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A quick guide to the ingredients in SmartBarf

Until I find time to write detailed benefits of every ingredient, perhaps this synopsis will do.

  • Asparagus is high in Vitamins A, B’s, C, E & K, several trace minerals plus chromium which provides energy by enhancing insulin’s ability to transport glucose through the body. The amino acid, aspergine, is found in high concentrations.
  • Banana – famous as a potassium source for many sportsmen.
  • Basil – contains an oil that is known to have potent antioxidant, antiviral and antimicrobial properties leading to a potential use in treating cancer. In addition, it has been shown to decrease the occurrence of strokes and reduce stress and asthma.
  • Beetroot, not to be confused with the beet used in kibble, contains betaine which has a positive effect on blood flow and blood pressure. It also improves liver function.
  • Blue Maw (Poppy) has a calming effect, contains 18 different amino acids and is high in calcium.
  • Brazil nuts are perhaps the richest dietary source of selenium.
  • Broccoli is high in vitamin C and contains multiple nutrients with anti-cancer/anti-viral/ antibacterial properties and immune boosters.
  • Caraway seed can kill yeasts and are used as a remedy for loss of appetite and digestive disorders.
  • Carrot is used ethno medically to treat digestive problems, intestinal parasites, tonsillitis and constipation.
  • Chickpea is low in fat but high in trace minerals and can assist in lowering cholesterol in the bloodstream.
  • Dates can be used against sore throats, colds, bronchial catarrh and fevers.
  • Evening Primrose is of benefit against gastro-intestinal disorders.
  • Fennel contains anethole which has potent antimicrobial properties against bacteria, yeast and fungi.
  • Goji Berries, also known as Wolfberries are a well known superfood due to the range and quantity of minerals, amino acids, vitamins, saccharides and fatty acids found in them.
  • Hawthorn berries aid digestion and sleep.
  • Hazelnuts have a significant place amongst nuts in terms of nutrition and health because of the special composition of fats (primarily oleic acid), protein, carbohydrates, vitamins (vitamin E), minerals, dietary fibres, phytosterol (beta-cytosterol) and antioxidant phenolics such as flavan-3-ols.
  • Hemp is famous for having an almost complete amino acid profile and less famous for being 33% protein and 44% healthy edible oils.
  • Linseed is a good source of the trace metals & minerals; calcium, phosphorous and magnesium. Studies have shown it to be useful in male fertility and female pregnancy.
  • Locust Bean has an adverse effect on e coli and therefore aids digestion and normal gut bacteria levels.
  • Milk Thistle is of benefit to the liver.
  • Millet is an excellent source of vitamin B’s, trace metals and is gluten free.
  • Mint can be used to treat digestive ailments. It also shows some anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.
  • Niger contains a good balance of amino acids.
  • Oregano has antiseptic properties as well as being a cure for stomach & respiratory ailments and sore throats. It also has shown antimicrobial activity against Listeria.
  • Parsley contains large quantities of apigenin, a chemical found to have potent anti-cancer activity.
  • Peanuts are rich in nutrients, providing over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients and rivals the antioxidant content of many fruits as they are a source of coenzyme Q10.
  • Perilla is rich in vitamins and minerals and is used in Chinese medicine to boost the immune system. The oil contained is high in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, potassium and vitamins A and C. It appears to alleviate the symptoms of asthma and promotes optimal lung function. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and is thought to help preserve other foods.
  • Prunes have a high antioxidant content.
  • Pumpkin is a good source of protein, as well as iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and potassium. It is also high in L-Tryptophan, making it useful against anxiety. It also fights cholesterol and irritable bowel syndrome. Some people use it against internal worms.
  • Rosehips are used to help prevent colds and influenza due to their very high vitamin C levels.
  • Safflower is a low carbohydrate version of sunflower seeds.
  • Sage shows possible uses as an antibiotic & antifungal agent as well as antispasmodic, estrogenic, hypoglycemic and tonic. It has been found to be effective in the management of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Seaweed is an excellent source of minerals, especially iodine.
  • Sesame is useful for growth and pregnancy – it also contains an antioxidant unique to sesame.
  • Spinach – If it’s good enough for Popeye!
  • Sunflower Hearts are high in growth factors, trace metals & minerals, some essential fatty acids & amino acids and rich in cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.
  • Thyme contains 20-54% thymol, the antiseptic found in many mouthwashes and has also been shown to be effective against various fungi that commonly infect toenails.
  • Tomato contain lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.
  • Walnut has a positive effect on age-associated motor and cognitive function and limits the ability of fat to damage arteries. Compared to many other nuts, raw walnuts contain the highest total level of antioxidants.
  • Wild Seeds add realism and variety as many prey birds/rodents would normally feed on these.