Help prevent cancer with broccoli for dogs. Don't throw away those broccoli stalks! Add them to your dogs food instead to help promote optimum antioxidant activity.
Eating healthy food is the easiest, most natural way to fight cancer causing free radicals in your body and to prevent damage from oxidation. Antioxidants are a necessity for every diet – including your dogs!
Broccoli is good for humans and dogs, too! Adding broccoli stalks to your dog’s food will help prevent cancer, the leading disease killer of dogs, and help promote optimum antioxidant activity.
Advertising for dry pet foods shouts at us that we will find everything our animals will need inside that attractive bag with the beautiful pictures of meats, vegetables, and fruits labeled “natural!” This would be great, but it’s impossible. No matter how good the ingredients are in a bag of dog food, it is still a highly processed, grain-based food, lacking in live, whole nutrients.
If we follow the conventional advice, “never feed people food or table scraps to your dogs”, our dogs will never eat any of those whole foods we know to be critical for fighting cancer and promoting a healthy immune system: vegetables and fruits in their original forms. This advice is not only out of date -- if we follow it we will be doing direct harm to our dogs. Would we feed our children nothing but dry food in a bag? Dogs are mammals just like us, with the same needs for fresh food.
Even the best of dry pet foods, those that are made out of basic ingredients that are of human-edible quality, are made with synthetic vitamins and minerals. These incomplete, unnatural forms of vitamins and minerals do not provide the level of nutrition required to live a long, healthy life. In addition, the main ingredient in dry food, some form of grain, is not the best food for dogs or cats. Digestion of this highly processed food puts a burden on the body that can be lightened considerably by the addition of some live, whole foods.
For almost no cost and little effort, you can improve the odds that
your dog will live a long life. For the most micronutrients for your
dollar, juice or finely chop a broccoli stalk to break the cell wall of
the plant and make the nutrients more available. The stalk has just as
much nutrition as the broccoli flower and is often thrown away. It
contains many important cancer-fighting nutrients that can help your dog
Broccoli stalks, dark green lettuce outer leaves and asparagus spear
stalks are good sources of chlorophyll, like all dark green vegetables.
Natural chlorophylls exert protective effects against carcinogen
exposure in animals and people. Human studies in China show that
chlorophyll may help to delay the onset of symptoms of liver cancer
caused by mycotoxin-contaminated grains. It is well documented that
mycotoxin-contaminated grains have killed many dogs.
Bright green vegetables like broccoli for dogs should be given several times a week. Juiced or chopped very finely, these green vegetables provide cancer fighting and immune system enhancing ingredients that can be found only in fresh foods. In order to keep the proper nutrient balance limit the total amount of the foods you add (unless you add raw bones) to dry food to about 15% by volume for dogs. Broccoli for dogs is just one example: there are other good possibilities in the refrigerator of anyone who tries to feed their family a healthy diet that consists mostly of a variety of fresh foods.
If your dog or cat eats grass that has not been sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, or other poisons, consider it food (as long as she doesn’t throw up on your carpet!). Foods like grasses contain cellulose, which may not be completely digested (and you may see the grass unchanged in the dog’s feces), but they are of great value in helping to maintain the bacterial balance in the intestines, helping the “good” occupants of the gut to survive. Fresh grass also provides chlorophyll, vitamin C, and hundreds of other antioxidants and enzymes. Do not let your dog or cat eat grass that has been exposed to chemicals. If the grass is in the woods, it is probably “clean”. If the grass is part of a farm or suburban “perfect lawn,” try to prevent your dog from eating it (or walking on it).
Adding broccoli for dogs may curb that need for grass too.
This information comes from Steve Brown and Beth Taylor, co-authors of See Spot Live Longer.
where they give you advice on how to add other important nutrients to
your dog’s diet. For little cost of time or money, you can add priceless
nutrition (like broccoli for dogs) and know that you’ll have a much
better chance of keeping your dog around for a long time.