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FRUIT SALAD BOOSTER with supergreens
FRUIT SALAD BOOSTER with supergreens

FRUIT SALAD BOOSTER with supergreens

$29.95

Plus subsidised $5 flat rate shipping across Australia, for orders up to 1.5kg.

If your dog's diet is mostly dry biscuits, they're probably getting what they need to survive. But will they thrive? Add bestie's superfood blend of fruit and supergreens to the mix, to help general and immune system health

This superblend mix, made from all-natural, highly bio-available, dietary sources, is rich  in phytonutrients - particularly carotenoids and flavenoids - that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, to help support wellness and immune system health.

These phytonutrient-rich foods are:  

  • powerhouse papaya, blueberry and apple
  • supergreens spirulina and wheatgrass
  • potent kale

Mix with water or yoghurt, and add to your dog's meal or feed as a treat!

  • 100% human food-grade ingredients
  • 5 gram scoop inside
  • Supplementary food for dogs
  • Shelf stable when stored at 25C or less, if used infrequently or in a humid environment, refrigerate

WHY FEED A BOOSTER?

Sometimes, (especially in these difficult COVID-19 times) even the most dedicated fresh food feeder may have to resort to kibble, aka dry dog biscuits. Most major brands of kibble are usually ‘complete and balanced’, giving your dog all they need to survive. However, surviving, isn’t quite the same as thriving!

Here are a few things to bear in mind:

Kibble diets are pro-inflammatory and the link between chronic inflammation and disease is well-established[1]
Heat processing reduces the bio-availability of certain amino acids and destroys some vitamins[2]
High temperature processing also produces carcinogens that dogs absorb (among them, 2-Amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4, 5-b]pyridine PhIP). PhIP is associated with several cancers in humans[3]
Dry diets can lead to dehydration over time[4]

 Given this, if we do need to feed kibble, how could we improve the meal, simply and effectively? Well, one way is to add foods known to have anti-inflammatory properties and that help support the immune system.

THE FRUIT SALAD IS ALSO IDEAL FOR ACTIVE AND OLDER DOGS

Huh? What do active and older dogs have in common, you ask? Well, they both have oxidative stress. Exercise-induced oxidative stress contributes to increased muscle fatigue, muscle fibre damage, and eventually leads to immune system impairment.

And, dogs’ ability to counteract oxidative stress diminishes as they age – the brains of aged dogs accumulate oxidative damage to proteins and lipids, which may lead to dysfunction of neuronal cells.

However, research has shown that an antioxidant-rich diet has been shown to significantly improve, or slow the decline of, learning and memory in aged dogs. It can also achieve sustained increases in circulating levels of antioxidants that help limit DNA damage, leading to improved immunological performance.

WHAT'S IN THE FRUIT SALAD AND WHY DO THEY HELP?

Phytonutrients are actually bioactive compounds accumulated in different parts of plants, with either defensive or disease protective properties. The Fruit Salad Booster is rich in two of the most common phytonutrient categories: carotenoids and flavonoids.

Carotenoids act as antioxidants, and some can be converted into vitamin A. They support immune system function and health. In the Fruit Salad, both kale and papaya are rich in carotenoids.

Flavonoids are also rich in antioxidant activity. In the Fruit Salad, both apples and blueberries are high in flavonoids. Blueberries are also rich in resveratrol. In fact, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables.

Not only that, but the Fruit Salad also has supergreens.

Supergreens are packed with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes and in particular, chlorophyll and antioxidants. Because of their highly concentrated nutrient profile, supergreens are generally believed to help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation.

PAPAYA POWER

A number of the phytochemicals found in papaya have been shown to reduce chronic inflammatory conditions and associated side-effects by modifying the levels of inflammatory markers. In addition to secondary metabolites, the proteolytic enzymes present in papaya (papain and chymopapain) have also shown immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activities. 

The importance of carotenoids in promoting health in people and dogs is well documented. However, papaya is rich in a particular type of carotenoid called lutein. A study on 56 young beagles receiving a dietary lutein supplement, showed a significantly enhanced cell-mediated and humoral immune response in dogs. The study also showed that dietary lutein may enhance the antibody response of dogs given routine vaccinations.

BEAUTIFUL BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries are rich in a particular phytonutrient called resveratrol, shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative properties as well as protecting against oxidative stress.

In fact, research with sled dogs shows blueberry supplementation did cause significantly elevated antioxidant status in sled dogs post exercise, suggesting that dogs fed blueberries while exercising as compared to dogs fed a control diet while exercising, may be better protected against oxidative damage. 

Blueberries also have demonstrated genoprotective and behavioural effects. Research with mice showed supplementation with blueberry extract resulted in higher significant memory retention and significantly reduced DNA damage in hippocampal tissues.

SUPER SUPERGREENS

Spirulina has high nutritional values due to its content in proteins, essential amino acids, minerals, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and liposoluble antioxidants (vitamin E and caro-tenoids). Multiple research studies have shown its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulating effects.

Wheatgrass is a concentrated source of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E. It has strong antioxidant and inflammation-reducing properties, and research with animals has shown benefits in cancer prevention and as an adjunct to cancer treatment.

HOW TO FEED THE FRUIT SALAD

Add a dash of water, mix to a paste or gravy and mix into the meal

Mix it into yoghurt and feed as a treat or as a topper

Mix it with gelatin or agar agar for a jelly-treat

HOW MUCH TO FEed?

Once per day 
Small dogs:  under 10kg, 1 scoop

Medium dogs: 10kg – 25kg,  2 scoops

Large dogs: 25kg – 40kg+, 3 scoops

There's a scoop in the pack that's 5 grams

HOW MANY SERVES TO A PACK?

For those with small dogs using the 350 gram pack, there will be 70 daily serves

For those with medium dogs there will be 100 daily serves from a 1kg pack

And for those with large dogs, there will be 67 daily serves from a 1kg pack

ALL NATURAL, HUMAN FOOD GRADE INGREDIENTS

Papaya powder, blueberry powder, kale powder, apple powder, spirulina powder, wheatgrass powder.

SOURCES:

[1] Anderson, R. C., et al. "Effect of kibble and raw meat diets on peripheral blood mononuclear cell gene expression profile in dogs." The Veterinary Journal 234 (2018): 7-10.

[2] van Rooijen, Charlotte, et al. "The Maillard reaction and pet food processing: effects on nutritive value and pet health." Nutrition research reviews 26.2 (2013): 130-148.

[3] Gu, Dan & Neuman, Zachary & Modiano, Jaime & Turesky, Robert. (2012). Biomonitoring the Cooked Meat Carcinogen 2-Amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5- b ]pyridine in Canine Fur. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. 60. 9371-5. 10.1021/jf302969h.

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