Herbs and Spices
Turmeric is high in fiber, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, rich in vitamins and minerals and offers protection against anemia, arthritis, cancer, stroke (cardiovascular health), neuritis, memory disorders.
If your dog is overweight you might want to try adding either turmeric or curcumin to his/her daily diet...new research by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that curcumin helps to speed up metabolism...
Rosemary is high in fiber, rich in vitamins, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti fungal, anti-septic, disease preventing and health promoting properties.
Parsley is high in fiber, rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals which help fight cancer and enhance the functioning of all organs. It also helps the body pass toxins and fights bad breath.
Ginger is an anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, carminative. Ginger also helps in the absorption of food stuff - thereby helping to keep your dog’s teeth clean and helping with digestion. Ginger also helps in treating nausea such as motion sickness. Ginger helps boost healthy blood circulation, so it is very helpful for a dog that is prone to vascular damage of the extremities. (i.e. Frostbite)
Garlic You may have heard that garlic is bad for dogs. Well, garlic has been used for many years by holistic veterinarians. The confusion about whether garlic is good or bad seems to have arisen from confusion with its close cousin, the onion. Both garlic and onion contain thiosulphate, the substance responsible for causing ‘Heinx Factor’ anemia in dogs. However the amount of thiosulphate found in garlic is much lower than in onions, in fact the amount in garlic is barely traceable! The fear of garlic is a new one - propagated by rumor on the internet and not proven by any facts or study. When garlic is ingested in reasonable amounts there are no harmful affects, but there are plenty of beneficial qualities...
Garlic contains germanium - an anti-cancer agent; Garlic helps to regulate blood pressure; Helps strengthen the body's defences against allergies; Helps regulate blood sugar levels; Garlic is high in vitamins, minerals and nutrients: Calcium, Potassium, Zinc; Protein; Vitamin A, B, B2, C; Garlic is an aid to fighting and treating: Diabetes; Liver, heart and kidney disease; Garlicisa natural flea repellent and de-wormer. Please do not add garlic in a mixed form to your dogs diet (i.e. garlic steak spice - this is not pure garlic and can make your dog very ill). When I refer to garlic I am talking about garlic in its pure form - garlic cloves. A safe dosage for garlic is 1 clove/30lbsof body weight per day. You can also use dried, ground garlic.
Flax Seeds are rich in omega-3 and fatty acids, anti-oxidants, nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimal health. Flax seeds also help pass toxins out of the body. There are two types of flax seeds - brown and yellow (golden), both are similar in nutritional value.
Cinnamon is an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-septic, warming and soothing, calming, carminative (anti-flatulent).Cinnamon is said to have one of the highest anti-oxidant levels of all food sources. Cinnamon can help remove the aflatoxins present in foods. Cinnamon is also good for keeping teeth clean and fighting bad breath. I use the powder form ( ground cinnamon).
Basil is rich in essential vitamins, minerals, phyto-nutrients, electrolytes and oils that are essential for optimal health. Basil is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant. Basil is well known for its multiple disease preventing and health promoting properties.