Dried weeds, flowers and plants are an excellent way of
supplementing grocery store greens. They add fiber, balance the
amino acid content, provide the most bioavailable calcium. The
ground weeds flowers and plants are easy to mix with store bought
produce. They nutritionally similar to their non dried counterpart,
just minus most the water (dried plants are typically around 5%
water whereas their fresh counterpart is 95% water)
This blend of powders was developed for Russian Tortoises, but is
excellent for all grazing torts. It has been tested over the last 10
or so years on hatchlings and adults. By using this I have
eliminated the need to use any other supplements including calcium
powders. All ingredients were chosen for their health benefits,
palatability and nutritional content. The result is a mix with
balanced amino acids, high calcium and magnesium, low phosphorous
and high soluble and insouluble fiber.
barley grass powder:
Barley grass contains eighteen
amino acids, including the eight essential ones—that is, the
amino acids that we must get from our diet. The body cannot
produce them itself.
Roselle powder (Hibiscus):
Ground dried hibiscus flowers.
This is a course powder...not whole chunks Sprinkle a small amount
over food a few times a week. Great source of calcium !!
cactus powder (opuntia):
Opuntia cactus (nopales) is an
excellent food for reptiles. Its high in fiber and calcium and low
powdered orchard/Timothy grass hay: An excellent source of fiber
dandelion leaf powder: An excellent source of vitamin A,
calcium and magnesium. It is also an excellent source of
essential fatty acids.
plantain leaf powder:
another common weed used by many
for tortoises. Its high in calcium vitamin A (10,000IU/100g) and
calendula petal powder:
Calendula flowers are high in
Vitamins A & C. They also are known to boost immunity
chickweed powder: also
high in calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
rose petal powder: great source of calcium, vitamins A, B
complex, C, D, E, and iron. Also high in bioflavonoids
strawberry leaf powder:
great source of vitamin C,
calcium and fiber
raspberry leaf powder: great source of vitamin C, calcium
, bioflavinoids and fiber
mulberry leaf powder: high in vitamin C, antioxidents,
fiber and rich in a balanced blend of amino acids
rose hip powder: rich in vitamin C
Professional Grade Probiotics:
with 16 strains of
microencapsulated (so more survive the digestive process and end up
in the intestines where they are needed) beneficial bacteria. The
over all effect is to lower the gut pH which inhibits pathogenic
organisms and encourages the growth of the normal gut flora.