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She belongs to the class of cyanobacteria, lives in salt lakes with hot, alkaline waters with a pH higher than 6, and is a blue-gree form of algae. Have you guessed her name already? Spirulina (Spirulina maxima) – in spite of her name and her microalgae's characteristics, which could be misleading – is a real superhero of the body, due to her nutritious contents.
The spirulina that received SANYpet's call to help cats and dogs is strictly organic.
Like an arsenal of weapons ready to be used, spirulina possesses essential amino acids and non-essential proteins, B vitamins, and vitamins C, D, E, carbohydrates and flavonoids. In particular her tocopherols – which are a component of vitamin E – and carotenoids, are known for their antioxidant activity.
These properties make spirulina a superhero of restricted calorie diets as a natural supplement of functional amino acids and as an excellent source of proteins and minerals able to fight malnutrition.
Nutritious and light, spirulina works for dogs with weight disorders, completing the nutritional deficiencies of low-calorie foods. It also is an intestinal and hepatic antioxidant; furthermore, according to a Californian study, she stimulates the immune system and treats anemia.
Where to find her
She'll be checking the weight of your dog and your cat from our FORZA10 Active Weight Control, which is perfect to help them recover their ideal weight. Given her characteristics, spirulina makes herself useful into our line of treats too, especially in the healthy and light Organic Diet Delights.
We will have to fly with the mind to far away places, in order to know and remember the feats of Spirulina and to learn more of this Phyto Superhero.
In the 1960s French researchers met Spirulina in the placid waters of Texcoco Lake in Mexico, where she slumbers telling us stories from more than 500 years ago. The Aztecs and other civilizations of Central America used her every day, as a primary source of food. The famed Spanish conquistador Cortés quotes spirulina in his diaries, describing how she was sold as a cake and called tecuilatl by the Aztecs.
Without hesitation or nostalgia, we continue our journey through space and time to Africa. This time we find Spirulina in the waters of the Kossorom Lake, in Chad, where the Kanembu tribe, after having filtered and dried her, made a food called dihè, as well as a vegetable soup called souce.