Nutritionists - both the human and animal variety - have concluded that natural foods are generally much better for us than heavily processed foods. But even among natural foods, not all nutrition is created equal.
If you haven't heard this term before, a superfood is a food which is very nutritionally dense, and contains a higher proportion of beneficial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals than other foods, so you get more healthy nutrition out of every bite.
Even better, not only can humans benefit from a diet rich in superfoods, but dogs can, too!
You're probably already familiar with many of these amazing foods, like:
-Leafy greens like kale, parsley, and broccoli, that are packed with so many essential minerals like calcium, vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium for organ function and strong bones that they reduce the chances of some canine cancers by as much as 80%
-Berries and fruits such as blackberry, pineapple, and strawberries which are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins C and K to promote immune health and fight the effects of aging for a longer, healthier life
-Root vegetables and squash like pumpkin, sweet potato, and carrots that contain huge amounts of fiber to improve digestion and maximize the nutrition your dog gets from their meals, and beta carotene to protect coat health and vision
Feeding your dog a diet which includes plenty of superfoods like these, raw or lightly cooked to retain their natural nutritional benefits, is a great, easy, and delicious way to protect your dog from many potential health problems.
Every meal and snack that your dog eats is a chance to provide the essential nutrients they need to be healthy. The next time you're mixing up your dog's meal, try chopping up one of two of these raw superfoods into their dish for a boost of vital nutrition, or serve them alone as a special treat.
That's why the veterinarians who helped to formulate Canine Sciences products included multiple healthy superfood ingredients in each, like the blackberry, sweet potato, and kale in our doggie favorites Nutrient Heaven Freeze-Dried Duck Delights, or the carrot, kelp, and parsley in our Radiant Canine Full-Spectrum Dog Nutritional Supplement.
As an added benefit, crunchy veggie superfoods like carrots, zucchini, or cucumber served raw also help clean your dog's teeth while they chomp, for stronger teeth and better breath in addition to better nutrition!
Another fun way to introduce superfoods to your dog's diet, is with frozen smoothies! If you blend up some superfoods, portion them into ice trays (or pour into a food toy!), and freeze, those cool and crunchy treats will keep your dog occupied as they nibble, provide tasty nutrition, keep them cool on a hot day, and even soothe the pain from puppy teething!