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Spirulina is now for picky eaters, too!

Posted on: November 30, 2017 by Jessica Normand

The SmartPak Product Development team is always on the lookout for beneficial ingredients and better ways of delivering them to your horses, as well as our own. Spirulina (Arthrospria platensis) is a blue green algae valued for its nutritional value and its many documented health benefits. But the challenge with feeding spirulina to horses is that it’s not very palatable. So, although this exciting ingredient has been on our radar for quite some time, it wasn’t until we could get the palatability right that we finally launched new Spirulina Pellets by SmartPak!

Spirulina is a highly-nutritious plant-like organism that provides quality protein from many essential amino acids. This “super algae” also contains vitamins, minerals, the incredibly-beneficial fatty acids EPA and DHA, and numerous other phytonutrients, including flavanols, carotenoids, and C-phycocyanin. Research has shown that spirulina supports the immune system, and in addition to feeding spirulina for immune support, we recommend it for horses with respiratory conditions, seasonal allergies, itchy skin, and more.

Despite its taste challenges, we were determined to create a spirulina pellet that horses would love. After several rounds of formulation and palatability testing with our herd of taste test horses, we succeeded! Spirulina Pellets by SmartPak provide 15,000 mg of spirulina per 30 g serving, with an alfalfa meal base, a touch of stevia for sweetness, and apple-banana flavoring that provides a taste and aroma horses love. We’re thrilled to now offer our customers the incredible benefits of spirulina in a pellet that is officially Picky Eater Approved!

But you don’t have to take our word for it, here are a few customer testimonials:

“… I was worried to start spirulina because I know personally how disgusting it tastes, but would you believe that my extremely picky eater eats it ALL with zero complaints.”

“Palatability is not a problem!”

“No problem with taste.”

“It’s very palatable, she has no issues eating it.”

“I have a picky eater and he gobbled it up.”

“…it smells pleasant and he has no issue with eating it.”

“… they do seem very tasty!”

In addition to the straight Spirulina Pellets, we are also thrilled to announce the launch of new SmartBreathe Ultra Pellets. This formula offers even more comprehensive support than original SmartBreathe Pellets, including 5,000 mg of spirulina per serving, plus MSM, DHA, turmeric, antioxidants, beneficial herbs, and more. For horses in needed of advanced respiratory support, new SmartBreathe Ultra Pellets is the most comprehensive respiratory supplement we’ve ever offered.

As always, if you need help selecting the right supplements for your horse, contact us at any time!