here is a list of some foods that contain anticancer agents that are safe and healthy for your dog to eat.
Fish oil is ideal for dogs that are totally healthy, as well as those trying to limit the impact cancer can have on their body. Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D3, and is known to limit inflammation and potentially help slow the growth of cancerous tumors. For healthy dogs, fish oil promotes the development of a shinier coat and can prevent dry skin.1,2,3
Protein works to help your dog stay strong and healthy, as it goes directly to fueling your dog’s muscles to keep him physically fit, as well as boosting his immune system to protect him from other ailments. Protein is one of the most important parts of your dog’s diet when he doesn’t have cancer, and it becomes significantly more important if he has been diagnosed. cancerous tumors will feed on the protein your pet’s body builds on its own: its muscles. therefore, feeding a puppy with cancer more protein is a requirement for him to combat growth.1,3
Berries are packed with antioxidants, especially dark colored berries due to anthocyanins, pigments that give the darker color. Blueberries also contain ellagic acid which has properties that block metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer. Blackberries have ranked at the top of the USDA list of most antioxidant foods in the United States.1-6
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Broccoli was designed to be incredibly healthy, and thank goodness for that too. Due to a bit of human intervention in the domestication of a wild cabbage, we developed one of the healthiest and most impactful vegetables available. Broccoli is packed with fiber, calcium, potassium, protein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin D. It comes with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-allergic properties. Not to mention, broccoli also contains multiple biochemicals that have been shown to help support the immune system and fight cancer.1-6
pumpkin is a great source of beta-carotene and vitamin a, which act as antioxidants. Like the berries, the antioxidants in pumpkins help ward off free radical threats, which can include cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, cataracts, and cancer.1-3,6
Turmeric is gradually becoming a more widely known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient in the health food space, both for people and animals. It contains curcumin, which can work as a preventive and as a treatment for cancer. curcumin interferes with cancer development, and when turmeric and coconut oil are combined, it can increase the body’s absorption of curcumin.1,3,4,6
Coconut oil is an excellent source of healthy fatty acids for dogs and many puppies enjoy the taste. Natural fats can help your dog process nutrients from other foods, and coconut oil in particular contains plant sterols, which can mimic cholesterol and help block cholesterol absorption in the body. Coconut oil can also be applied to your dog’s skin as a moisturizer that can help protect against cancerous growths and eliminate precancerous lesions. Its antibacterial properties have also been shown to kill certain bacteria linked to higher rates of development of specific cancers.1,2,3
Apples are equipped with the ability to starve cancer cells with a 60% response rate in dog tests. they have an antiangiogenic property that prevents new blood vessels from forming from existing blood vessels, which is a common way cancer can develop into tumors.1,4,6
sweet potatoes are rich in nutrients: vitamins b6, c and d, minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, folate, copper and thiamin. and they are a great source of beta-carotene, which has been shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.2,4
Beets are rich in folic acid, potassium, fiber and beta-carotene. The fiber content is high and it is insoluble, which makes the body’s detoxification process more efficient and supports healthy liver functions. Along with beta-carotene, beets have the potential to prevent the formation of certain types of cancer while improving overall health.2
Asparagus is a great addition to your pet’s diet if you know they are regularly exposed to carcinogens, such as from cleaning products or lawn care practices. This is because asparagus contains a detoxifying compound called glutathione, which has the ability to break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds so they have a less damaging impact on the body.1,6
Green beans are a great source of vitamin A, C, and K, calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, protein, riboflavin, thiamin, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, and while not as good a source as other vegetables on this list, they do have cancer-preventing properties because of this. aside from cancer prevention, the number of health benefits of green beans make them worth adding.4
A variety of studies have shown that the flavonoids anthocyanidin and proanthocyanidin have the ability to reduce a tumor’s ability to multiply cells in the body. pomegranates are a great source of ellagic acid and those flavonoids, making them an excellent choice for limiting tumor growth.4
this list only covers the information that we know today and that which is available from reliable sources. And if you’re interested in the best way to share these foods with your pet, you can check out our post on safe and unsafe fruits and vegetables to share with your dog.
Any time you’re considering adding a new ingredient or changing your dog’s diet, be sure to check with your veterinarian about how to make the change correctly and the amounts your dog can safely consume. every dog is different, and the best source of guidance on your own dog’s health will be the veterinarian who knows your dog best.
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