For centuries Dried Kelp has been an important part of peoples diet throughout the world. Best known is its use by the Chinese and Japanese, many feel it is one of the main reasons for the lack of many western diseases and ailments in these countries. In fact, most regions and countries located by waters, including Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and coastal South American countries have been consuming kelp since ancient times. It was often regarded as a food for kings and the gods. One must remember that the ocean and these plants have been in existent for billions of years and actually form the foundation of our present food chain. The first creatures that developed from the ocean used nourishment of these algae forever programming their need in our molecular structure.
Kelp is part of the larger food category of sea vegetables. They are actually algae which makes them different from other food sources such as plants and animals. They have exotic names such as Nori, Hijiki, Kombu, Wakame, Arame, and with the better known names in the west of Seaweed and Kelp.
Kelp is one of the most effective of these sea vegetables as an ingredient in dog supplements because it contains a hefty array of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and carbohydrates. The list is impressive including A, B-complex, C, E, S, calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sulfur, MSM, zinc, manganese, niacin, riboflavin, sodium, thiamine.
Because kelp contains so many critical components for dog nutrition it promotes good health and long life in numerous ways including: better digestion, control and relief of skin and coat disorders, relief and prevention of allergic reactions, healing from injuries, higher resistance to infection, cell rejuvenator, detoxifying, and joint repair.
Three of the more common reasons for using dog supplements containing kelp are maintaining a healthy thyroid gland, healthy joints, and healthy coat and skin.
Being one of rare natural sources of iodine kelp can be beneficial in keeping a dogs thyroid gland healthy. This is important because once dogs develop hypothyroidism they must be on treatment (usually a synthetic hormone) for the rest of their lives. Just as in humans, dogs can suffer from thyroid problems for years without it being properly diagnosed. If your dog has become obese, has at the same time severe skin problems and unusual hair lost you should ask your veterinarian to check his thyroid.
Joint ailments such as arthritis and hip dysplasia are extremely common in dogs. Kelp contains multiple nutrients that can not only help treat these damaged joints but also keep them healthy in the first place delaying or preventing such problems. The highly solvable protein enables the amino acids to efficiently repair tissue. These work with the sulfur and the associated methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) that are found throughout the body. Sulfur is one of the most important minerals needed by the body at any age or stage of healthiness. It is needed for the synthesis of collagen, a principal protein that gives the skin its structural integrity. Collagen in turn allows the body to naturally mend damaged cartilage. Kelp not only contains all these nutrients but also supplies vitamins like A, D, C, and B complex which improve the effectiveness of these joint rejuvenators.
Kelp is one of most complete natural substances that can be added to dog supplements for a dogs healthy coat and skin. It has most if not all the dog nutrition ingredients that are needed. This includes fatty acids, protein with 21 amino acids, and vitamins A, D, and E. The protein is critical since almost all the protein consumed by the dog digestive system is used to produce and maintain healthy hair. The skin is also helped by the sulfur and MSM compounds in kelp that greatly help the body quickly flush toxins that cause allergic attacks.
Kelp is considered safe but it must be produced from deep ocean beds that are free of industrial waste. Two such areas are the fjords of Iceland and oceans off Norway. It must be harvested correctly taking it from the cold deep ocean beds and dried at low temperatures that do not destroy its crucial nutrients.