Rosehip powder is a powerful addition to our pet’s diet as it has many reported health benefits. Like hemp seeds, rosehip contains essential fatty acids, or omegas 3 and 6, which are important additions to the diet and can offer a range of health benefits. They are most widely attributed to reducing inflammation in the body, including joint pain, but also assist with immune health and skin conditions.
A key benefit of rosehip is its incredibly high concentration of vitamin C; far more than oranges. Rosehip powder is especially high in vitamin C as much of it is contained in the husk, rather than the fruit, so it is not extracted when producing rosehip oil (often vitamin C is added to rosehip oils). Vitamin C is an extremely potent immune support supplement that can also reduce inflammation in the body.
In addition to its high levels of vitamin C, rosehip is packed with other antioxidants, like vitamin A (beta-carotene) and lycopene. Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that have disease fighting properties and may help prevent diseases related to oxidation in the body, such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis. Several studies on the effects of rosehip have shown significant improvements in the symptoms of arthritis.
As a binding agent and flavour enhancer, bananas are an excellent choice. They are dog safe and contain quite a few vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are particularly high in potassium, as well a vitamin B6, manganese, copper, magnesium and vitamin C. They are a good source of fibre, without being an allergen or causing upset tummies, like a lot of common sources of fibre may for dogs. The potassium in bananas is good for heart health, while the fibre aids digestion. They also contain a good dose of tryptophan, which is a precursor to the production of both serotonin (the happy hormone) and melatonin (the sleep hormone). This means they may also assist with the good management of stress and mood
Organic oats, blitzed
For a cereal/grain, oats are quite high in protein and fat. Their make up is approximately 66% carbohydrates, 17% protein, 7% fat and 11% fibre. They are also high in antioxidants and a range of vitamins and minerals. The carbohydrate content in oats is mostly starch, which is generally not a recommended food for dogs, however, the starch in oats is roughly half slowly digestible starch and resistant starch. Slowly digestible starch assists with regulating blood sugar and assist food to move through the digestive system at optimum speed. Resistant starch passes through the digestive tract undigested and is vital to the maintenance of a healthy gut. Resistant starch is a prebiotic food, which means it feeds the probiotics or “good bacteria” in the gut microbiome and assist to maintain the balance of good to bad gut bacteria, which in turn supports all aspects of our pet’s health. This means that oats can be considered a digestive aid to calm the intestinal tract, and a gut health aid when fed in conjunction with probiotics or probiotic foods.
Oats bridge the gap between food and herb and are known as a “nervine”, which is a herbal compound affecting the nerves. This means oats are commonly used in herbalism to treat nervous disorders and can be considered a useful wholefood tool when dealing with issues like anxiety in dogs.
Oats are high in many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, particularly vitamin B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), folate, selenium, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, copper, iron, molybdenum and magnesium.
Organic produce is always preferable as it reduced the toxic load on the body and the environment. Blitzing the oats to a flour is an excellent way to make them more easily digested and increase the availability of the nutrients they contain.