― Ann Wigmore
The exact same principal goes for every living creature on Planet Earth, including our beloved dogs! We love our four-legged family members dearly, and we want them to live as long as possible. We also want them to be free of disease and illness, and thriving with vibrancy and vigor. To achieve this, we need only look to what we are feeding our dogs.
Research provides an important role in helping us determine which food has the greatest health benefits, and which are nutritional powerhouses. From that research, I have compiled a list of what is known across the world to be excellent superfoods for our dogs!
Curcumin is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in Turmeric, giving it the vibrant yellow color we all recognize. There are thousands of peer-reviewed, published biomedical studies proving it's efficiency as an anti-inflammatory with anti cancer properties! Curcumin is an antioxidant that improves brain function, supports a healthy heart, slows aging, and helps lessen the symptoms of allergies. Learn more here!
DOSAGE: 200mg per 10lbs of weight.
Kelp is a nutritional powerhouse which also contains Iodine (a nutrient usually lacking in dog food) that every dog can benefit from! Kelp has all the essential nutrients to support healthy skin and fur, and with that it can help alleviate symptoms of allergies. Kelp is a powerful antioxidant with a high mineral content! Learn more about Kelp here!
DOSAGE: 1/4 tsp for 20lbs of weight.
Omega fatty acids are extremely important to add to every type of diet. Omega fatty acids are abundant in fish oils, krill oil, seed (flax, chia, hemp) and plant oils. They are vitally important for brain function, joint support, and heart health, and are a powerful tool for improving skin and coat condition! New research has shown that omega fatty acids can be a powerful tool against Lymphoma! OFAs are anti-inflammatory, too!
DOSAGE: 150mg per 10lbs of weight.
This highly nutritious white fish is flavorful and full of omega fatty acids! Due to its small size, it has a lot less mercury than larger fish. Along with OFAs, sardines also contains Coenzyme Q10 - which plays a significant role in supporting heart health and circulation. Sardines contain minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium), taurine, Vitamins D, B3, B6, B12 and trace minerals (iodine, manganese, copper, selenium, zinc, iodine, manganese, copper, selenium, zinc)!
This shellfish is another nutritional powerhouse, and is often recommended to fill in nutritional gaps in any diet. Mussels are low calorie, high protein, full of healthy fats and packed with vitamins and minerals! Mussels are a great source of Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, and Iron. They are also high in Selenium! Dogs have a very high amino acid requirement, and mussels are rich in amino acids.
TURKEY TAIL MUSHROOM
Used as a cancer treatment in other countries, this medicinal mushroom works wonders inside the body. Due to the beta-D-glucans Polysaccharide-K (PSK) and polysaccharide-P (PSP), can trigger immune changes that restore a healthy immune system. It can also down-regulate the inflammatory response in an over active immune system. They also activate macrophages which are responsible for attacking bacteria, viruses and cancer cells. In summary, Turkey Tail mushrooms can restore proper immune system response, slow the spreading of cancer, and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines.
The majority of organ meats (sometimes referred to as Offal) are more nutrient-dense than muscle meat. They are particularly rich in B-vitamins, such as vitamin B12 and folate. They are also rich in iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. They also contain vitamins A, D, E and K. Organs (such as liver, heart, kidney, tripe, brain) are inexpensive, which makes them a very efficient way to boost the nutrition in your dog's diet.
Bone Broth is one of the most ancient remedies for sick humans and animals alike. It is a hearty broth full of easily digestible nutrients which is made from marrow-rich bones. Bone Broth is extremely beneficial for sick or elderly dogs, but can provide a ton of nutrition and joint support for healthy adult dogs too! Click here to learn how to make bone broth right at home.
The antioxidant powerhouse that can protect the body from AND reduce the oxidative damage, Blueberries has the highest amount of antioxidants out of all foods. This delicious fruit can protect against aging and cancer (research here), prevent and fight heart disease (research here), can help reduce muscle damage from physical activity (research here), and can improve brain function and memory (research here).
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of Vitamin E (source), which tends to be lacking in the majority of pet diets. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants, omega 3, protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, folic acid, and Vitamin A. These nutritious seeds also have a ton of fiber to support a healthy gut microbiome and improve issues with constipation. They are best fed when soaked in water overnight, then dehydrated, then ground into a fine powder.
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