According to Wikipedia, spirulina is “a biomass of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that can be consumed by humans and animals”.
It’s bacteria but a good bacteria. That’s why it’s become part of my spirulina dog treats recipe available from the dog treat baking mixes area of my shop.
Nutrients in spirulina
Spirulina was a much valued food source of the Aztecs. Today it’s considered a true superfood for both dogs and humans. It contains a list of nutrients nearly as long as your arm which includes chlorophyll, the pigment that gives plants their green colour.
Present in most green vegetables, chlorophyll is beneficial for wound healing and useful in fighting cancer. Spinach and alfalfa are rich in chlorophyll, as are wheatgrass and of course spirulina.
Richer in nutrients and higher in protein than kelp, spirulina is also rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9 which is also known as folate or naturally occurring folic acid. It’s also a valuable source of vitamins C, E, and K together with manganese, sodium and iron.
Benefits of spirulina
As already mentioned, spirulina can help fight cancer as well as helping with wound healing. In particular though, it can help strengthen a dog’s immune system, boost energy levels, cleanse the body of toxins and improve skin and coat condition.
I would recommend it for detoxing your dog’s body.