Updated: May 25, 2022
Everything's better, down where it’s wet-er!
Hello friends! My name is Addison and I have the privilege of being a part of the talented NGPW team. My realm is the business area, but in my time here I have started to absorb some of the nutritional genius from our resident pet experts.
I was doing some research on our supplement’s ingredients the other day when I came across the incredible benefits kelp has to offer. I was FLOORED. Samantha noticed my reaction and right away said - that’s a blog post. So here we are!
Now, I bet you’re wondering what kelp even is in a dog's diet… Is it fat? Is it a legume? Is it a starch? Well here’s your answer: Kelp is algae and a complex carbohydrate. Interestingly enough, this seaweed is not even considered a plant because it doesn’t have roots. Crazy right? Keep reading though because there’s so much more to know about kelp.
Kelp has 21 amino acids making it roughly 25% protein. Each amino acid does something different, so having 20+ means a well-varied source of protein in your dog's diet. Remember protein isn’t just about building strong muscles for zoomies, it also helps repair other tissues like joint cartilage, the lining of lungs, and neurons.
Kelp's slimy-leafy-stalk also makes it an easy-to-digest source of fiber. NGPW is very big on gut health, so I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t stress the importance of fiber in supporting the growth, diversity, and activity of microbial bacteria. Simply put: healthy gut = healthy mutt!
If there’s one thing you should know about this superfood of the sea it’s that it is super rich in iodine. This matters because iodine regulates activity in the thyroid gland, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands. These glands are responsible for making and sending hormones to where they’re needed in the body. Those hormones influence your dog's growth, energy, stress, weight, and mood. As you can see, iodine can have a huge impact on your dog's overall health.
This blog post could go on forever with all the amazing research out there touting the benefits of kelp. Here’s a bonus list below of everything that kelp can do! Please message us, like this post, or comment if you would like us to dive in deeper.
By the way, did you that our supplement contains wild harvested kelp? Well it does! Go ahead and add a bag to your cart now!
BONUS BENEFITS OF KELP:
Kelp is rich in Vitamins A, B12, C, and E
Helps soothe itchy skin and reduce hair loss
Kelp contains alginic acid which reduces tatar buildup and dental plaque