3 Reasons to Feed Your Dog Wheatgrass

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From a potent nutritional addition to potential cancer preventive, there are lots of reasons to feed you dog wheatgrass! It’s become an increasingly trendy ingredient in the human world, but many of those same benefits also apply to your dog. Lets take a look at the top evidence based benefits for giving it to your pup.

3 Reasons to Feed Your Dog Wheatgrass

  1. Rich in Nutrients and Antioxidants
  2. Reduces Inflammation
  3. May help prevent Cancer
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Nutritional Powerhouse

Wheatgrass is exactly what it sounds like - the young grass of a wheat plant. Like all plants it contains a large amount of beneficial chlorophyll, but unlike other plants it is also extremely nutrient dense. Wheatgrass contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and large amounts of chlorophyll (about 70%). It’s a great source of several difficult to obtain nutrients like magnesium, so it’s a great way to bolster your dogs diet.

It is also an excellent source of antioxidants, which help to reduce oxidative stress by neutralising free radicals. Interestingly, the research indicates that antioxidant supplementation is far less effective that obtaining it from food sources. This is exactly why whole food ingredients like wheatgrass are amazing!

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Inflammation Killer

Reducing inflammation is one of our primary goals at Whoa Nelly! because in our view it is the best way to improve the overall health of your dog. Caused by the immune system when it acts to protect the body against injury and infection, inflammation is completely normal. 

Chronic inflammation however, is incredibly damaging to the body. Research shows that inflammation causes and advances diseases including cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders. Wheatgrass contains properties that have been shown in several studies to be effective an anti-inflammatory agent, and so is thought to be able to help prevent these diseases.

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Cancer Prevention

It’s a bold statement to say that an ingredient has the potential to prevent cancer, but with cancer rates reaching epidemic proportions in dogs it is absolutely worth investigating. There are multiple studies which show that wheatgrass has both cancer preventative and an adjunct to cancer treatment benefits. Obviously more research needs to be done on this, but the initial findings are promising.

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Feeding At Home

Wheatgrass can be grown at home, or purchased in a powdered form. If you aren’t able to grow it yourself, we recommend buying a good quality organic product to ensure there are no chemical residues. There is very little dosage information out there but it is potent stuff so just feed a small amount, especially initially.

With no reported side effects and lots of potential health benefits, wheatgrass is a nutritional powerhouse that your dog will love! 

Jimi WallComment