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Did you know that when you get stressed, your dog does too? If stress becomes chronic, or your dog shows signs of chronic inflammation, you may want to add bestie's superfood blend of papaya and superfungi to the mix, to help support your dog's immune system health. 

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

These phytonutrient-rich and adaptogenic foods are:  

  • powerhouse papaya
  • herbs ashwagandha and astragalus
  • reishi, shiitake and maitakie mushrooms

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
  • Holistic vet developed formulation
  • Shelf stable when stored at 25C or less, if used infrequently or in a humid environment, refrigerate


There’s a complex interplay between the stress response and the immune system, but as stress becomes chronic rather than acute, it’s more likely to suppress rather than enhance the immune response. In addition, inflammatory conditions in your dog activate immune defence mechanisms and, under persistent stimuli, chronic inflammation may occur.

To help with this, we developed The Tropical Wonder booster: an immune-modulatory mix designed to boost your dog’s immune system health. 
The Tropical Wonder is really so named because of - you guessed it! - the papaya. And one of the key ingredient categories, are these herbs and mushrooms called adaptogens. 


Papaya extracts and papaya-associated phytochemicals possess anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. Papaya contains a wide range of bioactive secondary metabolites (eg alkaloids, phenolics, flavonoids, carotenoids, tannins, saponins) and proteolytic enzymes (papain and chymopapain).

Papaya is also rich in lutein, a type carotenoid. The importance of carotenoids in promoting health in people and dogs is well documented. However, 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.


Adaptogens increase the state of non-specific resistance in stress and decrease sensitivity to stressors, which results in stress protection, and prolong the phase of resistance (stimulatory effect). Instead of exhaustion, a higher level of equilibrium (the homeostasis) is attained the heterostasis. The higher it is, the better the adaptation to stress. Thus, the stimulating and anti-fatigue effect of adaptogens has been documented in both in animals and in humans. The mushroom and herb ingredients in this formulation are classified as adaptogens.


Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the adaptogen herbs that is known to have anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory, anti-arthritic and anti-ageing properties. It’s a good source of natural antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols and consumption of ashwagandha may contribute substantial amounts of antioxidants to the diet. It’s also been shown to have a beneficial effect on dogs with liver dysfunction.


Astragalus is a member of the legume family that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to promote strong immunity and boost “vital life energy”. It contains astragalans, polysaccharide constituents that stimulate white blood cells production, T-cells, killer cells and antibodies in a fashion that helps maintain and restore the immune system. It’s also been shown to improve the clinical signs and regulate the immune cells, cytokines and other immune-related parameters, of immunosuppressed dogs.


Medicinal mushrooms are reported to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular-protective, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, and anticancer properties. It is well-established that mushrooms are adept at immune modulation and affect immature red blood cells, lymphocytes, macrophages, T cells, dendritic cells (DCs), and natural killer (NK) cells. All that medical jargon aside, the bottomline is that both reishi and maitake have been used extensively in cancer treatment in humans and mice.


Shiitake is another medicinal with a bunch of benefits - in medical jargon: antiproliferative, immunostimulatory, hepatoprotective, and antimutagenic! There have also been anti-tooth decay effects in vitro and in mice. Lentinan, a carb (polysaccharide) isolated from shiitake, has been well studied and is thought responsible for the mushroom’s beneficial effects. It’s been shown to improve immunity, as seen by improved cell proliferation and activation and increased sIgA (secretory immunoglobulin A) production, in humans.

This formulation has been designed on the basis of research and clinical experience. Here are some of the studies that back up the explanation above.


Panossian, Alexander & Georg, Wikman. (2010). Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress—Protective Activity. Pharmaceuticals. 3. 10.3390/ph3010188.


Qiu, Hehui & Cheng, Guilin & Xu, Jianqin & Zhang, Nuowei & Liu, Fenghua & Zhu, Xiaoyu & Zhao, Juan & Zhang, Yujie. (2010). Effects of Astragalus Polysaccharides on Associated Immune Cells and Cytokines in Immunosuppressive Dogs. Procedia in Vaccinology. 2. 26-33. 10.1016/j.provac.2010.03.006.


Nabi, S.U. & Wani, A.R. & Dey, Sahadeb. (2014). Therapeutic effect of ashwagandha ( Withania somnifera L.) in liver dysfunction of old dogs. Applied Biological Research. 16. 232. 10.5958/0974-4517.2014.00015.9.

Medicinal mushrooms

Guggenheim AG, Wright KM, Zwickey HL. Immune Modulation From Five Major Mushrooms: Application to Integrative OncologyIntegr Med (Encinitas). 2014;13(1):32–44.


Dai, Xiaoshuang & Stanilka, Joy & Rowe, Cheryl & Esteves, Elizabethe & Nieves, Carmelo & Spaiser, Samuel & Christman, Mary & Henken, Bobbi & Percival, Susan. (2015). Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 34. 1-10. 10.1080/07315724.2014.950391.


Kim, Hong & Chew, Boon & Wong, Teri Ann & Park, Jean & Weng, Bor-Chun & Byrne, Katherine & Hayek, Michael & Reinhart, Gregory. (2000). Dietary lutein stimulates immune response in the canine. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 74. 315-327. 10.1016/S0165-2427(00)00180-X.

“I commonly recommend papaya to be fed to all dogs as a healthy boost to the diet. It is jammed packed full of goodness and health benefits. We should all have some every day too!”
Dr Kathy Cornack, holistic vet



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Tropical Wonder Booster with superfungi

Good response and fast delivery. My dogs love the Tropical Wonder Booster and it's easy to feed, I mix with yoghurt and feed it to them with breakfast.

Bestie Kitchen

Excellent! Glad they like it, and it's easy for you.

Rachel C.
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Tropical Wonder Booster w Superfunghi

I mixed this in with their Kefir yoghurt and they loved the flavour... licked every morsel of it up! They have only had it a couple of times, so will have to wait and see how they go :-)

Bestie Kitchen

That is excellent (and kefir yoghurt - great choice)!