35 percent of all human cancers can be attributed to dietary imbalances. An estimated 80 to 90 percent of all cancers are preventable by lifestyle choices.
It’s no different for your dog. A healthy diet is the first step toward cancer prevention. Simply avoiding toxins is not enough, as it’s important to give your dog the tools to not only dump carcinogens but to also boost the immune system so it can kill any newly created cancer cells.
Green Vegetables - Phytochemicals
A study conducted by researchers from Oregon State University has found that chlorophyll in green vegetables blocks the absorption of intensely carcinogenic aflatoxins (found in many kibbles, especially those containing corn). What this means is that green leafy vegetables and other sources of chlorophyll in your dog’s diet will help prevent this carcinogen and others from even entering the bloodstream.
Phytochemicals are organic compounds found in plants. They both prevent and fight disease and have been used as medicines for millennia. When Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine,” he probably never imagined his words would be proven in scientific laboratories 2,000 years later.
The phytonutrients in superfoods work within the body for a much longer time period than vitamins and minerals do. Organically grown fruits and vegetables give the best benefit because they are far richer in minerals and enzymes. They can be fed raw, lightly steamed or grated and mixed in your dog’s food.
Cancer in Dogs: Prevention with Vitamins
Vitamin D3 is a hormone and affects mood. It’s thought that one cause for Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter depression) in people is insufficient Vitamin D3. It’s also now thought that dogs are not getting all the D3 they need. I wonder if perhaps the increase in behavioural disorders such as separation anxiety, along with cancer, can in part be attributed to insufficient active D3.
The new kids on the block are the tocotrienols. Tocotrienols are the lesser-known forms of biologically active vitamin E. They’re powerful antioxidants and anticancer agents. A study published in a 2008 issue of the British Journal of Cancer found that they trigger cancer cell death and block the spread of cancer cells. In another study, published in a 2010 issue of Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers found that tocotrienols also decrease the invasion and spread of cancer cells.
What To Feed and Why
- Kale – rich in carotenoids, which scavenge free radicals (harmful by-products of cell metabolism in the body). Phytonutrients in kale clear carcinogenic substances out of cells.
- Broccoli – contains compounds that inhibit the effect of carcinogens and boost production of cancer blocking enzymes
- Cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, bok choi, turnips, rutabagas, mustard greens and Brussels sprouts – contain substances that demonstrate the genuine ability to protect your dog from cancer
- Blueberries and raspberries – rich in antioxidants
For Vitamin D3 – vital for immune function and cancer prevention:
- Palm fruit oil – protects against cancer in dogs as well as heart disease, boosts immunity, improves blood sugar control, aids in nutrient, vitamin and mineral absorption, supports healthy liver function and eye, bone and tooth health