Featured Dog Food Ingredient of the Month: Chicory Root

Since the days of Ancient Rome, health conscious humans have utilized the roots of a bright blue flower from the plant Cichorium intybus, otherwise known as chicory, to bolster their digestive systems.

Within the last few decades, the same gastrointestinal wunderkind has made the jump to dog food. This prebiotic is known for its ability to enhance the intricate and complex systems of our canine companions.

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Featured Horse Food Ingredient of the Month: Diatomaceous

Diatomaceous earth

Long hidden in sedimentary mineral rock lurks one of the world’s most beloved health supplements: Diatomaceous.

Nicknamed the ‘grass of the sea’, it’s a 30 million year old silica-rich powder derived diatom remains. In fact, the word Diatomaceous translates to “full of diatoms”. In this case, a microscopic, uni-celled oceanic algae with a honeycomb structures surrounded by a silicon exoskeleton.

Its addition to a horse’s diet can have marked internal external health improvements. From skin and hair to cholesterol and bones, this super food works overtime to optimize health.

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Featured Dog Food Ingredient of the Month: Yucca

yucca plant dog food ingredient

More than 40 species, all similar in anatomy, make up the members of the yucca family.

Hailing from arid regions of the US, Mexico, and Latin America, this root vegetable has been an important source of food and medicine for centuries. Its also a powerhouse of essential vitamins, minerals and plant-based nutrients. The closer researchers study this starchy, tuberous root the more health benefits they’re unearthing.

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Featured Dog Food Ingredient of the Month: Flaxseed

flaxseed

6,000 years ago, the word ‘superfood’ was nonexistent.

Still, Flaxseed stood out as a nutrient-packed dietary staple– a key crop that was widely cultivated and revered among ancient civilizations in the Middle East.

Today, it’s used all over the world and widely associated with a host of health benefits from weight loss and healthy hair all the way up to reducing certain types of cancer. And this isn’t just true of humans!

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Featured Horse Food Ingredient of the Month: Alfalfa

alfalfa featured horse food ingredient

Some in the equestrian world refer to Alfalfa as the filet mignon of horse feed. Not only is it super protein rich, equine can’t get enough of the taste, making it an ideal ingredient for picky eaters and “hard keepers”.

This nutritious leafy legume forage is also loaded with calcium and rich in B vitamins, Vitamin K, as well as Beta Carotene. Alfalfa also boasts 16 different Amino Acids, including essential amino acids Methionine and Lysine that help provide a very bioavailable source of nutrients.

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Featured Dog Food Ingredient of the Month: Sorghum (Milo)

sorghum crop pet food

The wide variety of uses for Sorghum, its high-energy, and strong yield makes this 8,000 year-old drought resistant crop a world-wide staple among many diets both animal and human.

Perhaps that has to do in part with the steady rise of food allergies and intolerances. The U.S. market for gluten-free products is already valued at roughly $1.7 billion and projected to grow an additional $22 billion by the year 2020. All of which make this gluten-free grain all the more appealing.

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