We have shared the different ways we can boost our brain health in humans in previous blogs when we wrote about smart foods for the brain
and with using a daily sniff of this common herb -
but how about giving your dog some of the same advantages?
Here is a simple but very healthy recipe for delicious "brain booster treats" for your dog.
The ingredients are so good that they are more than suitable for humans (large or small) too!
You will need
- One of those silicone ice cube trays.
Here is what to do
- Coat the bottom of the tray with a layer of liquid coconut oil. Coconut oil becomes liquid when it is gently warmed - for example in a Pyrex glass bowl in a pan of hot water
- Add a layer of almond butter.
- Pop a fresh blueberry into each pocket.
- Add another layer of coconut oil.
- Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set firm.
- Then pop out the treats and store in a glass jar so they are ready to use whenever you need them.
The brain booster treats make ideal rewards when you are training your dog and of course at other times when needed.
What are the benefits of these ingredients?
The coconut oil improves dogs' learning skills.
In humans, coconut oil has been found to help normalize blood lipids and protect against damage to the liver, while playing a role in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. Coconut oil is also associated with improved blood sugar and insulin control, playing an important role in the prevention and management of diabetes. It also has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties while helping to strengthen mineral absorption (important for healthy teeth and bones) and can also improve the condition and appearance of the scalp, hair and skin when ingested or topically applied.
The almond butter is rich in vitamin E which helps improve your dog's memory function.
In humans, almond butter provides one way to boost your almond intake with all the health benefits that come with almonds - and it is also very useful for a variety of recipes.
Blueberries are known to slow down mental decline in dogs. Researchers have found that diets rich in blueberries, given to aging animals, significantly improved both their learning capacity and motor skills.
But for humans, they have many health benefits too being an excellent source of vitamin C - helping in the absorption of iron and promoting a healthy immune system. Blueberries are a good source of dietary fiber to help heart health and maintain regular bowel movements. As well as the roughage, a big handful will give you vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids to improve digestion. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, going a long way to boosting your immune system, preventing infections and slowing down aging. They also help promote urinary tract health by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria, with added antibiotic properties. They help preserve our vision and heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues, keeping memories sharp. Blueberries (and coconut oil) are being promoted for people with Alzheimer’s disease
. They are very good anti-depressants (with no side effects), elevating your mood.
Three really healthy good ingredients for this simple easy-to-make dog treat!