3 Reasons To Feed Your Dog Moringa
Meet Moringa, the highly nutritious and sustainable food that’s amazing for dogs! It’s native to the area surrounding the Himalayas, so it’s no surprise that it’s been used in Aryuvedic medicine for centuries. And lucky for us there has been significant research into it’s health benefits.
3 REASONS TO FEED MORINGA
1 Protects joints and prevents arthritis
2 Powerful antioxidant
3 Helps fight cancer
While internet claims that it is the “most nutritious food on the planet” are not entirely true, Moringa is an extremely potent food containing large amounts of protein, iron, Vitamins B2, B6, C and magnesium. It’s fast growing and nearly the entire tree is used in traditional herbal medicine, so it is considered to be an eco-friendly plant.
Here’s a brief overview of the health benefits of feeding Moringa.
JOINT PAIN & ARTHRITIS
If you follow any of our work you know that reducing inflammation is the single biggest thing we can do to improve the health of our dogs. That’s because inflammation is linked with most chronic issues that dogs suffer from, and is why we put so much effort into providing anti-inflammatory foods in Nelly’s diet.
And you guessed it - Moringa is an amazing anti-inflammatory food!
One benefit of this is in protecting joints and reducing related pain. Research shows that Moringa has a considerable effect in preventing development of arthritis, and can also reduce its severity. This makes Moringa particularly useful for active and older dogs, but as always prevention is better than a cure.
It can also been shown to reduce the effects of inflammatory bowel disease (colitis). One study shows Moringa to be an effective treatment, even in low doses. More research is needed but Moringa’s anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcerative properties make it a very promising treatment for IBD conditions.
One of the key ways to prevent infections and degenerative disease is through antioxidants. These scavenge for free radicals, or unbalanced molecules which roam the body and cause damage. The antioxidants lend a spare electron to the unbalanced free radical, which effectively neutralises it.
Dealing with free radicals is a critical function, so we need to make sure that there are enough antioxidants to keep everything in balance. Dietary sources are important as there is evidence that suggests that antioxidants are more effective when obtained from food rather than supplementation.
Moringa is naturally loaded with antioxidants, particularly polyphenols but also vitamin C, beta-catorene, quercetin and chorogenic acid. It also contains quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that is linked to lowering blood pressure. These compounds also mean that Moringa increases the life of foods containing fats, which is all types of dog food!
There is also evidence that Moringa has anti-cancer properties. One study shows that Moringa has suppressive effects in colon cancer in mice and works as a chemopreventative agent. Another study demonstrated Moringa’s ability to delay tumour growth and increase the life span of cancer patients. As with everything cancer related more research is needed, but these studies are promising indeed.
So as you can see Moringa has earnt it’s classification as a superfood! It’s quite powerful so only a small amount should be included in the diet. Dosage amount can vary, but some sources recommend between 1/4 teaspoon for a small dog and 1 tablespoon for a large dog. Please remember that all dogs are different, so always consult your holistic vet or canine herbalist to determine the correct dosage for your dog.