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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.
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We still have some sample bags of Smartbarf to give away

Following our offer a week ago, we have chosen 50 people to give samples to (keep an eye on your twitter feed or your Facebook messages inbox (other). We will choose a further 50 people this week.

If you didn’t see our offer then, due to a typo error on our part, our sample bag labels can’t go out to our stockists so, rather than waste them, we decided to give them away to raw feeders who haven’t tried SmartBarf yet. If you already supplement your dog’s meals with fruits, herbs, vegetables, seeds or nuts then this is your opportunity to try SmartBarf free of charge and to find out if your dog likes the taste.

If you’ve followed our postings you will know that we’ve highlighted some of our ingredients already so, when you ‘like’, ‘share’ and/or ‘retweet’ this posting, please include a comment telling us which ingredient you want to know more about next.

Each sample bag is 60g which is enough to supplement the meals of a 15kg dog for 4 days – the label mentions both 4 days and 7 days and that is the typo error. We normally suggest adding SmartBarf at 1g per kg of dog or puppy weight so these sample bags are sufficient for 6 days if your dog weighs 10 kgs and 3 days for a 20kg dog (and 1 day if you have a 60kg dog!).

By Halloween we will have contacted 100 randomly selected raw feeders who ‘like’, ‘share’ and/or ‘retweet’ this posting and who include an ingredient they want to know more about.

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100 Free Sample Bags of SmartBarf Available

Due to a typo error on our part, our sample bag labels can’t go out to our stockists so, rather than waste them, we decided to give them away to raw feeders who haven’t tried SmartBarf yet. If you already supplement your dog’s meals with fruits, herbs, vegetables, seeds or nuts then this is your opportunity to try SmartBarf free of charge and to find out if your dog likes the taste.

If you’ve followed our postings you will know that we’ve highlighted some of our ingredients already so, when you ‘like’, ‘share’ and/or ‘retweet’ this posting, please include a comment telling us which ingredient you want to know more about next.

Each sample bag is 60g which is enough to supplement the meals of a 15kg dog for 4 days – the label mentions both 4 days and 7 days and that is the typo error. We normally suggest adding SmartBarf at 1g per kg of dog or puppy weight so these sample bags are sufficient for 6 days if your dog weighs 10 kgs and 3 days for a 20kg dog (and 1 day if you have a 60kg dog!).

On Halloween we will contact 100 randomly selected raw feeders who ‘like’, ‘share’ and/or ‘retweet’ this posting and who include an ingredient they want to know more about.

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What is meat?

I wanted to start off with “What is offal?”, but if you understand what is meat, you will find it easier to understand what offal is.

First off, it is helpful to know that there are 3 types of muscle fibre.

  • Skeletal, which we normally think of as ‘meat’ and which themselves come in different types depending on their activities and the demands put upon them by the body. Type 1 are found around the neck and spine areas and type 2 are found in the limbs. They have different levels of blood and enzymes in them so it is probably better to have a mix of meats from different parts of different animals to prevent an overload or deficiency of specific nutrients. Chicken, pork and beef is around 17-23% protein, 3-19% fat and 55-70% water depending on how much fat has been trimmed off (lean meats contain more water). Trimmed beef and pork have similar fat levels to skinless chicken.
  • Smooth or intestinal, which we often give to our dogs as tripe (it is a part of the stomach). This muscle type is also found in blood vessels and other ducts and tubes. Tripe is around 12% protein, 4% fat and 85% water and lungs are 16% and 3% respectively and both are high in cholesterol. Offal, while it is fed in limited quantities (usually 10%), it has similar protein and fat levels to smooth muscle.
  • Cardiac, which is obviously found in the heart and is very similar to skeletal muscle. Ox heart is 18% protein and 4% fat and is also high in cholesterol. Cardiac muscle is also rich in blood which is also high in protein and low in fat.

As is becoming clear, protein is found in meat but not all protein is meat.

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Seaweed: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it is well known as a source of iodine for healthy thyroid function as well as having more Calcium than is found in milk or meat. It is also rich in Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Phosphorus. The thyroid helps produce and regulate hormones and a malfunctioning one can result in fatigue, muscle weakness, high cholesterol, heart palpitations and impaired memory.
  • Maybe because it is low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol while being rich in protein and fibre to aid digestion and ease constipation. The alginates it contains can improve gut mucus to protect the intestinal wall, slow down digestion to make one feel full for longer and improve the levels of gut bacteria to get more out of the other foods you eat and to reduce wind.
  • Maybe because it is also a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, and has more Vitamin C than oranges. It also has high levels of Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, alpha linoleic acid, EPA and Folate.
  • Maybe because it is rich in Polysaccharides which are important in the prevention of degenerative diseases including cardiovascular and diabetes 2. It also improves mood and so it is often used as a tonic following illness and to improve liver function.
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Parsnips: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because they are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre is linked to a decreased risk of diabetes and a lowering of blood cholesterol. Diets that include plenty of high-fibre foods may also help prevent heart disease, hemorrhoids, obesity, stroke and diverticulitis. Several studies show that there’s a direct link between the consumption of fibre rich foods, such as parsnips, and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Maybe because, as with carrots, it contains many poly-acetylene anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties and offer protection from colon cancer and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • Maybe because, the roots are high in water soluble vitamin C, an anti-oxidant that helps the body maintain healthy connective tissue, respiratory tract, teeth, and gums. It also helps protect from diseases and cancers by scavenging harmful free radicals from the body, supporting antibacterial activity and regulating the immune system.
  • Maybe because they are rich in vitamin E (used to make red blood cells) and many B-complex groups of vitamins such as vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid and folates. Folate is needed for energy metabolism, the promotion of nervous system health and function and in the synthesis of DNA, RNA and red blood cells, lessens the risks of depression, heart disease and age-related vision and hearing loss. Folate is especially important during pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects and may be associated with a lower risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Maybe because they have good levels of minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Both a mineral and an electrolyte, potassium is essential for skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle function and for the production and maintenance of bones. Regularly consuming potassium-rich foods can help lower the risk of stroke and high blood pressure.
  • Maybe because their manganese and vitamin K contents play an important role in the health of your bones. Manganese helps you produce sex hormones, while vitamin K is essential for blood clotting.
  • Maybe because they contain compounds that help regulate the immune response. Dendric cells play a key role in the regulation of the immune system and studies show that falcarindiol, found in parsnips, has the ability to stop dendritic (or immune) cells from reaching maturity. The ability to suppress the immune system gives parsnips great potential to be part of a new therapy for the treatment of autoimmune and allergic diseases.
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Almonds: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it is a nutritionally dense food rich in B vitamins and essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium, and potassium.
  • Maybe because it contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and phytosterols which have all been associated with cholesterol reducing properties.
  • Maybe because its levels of vitamin E, magnesium and flavonoids reduce ones heart attack risk and protect artery walls from damage.
  • Maybe because they contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity.
  • Maybe because they reduce the risk of osteoporosis and improve immune function.
  • Maybe because it lowers the glycemic levels found in other foods and lessens the rise in blood sugar and insulin seen after eating.
  • Maybe because it can help prevent the formation of gallstones.
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Asparagus: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it fights cancer, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, anaemia and boosts the immune system due to it’s levels of the antioxidant vitamin A, potassium, folic acid, rutin, iron, glutathione, anti-inflammatory saponins and soluble fibre.
  • Maybe because it is low in calories, cholesterol, fat and sodium. It also has a high water content so 7g of dehydrated asparagus packs in as much nutrition as 100g of fresh asparagus.
  • Maybe because it is a mild diuretic and so helps to detoxify the body and combat cystitis.
  • Maybe because it contains the prebiotic inulin to stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, soothing the stomach and aiding digestion.
  • Maybe because it contains vitamins C and E to improve skin, coat and nails and chromium for energy.
  • Maybe because it is rich in so many different vitamins, amino acids and minerals eg vitamins B1, B2 B6 and K and calcium, magnesium, zinc, protein, beta-carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, copper, manganese, pantothenic acid and selenium.
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Papaya: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it contains 212 amino acids and several enzymes, including those that aid digestion, discourage acid reflux, prevents infection, kills intestinal worms, controls dandruff, relieves IBS, repairs ulcers and reduces post surgery swelling.
  • Maybe because they contain an antioxidant which is thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration.
  • Maybe because they contain vitamin K which improves calcium absorption and bone development.
  • Maybe because foods rich in flavonoids combat asthma, cancers and degenerative diseases.
  • Maybe because its fibre has an impact on type 1 diabetes, lowers cholesterol, prevents constipation and fights heart disease
  • Maybe because of the vitamin A and C it has and which is needed for sebum production leading to a glossy coat.
  • Maybe because it is rich in choline – a versatile nutrient that aids sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. It is also needed for regulating nerve impulses, the absorption of fat and can help relieve arthritis pain, sports injuries and allergies.
  • Maybe that is why the Mayans called it the “Tree of Life”.
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Broccoli: Why is it in SmartBarf?

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  • Maybe because it is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K and these allow the body to regulate its own production of vitamin D.
  • Maybe because it contains many different phytocompounds that boost DNA repair in cells and help the body fight cancer and viral and bacterial infections.
  • Maybe because the fibre it contains detoxes the body, reduces cholesterol levels in diabetics and repairs capillary damage.
  • Maybe because it contains the same chemicals found in the eye and has been shown to impact some degenerative diseases.
  • Maybe because it is anti-inflammatory and reduces allergic reactions.
  • Maybe because it has an almost complete amino acid mix and is generally high in all the metal nutrients.