According to a recent scientific study, adding fresh fruits & vegetables to your dog’s diet can decrease their risk of cancer by 65%.
THAT’S RIGHT, 65 PERCENT.
The even better news is that it’s relatively easy to incorporate these foods into your dog’s diet (shameless plug: PetPlate makes it even easier!). To keep your life simple, we went ahead and compiled a list of 5 fresh human foods you can add to your dog’s bowl to help them live a longer and healthier life.
An apple a day...Apples are known to slow and sometimes even shrink cancer by taking advantage of angiogenesis – blood vessel growth from pre-existing vessels to new vessels. Studies have shown that apples contain anti-angiogenic nutrients that slow the growth of new blood vessels and can show a 60% response rate in dog tumor cells. Just remember to take out the seeds (as well as the skins)!
As cancerous tumors grow, they produce free radicals. These free radicals produce ionizing radiation that damages our healthier cells. However, antioxidants in blueberries – ellagic acid in particular - can effectively neutralize free radicals.
Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Similar to blueberries, the antioxidants help stop the proliferation of free radicals. And better yet, cauliflower is great source of fiber for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
Pumpkins contain antioxidants like zinc, manganese, and other great acids similar to those found in blueberries and cauliflower. Pumpkin, also like cauliflower, is a great source of fiber, and a tasty treat (not trick) for your best friend!
Broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage contain glucosinolates, the sulfur-containing chemicals that help to eliminate potential carcinogens from the body. They act in ways that prevent normal cells from being transformed into cancerous cells.
BONUS: #6 BUTTERNUT SQUASH
Butternut squash is high in antioxidant beta-carotene, which may prevent certain cancers and heart disease. In addition, this super fruit is packed with phytonutrients, which are plant-based nutrients that have been shown to provide health benefits related to cellular function, the immune system, and detoxification.
EXTRA BONUS: #7 FISH OIL
Fish Oil (specifically Omega-3 fatty acids) is a great cancer fighter since it been shown to prevent the development of carcinogen-induced tumors, the growth of solid tumors, as well metastatic disease. That's because cancer cells have a difficult time turning fat cells into energy. Studies have also shown that Omega-3 oil can normalize elevated blood lactic acid and insulin levels in non-malignant dogs. There, we’ve said it - BRING ON THE FAT!
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