Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:
In today’s world globalization of commerce, new and exciting products are being tested and utilized for animal's well being. Many of these products may be bought at local health food stores while some pet companies are starting to utilize them in pet foods, treats and supplements. Some of these incredible ingredients have been used for thousands of years for humans and pets. Let’s look at some of these intriguing and wonderful natural pet products.
Chia- Remember the old chia pet? Well this tiny morsel has an abundance of healthy nutrients and health benefits, including: natural omega- 3 fatty acid oils, antioxidants that may help against Diabetes Mellitus, Tumors and may be valuable against viral, fungal and bacterial problems. Chia is known to be a good source of fiber and protein. This is a gluten free product.
Fermented Wheat- Very unique structure that exerts different effects on uninfected and infected cells. It decreases both FIV and FeAdV producing capacity. Facilitating cell death of chronically infected cells is advantageous. Suppression of virus production, but maintenance of cell integrity in an acute infection is protective. In pets might contribute to evicting viral load, suppression and immune restoration, balance glucose levels. Activate and enforce NK killer cell activity.
Broccoli and Kale Sprouts- this amazing combination is being utilized as a cancer fighter. Recent tests have shown them to comprise an abundance of essential nutrients. Broccoli contains nutrients such as Vitamins A, B, C, E and K, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Carotene, Chlorophyll, Amino Acids, Trace Elements, Antioxidants- very high in the cancer fighting substance-Sulphoraphane
Kale Sprouts- has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any sprout or vegetable. Kale sprouts contains a significant amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, which can prevent eye problems- it's loaded with anti-cancer phytochemicals, including high levels of Sulhoraphane. Kale sprouts also contain calcium, b-vitamins, fiber and chlorophyll.
Acai Berry- These are some of the benefits of this good tasting berry. High Orac value which transposes into high antioxidant activity. Acai has been shown to have a steady stream of beneficial effects on body systems. Acai contains a substance called Anthocyanins and flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life's environmental toxins. They also play a role in the body's cell protection system. Free radicals are harmful byproducts produced by the body. By lessening the destructive power of free radicals, antioxidants may help reduce the risk of some diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
Specialized Sweet Potato- this remarkable nutrient is grown in a small area in the U.S. It has amazing health benefits including 3 times more antioxidant power than known berries, a high amount of Vitamin C, low in sugar and has a good amount of Vitamin A and minerals.
Yumberry- this custard-tasting berry is rich in many vitamins such as Vitamin C and OPCs- these compounds have been found to strengthen capillaries. Yumberry also contains extra benefits such as fighting free radicals, lowering bad cholesterol, fighting arthritic inflammation and may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and protect against urinary tract infections.
Banaba-has long been used in the Philippines as an aid for managing blood sugar. Interestingly, scientists have now found that Banaba leaves are in fact high in corosolic acid, which is sometimes referred to as "plant insulin." This acid, along with several other constituents of Banaba, encourages the use of glucose as fuel and produces insulin-like effects. Therefore, Banaba may be very helpful for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
Cili Fruit- What a name! I call it “Silly Fruit’. Cili Fruit contains an abundant source of vitamin C. Cili contains other valuable antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin E, polyphenols, polysaccharides, carotenoids, roxburghic acids, and Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), another potent antioxidant! Cili also contains vitamin B complex and tannic acid, as well as essential amino acids and trace elements such as selenium and zinc. In addition, Cili is a source of essential fatty acids, which are rarely found in fruit! Cili fruit works synergistically to support healthy capillaries and collagen in skin, joints, and tendons.
Fedegoso- this Amazonian tree’s benefits have been utilized since the 9th century. The leaf extract helps the liver eliminate toxins, helps normalize liver enzymes and helps revitalize the liver. Immune stimulation activity can protect against bacterial and fungal problems. Fedegoso may help damaged liver cells from turning into cancerous ones.
Cipo Cabeludo- Another wonderful herb from our South American family is known on a global scale as a superior diuretic. Cipo Cabeludo is being utilized for urinary tract problems, kidney stones, helping to lower uric acid levels and pain relief. Many countries are using Cipo Cabeludo for kidney problems. Cipo contains coumarin and may have beneficial effects on a broad range of bacteria. In 2000, a Japanese company tested this herb and found that 4 elements of the herb showed activity against leukemia cells.
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This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of www.doctorsfinest.com. (Pet Assure customers receive a 15% discount on products at doctorsfinest.com by entering coupon code PA-03.) Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.