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7 Reasons To Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil To Your Dog’s Diet

Posted on: June 18th, 2015

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7 Reasons To Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil To Your Dog’s Diet:

1. It helps the eater lose weight.
Whether canine or human, if there are some unwanted pounds that need shedding, olive oil will help grease the weight-loss engine. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil actually encourage pound-melting by breaking down the fat inside fat cells, to get rid ofbelly fat and reduce insulin sensitivity.

2. It promotes optimal health.
Rich in monounsaturated fats, olive oil prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It contains oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer, which kills a staggering 50 percent of dogs over age 10.

3. It defends the immune system which may extend canine longevity.
With high levels of antioxidants including polyphenols, vitamin E, and carotenoids, olive oil is very effective at arming the body’s immune system so it can efficiently fight off disease. Olive oil prevents free radical cell oxidation which can lead to premature aging, this is especially important as canines’ transition from one season to another.

4. It’s a brain food.
Olive oil helps prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging in all species, so be sure to serve it to senior dogs at least once daily, to keep their minds sharp and cloud-free.

5. It provides an energy boost.
Olive oil can help improve canine circulation as well! Circulation improves, and breathing comes more easily with a daily dose of olive oil — it helps increase blood flow and in humans, lessens the effects of asthma. It can be of particular benefit to breeds such as the Bulldog who sometimes struggle to breathe.

6. It’s a beauty treatment.
Long used to beautify human hair and skin, olive oil can do the same for canines. Condition your dog’s coat from the inside out with a daily serving, which helps to impart moisture and gleam to even the driest, dullest fur.

7. It’s good for maintaining joint and bone health.
Many dogs develop arthritis as they age. As an anti-inflammatory, regular doses of olive oil in a dog’s diet can help reduce the amount of pain and stiffness that an aging dog feels. The omega-3 fatty acids in olive oil can aid in joint lubrication as well. Additionally, it’s a safe and economical alternative to many drug therapies.

It’s All About the Chemistry!

Posted on: June 12th, 2015

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If you stop by Harvest, you may hear us talk about the polyphenols that are abundant in Ultra Premium olive oil. What are they? Polyphenols are the powerful antioxidants within our olive oil that have been shown to provide a variety of health benefits, from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure to helping to prevent certain cancers and Alzheimers! A daily dose of polyphenols does the body good!

Announcing our new Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar!

Posted on: June 11th, 2015

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We’re so excited to announce our new Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar has arrived, just in time for summer salads! Our luscious blueberry balsamic vinegar is just as amazing over garden salad as it is over fruit salad. When paired with one of our delicate Ultra Premium olive oils, the intense blueberry flavor will shine. Also fantastic with our orange or lemon olive oils. Pairs well with blue and feta cheeses.

Meet our new Wellness and Tasting Party Consultant

Posted on: June 11th, 2015

Meet Shelly Horswill! She hosts all tasting parties at Harvest with her great smile and welcoming personality. Shelly is our new Wellness and Tasting Party Consultant and also teaches yoga at Downward Dog. She offers delicious food ideas, beautiful presentations and best of all, education on the fabulous health benefits of fresh olive oil and aged balsamic. And it’s fun! Cheers!

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