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Reishi Mushroom and Your Dog

Reishi Mushroom and Your Dog Reishi mushrooms, known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, have been used in Chinese medicine for over two thousand years. They are now globally known as one of the most medically important fungi. This potency is due to the scope of the active ingredients naturally found in these mushrooms, which all act independently and give these fascinating plants a huge range of biological impacts. Reishi mushrooms are used in canine medicine to support the immune system. Dogs, incurably curious as they are, often find themselves eating or interacting with a whole host of things no sensible human would touch. With that in mind, the immunosupportive nature of these mushrooms is a key benefit of reishi for...

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Essential Amino Acids and the Canine Gut

The canine gastro-intestinal tract is a battle ground, with the body having to fight off potential invaders, whilst still absorbing the nutrition essential to thrive and survive. With an often-unscrupulous canine diet to take into account, this fight can often be hard fought! The battle is conducted on two fronts, with both immune and non-immune factors playing an active role.Non-immune factors are the most important, providing the primary defence for canine guts against potentially harmful pathogens such as E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter. These critical non-immune factors include: A high cell turnover. The cells lining the gut, called enterocytes, are shed at a rate of 100000 every 30 seconds. That means the entire gut lining is replaced every three days!...

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Turmeric: Natures Anti-inflammatory

Turmeric has long been used as a favourite ingredient in global cooking, especially in India as the spice that gives curry its distinctive yellow colour. Turmeric however has been proven to be much more than just a simple way to jazz up a recipe and has been used medicinally for years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Turmeric is full of a compound know as curcumin, and it is this molecule which gives turmeric its wide range of useful properties for animal and human health. “Curcumin’s diverse array of molecular targets affords it great potential as a therapeutic agent for a variety of inflammatory conditions.” – Jurenka 2009 Most of these properties stem from the fact curcumin can act both as...

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The Benefits of Chlorella for Dogs

Chlorella is defined as any freshwater, unicellular green algae. When the "cracked cell"  or thin wall form is used, studies indicate Chlorella holds great promise as a nutritional supplement, as well as in the prevention and treatment of infections and diseases. As with many natural human products, the excitement about this nutrient-dense super food has extended to pets. Cultivated, organic Chlorella has the potential to notably improve the health of dogs. Does My Dog Need a Natural Supplement? Adding natural supplements to your dog's diet is beneficial no matter what, or how, you feed them. "Every pet can benefit from a good natural vitamin-mineral supplement," says Shawn Messonnier, DVM. "No diet is perfect and using this supplement assures us that...

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Bone Broth Protein for Dogs

This “It” ingredient of a several food-oriented lifestyle movements (Paleo, organic, whole food, and preindustrial to name a few) may be just what you and your dog’s diet needs. This natural source of vital minerals and bone and joint-building nutrients has been used for thousands of years around the world. Hippocrates made mention of its various benefits in and outside of the kitchen.i Evidence of the first broths from the Paleolithic era reveal broth was made in animal stomachs by adding hot rocks to a mixed bag of meat, bones, and wild vegetables. Most recently, the LA Lakers under the instruction of Dr. Cate Shanahan, a Cornell University alum and nutritionist have made bone broth a regular part of their...

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