Want to increase the protein and Omega fatty acid content of your dog’s mealtime? Think super foods. Think seeds. The protein and healthy fatty acids found in some seeds can support healthy skin and coat, even brain health! They’re grain-free, gluten-free, and carry alot of health benefits. Always look for organic and be sure to mill them into a powder for increased absorption. It does not take much. Milling together the four seeds listed below is a great way to boost your dog’s nutrient intake. Just a little sprinkle into their mealtime, simple! These history behind these seeds is quite interesting, some date back 5,000 years.
Flax has a history dating back to the late Stone Age lake dwellers in what is now Switzerland. Flax was cultivated in Babylon around 5,000 B.C., making it one of mankind’s earliest food supplies, and it was revered by the Grecians. Flaxseeds contain up to 40% oil, primarily Omegas-3 and 6 (linolenic and linoleic acids), which are vitally important for strengthening immunity. Fats are required for maintenance and growth of many tissues in the body. They are necessary for good health, and these Omega fatty acids come from a healthy source.
Amaranth is a seed the size of the period at the end of this sentence. The most notable nutritional quality of amaranth is its high protein content. With a protein composition of 15%, the Greek interpret this high quality protein as “Everlasting”. Domesticated more than 5,000 years ago in Mexico, amaranth was once the sacred food of the Aztecs. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has encouraged amaranth’s use since 1967 because wherever amaranth is consumed there is little or no malnutrition. Amaranth is extraordinarily nutritious, higher than milk in both calcium and protein, and is a complete protein. Amaranth is also a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids and contains vitamin E in similar amounts to olive oil. Further, vitamin E helps improve the texture of the dog’s coat and skin and can also help support the immune system.
Sometimes referred to as the “Aztec superfood”, chia was long prized as an endurance food by Native Americans. We now know that chia, next to flaxseed, is the highest source of Omega-3 fatty acids and typically contains 17% protein.
Native to the high valleys of the Andes, is actually a seed revered by the Incas. Next to amaranth, quinoa has the highest protein at 15%, and contains more calcium than milk, which is important for healthy bones and teeth. The World Health Organization reports quinoa is at least equal to milk in protein quality.
Wonder Dog Superfoods uses only human grade ingredients. Our seeds and legumes are organic and ground to a fine powder to increase absortion of those powerful nutrients found in whole foods.