Broccoli: the vitamin-filled veggie bursting with goodness

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The humble broccoli — hated by many children worldwide and often overlooked by adults, this seemingly simple veggie is chock full of important vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.

With multiple health benefits, think of it more like a green god with superpowers AKA awesome ingredients for your pupper’s diet.

The big broccoli benefits

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an important, direct antioxidant. It helps to remove dangerous free radicals that cause oxidative stress, and are often major contributors to cancer and chronic disease. Although dogs can synthesise Vitamin C themselves, adding it to their diet through natural whole foods, like broccoli, can give them a significant nutritional boost.

Vitamin K

This vitamin is found in leafy green vegetables including broccoli. It’s only needed in small quantities but it’s essential to support strong bone growth in puppies. It also helps the blood clot. Puppers can be prone to cuts and scratches, so it’s an important vitamin that helps the body to heal quickly and naturally.

Beta-carotene

We normally associate this natural pigment with orange fruits and vegetables, like carrots, but dark green vegetables are full of this carotenoid, too. Once it’s ingested, beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A, which is crucial for growth, cell function and healthy eyes. A deficiency in Vitamin A can cause serious sight-related issues.

Sulforaphane

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, like cauliflower and kale. These powerhouse vegetables are full of chemical components like sulforaphane – an indirect antioxidant that helps the body to produce anti-oxidants to fight cancer, aging and chronic disease. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to remove carcinogens that can also cause cancer.

Fibre

Broccoli dietary fibre is a powerful prebiotic. It helps to feed good bacteria in the gut to ensure a balanced and healthy microbiome which is vital for overall health and wellbeing.

It’s all about balance

Too much of a good thing can be harmful and an excess of broccoli can cause gastric upset. We work with Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionists to ensure we are using optimal levels of each ingredient and maximising their nutritional value, whilst minimising the risk of tummy troubles.

You’ll find exactly the right amount of this powerhouse veggie in our Beef, Lamb and Turkey Bowls, alongside other nutritious whole foods for your pupper’s health. Each bowl is made with love in our Aussie kitchens and uses the freshest human-grade ingredients.

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