By definition, a superfood is a food considered exceptionally good for one’s health and for boosting the immune system owing to its naturally high content of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, or omega-3 fatty acids. In a nutshell, they’re items you — and your pets — can feel good about eating on a regular basis. Read on to learn more about a few of the superfoods found in Primal Pet Foods completed, balanced raw pet food formulas.
1. Organic Kale
As a deliciously crunchy leafy vegetable, kale is a fantastic source of vitamins A and K while also offering a huge amount of antioxidants. These will help cleanse your dog’s digestive system and shield his body from potential damage caused by free radicals. In human language, this means kale possesses many vitamins your body can’t make on its own, and also boasts anti-inflammatory properties.
Want your pet to experience the many wonders of kale? Try our Canine Lamb Formula (and many of our other formulas) which includes organic kale!
2. Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder
Quinoa is beloved by vegan bodybuilders because it is the only plant-based source of highly-digestible and complete proteins. Dogs, especially active ones, need a lot of proteins in their diet — proteins derived from high quality sources. Sprouted quinoa is higher in protein while remaining low in carbohydrates. It also packs a great amount of iron, which is great for the brain function. At Primal Pet Foods, we use a proprietary blend of Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder that has higher B Vitamin levels — a component that is extremely beneficial for skin and coat health.
3. Wild-caught Sardines
Sardines have a large amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, which are all linked to superior brain health in dogs. Ideally, you want to remove the bones before feeding, or buy fresh sardine-based prepared food. Additionally, selenium is a powerful antioxidant that functions in harmony with Vitamin E and certain enzymes to protect cells. And guess what? Sardines are a top source of highly-digestible selenium! Just like many humans, dogs are omnivorous — a fact we often forget about. Although meat is a wonderful source of protein, make sure to mix it up so your pet has a complete, balanced diet.
Ready to add some variety to your pet’s diet? Try our Sardine Grind — it’s made of 100% whole sardines.
4. Organic Coconut Oil
Fats and oils in general tend to have a bad reputation. While it is obvious that a high consumption of anything for your dog is never a good thing, consider the quality of a fat before dismissing it completely. There are both good and bad fats, and coconut oil happens to be contain an immense amount of the good fatty acids. Healthy fats, scientifically coined as medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), make up 60% of coconut oil — 90% of the fat in coconut oil is healthy saturated fat. Because dogs’ livers can break these molecules down very easily, they are used as fuel rather than stored as body fat.
Our Freeze-Dried Canine Venison Formula (and many of our other formulas) contains a great amount of Organic Coconut Oil and Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder making it a winning combo.
5. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
As a pet owner, you know there are always those times when your pet isn’t feeling his best but it’s not serious enough to go to the vet. Instead of popping unnecessary pills, let your pet enjoy the antibacterial properties and pH balancing acidity of apple cider vinegar. It is soothing, relaxing, and extremely effective against infections, colds — even bad breath!
All Primal formulas incorporate organic apple cider vinegar, including our popular Canine Pronto Chicken Formula.
Superfoods are not a one-time magical supplement that will make your dog invincible. These edible wonders must be incorporated into your dog’s daily routine as part of a complete, balanced diet. We know that it’s not always easy with our busy lives to buy the right super ingredients and prepare them for your pet on your own — so we make sure we add all of them (and more!) in our various recipes.