also help your dog repel fleas.
Nautical Dog’s kelp supplements are blended with other unique ingredients, such as blueberries (which have anthocyanins, a powerful anti-oxidant) for overall health, or glucosamine, to help improve or maintain mobility. Kelp digestive blend contains pumpkin to help soothe the intestinal tract and improve regularity :). Kelp prebiotics features prebiotic inulin combined with four strains of probiotics to help maintain intestinal health.
So who needs kelp? Turns out all of our furry friends can benefit from a little “weed”… Seaweed that is.
Sources: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/sea-vegetables-and-their-health-benefits-for-dogs; http://www.ageoldorganics.com/kelp; http://www.doctor-recommended-stress-relief.com/Kelp-Benefits.html; “The Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs.”