If you’ve recently found yourself swapping your traditional Diet Coke for a green smoothie whilst out for lunch, it may be because you’re trying to increase the amount of superfoods in your diet. We are encouraged to weave superfoods like kale and avocados into our diets due to their various health benefits, but did you know that superfoods also exist in the dog world?
Much like us, dogs can benefit from superfoods too. They can help maximise and enhance your dog’s intelligence, which can help them to learn simple commands at home, improve responsiveness when out and about with you and even delay some of the cognitive signs of aging. Our Lead Nutritionist Samantha says; “Feeding your dog a healthy diet made up of foods such as salmon, peas and sweet potato will ensure they are getting good levels of nutrients like vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants, which have been shown to improve intelligence, memory and cognitive abilities.”
Here are Samantha’s top five brain foods for dogs:
TOP FIVE BRAIN FOODS FOR DOGS
- Salmon and salmon oil (for omega 3’s DHA and EPA)
- Sweet potato (for beta carotene and chlorogenic acid)
- Rosemary extract (for vitamin E and other antioxidants)
- Peas (for vitamin C, E and some specific pea antioxidants)
- Maize (for antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin)
Other superfoods include coconut oil, medicinal herbs (such as ‘turmeric, papaya and aloe vera, for instance) and carrots, pumpkins and tomatoes (as they contain beneficial vitamins and antioxidants). The number one superfood proven to improve brain function and mental development is ‘DHA’, an ingredient found in salmon and salmon oil. Foods rich in DHA can improve short-term memory and learning abilities, and can have great benefits for young puppies in their high growth phase. At tails.com, we include salmon oil in our puppy food, as well as relevant superfoods for each dog’s unique needs in our tailor-made blends.