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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    My fish like it ! Especially the catfish

    Not really a superfood as such.... but i've seen Cod liver oil turn my mates Ridgeback's coat into a smooth shiny coat that feels amazing to touch. A teaspoon or 2 on every evening meal. He swore by the stuff.


    I'm suss on the whole super food thing. I've been sprinkling Chia seeds on my weeties for weeks now and still no 6 pack abs.
    Hahahaha love the signature... Yeah they may seem airy fairy to the average joe, who's probably thinking maccas is an 'okay' meal, truth of the matter is whilst a lot of the supps aren't perfectly made and are most likely processed, it still gives your body SOMETHING to use and nourish your body... unlike macdonalds which is completely void of any nutritional value what so ever!

    I'm a bodybuilder and a singer, and Im not someone who gets sick.. I put a lot of it down to taking the supps I take, especially those for vocal health. If I do get sick, I take more things like zinc and echinacea, and before I know it, I'm better again. There is science to it, however I'm not a detail person, so anyone wanting proof can go and ask the mighty Google!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogman View Post
    The U.S. National Library of Medicine said that spirulina was no better than milk or meat as a protein source, and was approximately 30 times more expensive per gram.

    It might be good for fish but I wouldn't give it to my dogs or me for that matter...sounds like another way to extract money from people.
    Well, that's because it's not meant to be a protein souce hahaha, it contains the highest concentrate of vitamins and minerals (totaling close to 90) of all products known to man. It's about 70% protein, yes, but that isn't the application

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    well it was really hard to find a nutritional analysis of spirulina that I could use to compare to anything but I did find one here
    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Seaweed, spirulina, raw

    it gets a nutrient (vitamins) score of "61".
    If you feed the search - Kale (raw) - that stuff gets a score of "85"
    so there are better sources out there of vitamins and minerals than blue green algae - which I always thought was toxic.

    In fact raw spinach gets an even better score of 91 (suck on that you superfoods)
    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Spinach, raw

    Spurilina is high enough in potassium (K) to be toxic if you eat too much of it.

    Other uses for it are sewage treatment and removing heavy metals from water tho this property also helps humans - it will reduce bad things like arsenic poisoning from water - tho I'm not sure if they get the benefit from eating it or from putting it in the contaminated water before they drink it (like a week or two before).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    well it was really hard to find a nutritional analysis of spirulina that I could use to compare to anything but I did find one here
    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Seaweed, spirulina, raw

    it gets a nutrient (vitamins) score of "61".
    If you feed the search - Kale (raw) - that stuff gets a score of "85"
    so there are better sources out there of vitamins and minerals than blue green algae - which I always thought was toxic.

    In fact raw spinach gets an even better score of 91 (suck on that you superfoods)
    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Spinach, raw

    Spurilina is high enough in potassium (K) to be toxic if you eat too much of it.

    Other uses for it are sewage treatment and removing heavy metals from water tho this property also helps humans - it will reduce bad things like arsenic poisoning from water - tho I'm not sure if they get the benefit from eating it or from putting it in the contaminated water before they drink it (like a week or two before).
    That was an awesome level of insightful info, thanks heaps for posting it!

    I personally smash the spinnich!

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    I have masses of it in my vege garden and supply a few others with it too.

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    Mainly do the feeding of Riley – grain free dry with a variety of vegetables/fish/meat. He is rather partial to yoghurt and fresh eggs. I have never supplemented with pills or potions.

    An example of some of the main vegetables the pup gets.

    Vegetables to improve dog health.jpg

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    Hya, if we do meet up, remind me to get some for you with wet kitchen paper so it will survive traveling. PLEASE, lol. Have heaps

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I have found that sardines give Sammy an amazingly shiny coat. I feed him half raw half kibble and he looks pretty good and my vet thought he was only 2 (he's 4.5), everyone else thinks he's a puppy. No supplements though, just as many whole foods as possible. So whole eggs, whole sardines, whole rabbits, whole chickens etc and all free range foods. Costs me a lot but then I do the same with myself and neither I nor Sammy have ever really been sick (touch wood) so I like to think we save at the DR's/vets. He has endless energy and no doggy odour. All his food is raw, never frozen except for table scraps.

    I find that I can tell when he's eating sardines more so than anything else, it makes his coat very shiny.
    Last edited by 99bottles; 06-24-2014 at 09:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    well it was really hard to find a nutritional analysis of spirulina that I could use to compare to anything but I did find one here
    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Seaweed, spirulina, raw

    it gets a nutrient (vitamins) score of "61".
    If you feed the search - Kale (raw) - that stuff gets a score of "85"
    so there are better sources out there of vitamins and minerals than blue green algae - which I always thought was toxic.

    In fact raw spinach gets an even better score of 91 (suck on that you superfoods)
    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Spinach, raw

    Spurilina is high enough in potassium (K) to be toxic if you eat too much of it.

    Other uses for it are sewage treatment and removing heavy metals from water tho this property also helps humans - it will reduce bad things like arsenic poisoning from water - tho I'm not sure if they get the benefit from eating it or from putting it in the contaminated water before they drink it (like a week or two before).
    That is really interesting. People keep telling me to eat kale and spurulina but I just hate the taste. That said, I eat so much baby spinach, like I'll eat 2 cups a night and then whatever my partner doesn't eat of his. I get cravings. Maybe our bodies do know what's best for us sometimes...

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    I use omega supplements and I have recently started using colostrum capsules as a supplement for one of mine. Fantastic for run down, bad system dogs to boost them. Took a week and he's a different animal.
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