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Ingredient profiles: The herbs that do good for your dog’s diet

by Sojos | December 11, 2012

For millennia, people have used herbs to treat illness and bolster their health. We might not necessarily think of those healing properties when we grab a sprig or a leaf to season our foods, but the value they possess for flavoring is certainly equal to their value to our well-being – and that of our pets.

When you open up a bag of Sojos raw dog food, you’ll probably notice the scent – and you wouldn’t be alone if you wondered if it tastes as good as it smells. All our ingredients, combined, make for an enticing aroma, but herbs certainly help to make it extra appealing.

But those herbs aren’t there just to pique your pup’s appetite (though it often helps attract finicky eaters). If you’re wondering just what those ingredients will do to help your dog feel, look and be his best, here’s a primer. Keep in mind that these ingredients are featured across our dog food line, from Sojos Beef Complete Dog Food to Sojos Grain-Free Dog Food Mix.

Basil: This staple of Italian cuisine (for people) has a lot to offer your pet on a nutritional level. To start, it’s a great digestive aid, calming tummies and making the whole process go smoothly. It also has anti-bacterial qualities and water-soluble flavonoids like orientin and vicenin that are great for keeping cancer-causing free radicals at bay.

Parsley: It’s a relative of celery and carrots, and it can do a whole lot more than garnish a plate. It’s a rich source of nutrients like vitamin C, folic acid, iron, calcium, potassium and zinc, as well as anti-cancer agents and dietary fiber. For those active pups, parsley also provides muscles with energy to move and react quickly.

Rosemary: Beautifully aromatic rosemary is a true free radical-fighting warrior. It is so rich with potent antioxidants that it is used as a natural alternative to synthetic antioxidants often added to food and preservatives. Its primary antioxidant, called rosmarinic acid, has been shown to reduce the inflammatory response, which can minimize the symptoms of arthritis and ward against the joint damage that causes arthritis. And it still has more to give beyond that – rosemary also contains flavonoids and volatile oil, which stimulate the immune system, increase circulation and improve digestion. 

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