The Health Benefits of Hemp in AnimalsGloria Dsouza
Hemp protein powder and hemp seed oil are not only super-foods for people, but can also do wonders for your pet (including dogs, cats and horses). Hemp is filled with important and crucial nutrition including polyunsaturated good fats [with naturally occurring ideal 1:3 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs)], protein, vitamins (including vitamin B1, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E), antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, calcium, fiber, iron, enzymes, and more – making it an excellent addition to your pet’s meal plan.
The benefits of hemp for your pet’s health include:
* strengthens the immune system
* supports a healthy weight
* increases energy
* improves condition of skin and fur
Unlike many other foods, hemp is easily digestible by the body and shown to aid the system in any recovery work it needs to do, as well as for the maintenance of good health.
While the movement towards incorporating hemp into a companion animal’s diet is still in its infancy, veterinarians are also slowly starting to discover the value of this miracle plant.
It is important to note that dogs and cats are predominantly carnivorous and so are built to eat meat. That’s why hemp oil and hemp protein powder products need to be added as a supplement to the diet, not as a replacement.
An Important Consideration When Choosing a Hemp Product
Before buying a hemp product for your beloved animal companion, be sure to check whether it is cold-processed. In order to save costs, some manufacturers will refine and “hot”-process the basic hemp, destroying much of the good things that make it work.
As well, be sure to choose a company known for its high quality ingredients. The hemp industry is mostly unregulated and occasionally, some manufacturers can cut corners and not deliver the product you think you are buying. Such products may not be able to deliver the results you seek.
Companies that have been around for a while can offer a good number of 3rd party testimonials and who back their products up with guarantees are often your safest bets.