Dinovite for Dogs Powder (for small, medium, large dogs, giant and multi-dog homes) contains kelp. Our NubOnubs freeze dried beef treats also contain this wonderful food. Kelp is a whole food, superfood, that has more health benefits than can be described in a single blog post. The difference this nutrient can have on your dog's health is truly incredible!
Kelp Contains Over 60 Minerals
Here are just 18 of the essential minerals in kelp and their functions:
- Boron: Boron is required primarily for maintaining the integrity of cell walls.
- Bromine: Bromine is an essential trace element for red algae and possibly mammals.
- Calcium: Calcium is crucial to building and maintaining strong bones, teeth and connective tissue. It also promotes healthy digestion, production of hormones and enzymes; is essential in conducting nerve impulses to the heart and other muscles. Calcium plays a role in normal blood clotting as well as high blood pressure and colon cancer prevention.
- Chlorine as chloride (Cl-): Chloride (Cl-) is essential for mammals and plants. Digestive juices in the stomach contain hydrochloric acid.
- Copper: Copper is essential for all life and it is the key component of many enzymes and the pigment hemocyanin.
- Chromium: Chromium is an essential trace element and has a role in glucose, metabolism and insulin production.
- Iodine: Iodine is one of the most essential dietary elements because it takes part in thyroid hormone production. This hormone is an important metabolic regulator of every cell in the body.
- Iron: Iron compounds are essential to all life. It is the iron atom in hemoglobin that is responsible for carrying oxygen around the blood stream and nourishing every cell in the body.
- Magnesium: Magnesium is an important element for plants and animals. Chlorophylls (responsible for the green color of plants) are compounds known as porphyrins and are based upon magnesium. Magnesium is required for the proper working of some enzymes.
- Manganese: Manganese compounds are essential to life. They are essential for the action of some enzymes. Soil deficiencies lead to infertility in mammals .
- Molybdenum: Molybdenum plays a role in nitrogen fixation, (a process by which the normally un-reactive nitrogen gas is turned into other compounds) enzymes and nitrate reduction enzymes.
- Nickel: Nickel is an essential trace element for many species as its deficit may cause liver problems.
- Potassium: Potassium salts are important in intracellular fluid regulation as well as nerve and heart function.
- Selenium: Selenium is essential to mammals and higher plants. It stimulates the metabolism, protects the body against free radicals and heavy metals and ensures proper muscle function.
- Silicon: Silicon is required during the growth phase, especially for skeletal development.
- Sulphur: Sulphur is the key component in most protein production, since it is contained in the amino acids methionine and cysteine.
- Vanadium: Vanadium is important for growth and reproduction.
- Zinc: Zinc is the key component of many enzymes including insulin. It plays a role in reproduction and sexual maturation. Zinc deficiency results in stunted growth and sexual immaturity in males. Kelp contains more than 60 essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements and is increasingly being recognized as an important natural source of vital nutritional requirements.