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Mega List Of 30 Herbs Found Beneficial For High Blood Pressure

Mega List of 30 Herbs Found Beneficial For High Blood Pressure
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Hypertension (HTN), aka high blood pressure, is a chronic medical condition that has been associated with a high-salt diet, emotional stress, alcohol, smoking, inactivity, and caffeine. This disease is also linked to other conditions such as congestive heart failure, stroke, aneurysm, kidney malfunction, and blindness.

Dietary and lifestyle changes and medicines may help you control your blood pressure and reduce the risk of associated health complications. Orthodox medicine prescribes medications for blood pressure control, however, some of these medicines are expensive and have been noted for side effects. However numerous alternative medicines exist; notably plants or herbs found by research to have hypotensive and antihypertensive therapeutic values.

Here is a “master list” of medicinal plants and health foods that have been scientifically studied and are reported to have hypotensive and antihypertensive effects.

1. Garlic

This herb contains an active compound called allicin which gives its characteristic odor and many of its healing benefits. Garlic’s antioxidative and antihypertensive effect has been proven by a 2008 study [1] published in the journal BMC Cardiovascular Disorders that found the effectiveness of garlic in reducing BP in individuals with HTN.

2. Celery

Celery is a diuretic which enhances the excretion of sodium and chloride in the urine and may explain the herb’s effect on blood pressure. It is one of the herbs cited by an Indian study [2] that have uses related to the symptoms of hypertension.

3. Ginger

Commonly used in Asian cooking, ginger may help control blood pressure and improve blood circulation. The blood pressure-lowering effect of ginger was confirmed by Ghayur and Gilani [3] in a study that first appeared in the January 2005 issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. This research was done on rats. There are still few human trials for the hypotensive effect of ginger.

4. Basil

Extract of basil has been shown to have a hypertensive effect, although only briefly. It causes a fall in blood pressure in a dose-dependent manner. Its cardiovascular effect is linked to eugenol, an essential oil [4] that offers a transient reduction in arterial blood pressure.

5. Tomato

This fruit is rich in lycopene, beta-carotene, and vitamin E, which are known as effective antioxidants. A 2006 study [5] showed the correlation between a short-treatment with antioxidant-rich tomato extract and reduced blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

6. Flaxseed

This annual herb has omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to lower blood pressure. Many studies had posited the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on hypertensive patients and those with high-normal blood pressure including one by Mori [6] who published his work in the journal Cellular and Molecular Biology in February 2010.

7. French Lavender

This culinary herb contains oil that can also induce relaxation and lower blood pressure. Its crude extract has been reported to reduce BP in a 2007 study [7] conducted on rats. French lavender is a culinary herb whose flowers are also used in baked goods.

8. Carrot

Carrots are high in beta-carotene and potassium, a nutrient that is shown to be effective in reducing high blood pressure [8] . Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant which helps fight disease.

9. Cinnamon

Consuming this tasty herb everyday can lower blood pressure in people with diabetes, according to studies. This has been proven by a 2013 study [9] that discovered the association between consumption of cinnamon and reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with type-2 diabetes. Instead of using sugar, you add a dash of cinnamon to your coffee in the morning for a unique taste.

10. Ginkgo Biloba

This herb is rich in antioxidants, terpenoids, and flavonoids, which are not only good for your heart but are also known to lower blood pressure. The antihypertensive effect of ginkgo along with prescribed medications was posited by the University of Maryland Medical Center. [10] However, the institution advises the need of monitoring by a healthcare provider.

11. Indian Snakeroot aka. Rauwolfia Serpentina

This tropical plant has been used for years as a traditional medicine for ailments related to the heart. It contains high levels of alkaloid reserpine [11] , a powerful compound for normal heart function. Indian snakeroot leaves are useful when high blood pressure is due to anxiety or stress.

12. Olives

This herb has been widely used in traditional remedies as herbal teas and extracts in European and Mediterranean countries. It contains a compound known as oleuropein which possesses a wide range of pharmacological and health-promoting properties including hypotensive effect [12] .

13. Onions

This spice is rich in quercetin which is an antioxidant flavonol found to prevent heart disease and stroke. Quercetin supplementation was found to reduce blood pressure in hypertensive people by a 2007 study [13] by Edwards and colleagues.

14. Oregano

Carvacrol is a powerful compound that has been proven to be effective against blood pressure. Oregano is rich in this compound which was also found to reduce heart rate and systolic and diastolic blood pressures. [14]

15. Dandelion

Found in temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America, this hardy herb has a high concentration of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and sodium. Its roots and leaves produce a substance called mannitol [15] which is used as a treatment for hypertension.

16. Parsley

Cultivated since ancient times, this diuretic herb is utilized either as a medicine or food. Parsley contains compounds such as flavonoids, carotenoids, and glucosides. You can make a tea [16] from the herb’s seed as a treatment for high blood pressure.

17. Lemon Grass

This plant has no cholesterol and is low in calories, making it a beneficial flavoring for cooking and tea. Lemon grass is also a detoxifier that contains a compound called citral [17] which removes excess cholesterol, fats, and uric acid.

18. Cilantro aka. Coriander

Cilantro is used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. This herb has been reported to exhibit antioxidant properties. Its extracts showed diuretic effects as well, which would complement the treatment and management of hypertension. [18]

19. Tea

Tea has anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and anti-hypertensive effects, according to several studies. One study [19] noted the hypotensive action offered by tea. Another study demonstrated green tea’s [20] ability to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

20. Saffron

The medicinal values of saffron [21] have been sought for over four millennia. Recent studies support the use of saffron for anti-hypertensive benefits. One was conducted in 2015 that showed the normalizing effect of safranal [22] , the main component of saffron oil, on blood pressure in chronic administration.

21. King Of Bitters

This plant – Andrographis paniculata – has been part of Southeast Asian traditional medicine as a treatment for colds. Its extracts were found to contain several compounds that induce dramatic hypotensive effects. [23]

22. Hibiscus

Also sometimes known as Roselle – this plant is used for hypertension, fever, and other diseases in folk medicine. Its buds, flowers, leaves, and petals have varied applications in cooking, personal care, and health. The antihypertensive effect of hibiscus was confirmed by a 2007 study. [24]

23. Black Cumin

This spice is an important kitchen item in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In addition to being effective against diabetes, black cumin also has an antihypertensive role. Thymoquinone is a bioactive component that contributes to its healing effects. [25]

24. Ginseng

Several studies confirmed the efficacy of this plant in causing [26] a significant decrease in systemic and diastolic blood pressures. Ginseng’s hypotensive effect is linked to an improvement in arterial functions.

25. Chinese Sage

This traditional Chinese herb is commonly used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Its antihypertensive effect is widely supported by recent studies including a 2011 research [27] published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

26. Chinese Goldthread

Widely used in Chinese folk medicine, this plant contains a compound called berberine which has the ability to lower blood pressure. This hypotensive action was confirmed by Affuso et. al. [28] in a 2010 study published in the World Journal of Cardiology.

27. Cardamom

This seasoning from India has been demonstrated to have antioxidant properties. A study that used powdered cardamom [29] for its participants daily saw significant reductions in their blood pressure readings.

28. Cat’s Claw

This herbal medicine is used in traditional Chinese practice to treat hypertension. One study linked the plant’s hypotensive activity to a compound called hirsutine [30] .

29. Black Plum

Researchers found out that oral administration [31] of the extract of this plant had a hypotensive effect on the blood pressure of rats. The extract reduced both the systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

30. Mistletoe

The aqueous extracts of this plant were studied if it could produce an antihypertensive effect without alteration in heart rate. This 2006 study [32] highlighted the therapeutic action offered by prolonged administration of the extract on cholesterol level.


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[2] Somanadhan B et. al. 1999. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. An ethnopharmacological survey for potential angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors from Indian medicinal plants https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10465650

[3] Ghayur MN and Gilani AH. 2005. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. Ginger lowers blood pressure through blockade of voltage-dependent calcium channels https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15613983/

[4] Babar A et. al. 2015. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine. Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2221169115001033

[5] Engelhard YN et. al. 2006. American Heart Journal. Natural antioxidants from tomato extract reduce blood pressure in patients with grade-1 hypertension: a double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16368299/

[6] Mori TA. 2010. Cellular and Molecular Biology. Omega-3 fatty acids and blood pressure https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20196972

[7] Gilani AH et. al. 2000. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Ethnopharmacological evaluation of the anticonvulsant, sedative and antispasmodic activities of Lavandula stoechas L. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10904159/

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[9] Akilen R et. al. 2012. Nutrition. Effect of short-term administration of cinnamon on blood pressure in patients with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23867208

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[11] Jerie P. 2007. Casopis Lekaru Ceskych. [Milestones of cardiovascular therapy. IV. Reserpine] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17722843/

[12] Ben Salem M et. al. 2014. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. Pharmacological Activities of Olea europaeaLeaves http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfpp.12341/abstract

[13] Edwards RL et. al. 2007. The Journal of Nutrition. Quercetin reduces blood pressure in hypertensive subjects https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17951477

[14] Aydin Y et. al. 2007. Planta Medica. Hypotensive effects of carvacrol on the blood pressure of normotensive rats https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17924312

[15] Andrews RJ et. al. 1993. Surgical Neurology. Effects of mannitol on cerebral blood flow, blood pressure, blood viscosity, hematocrit, sodium, and potassium https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8456386

[16] Bahar Z et. al. 2013. African Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Herbal Therapies Used by Hypertensive Patients in Turkey https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746576/

[17] Devi RC et. al. 2012. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Effect of Cymbopogon citratus and Citral on Vascular Smooth Muscle of the Isolated Thoracic Rat Aorta https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22675383/

[18] Jabeen Q et. al. 2009. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Coriander fruit exhibits gut modulatory, blood pressure lowering and diuretic activities https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146935/

[19] Deka A and Vita JA. 2011. Pharmacological Research. Tea and cardiovascular disease https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21477653/

[20] Nagao et. al. 2007. Obesity. A green tea extract high in catechins reduces body fat and cardiovascular risks in humans https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17557985/

[21] Srivastava R et. al. 2010. Pharmacognosy Reviews. Crocus sativus L.: A comprehensive review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22228962/

[22] Imenshahidi M et. al. 2015. Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. The effect of chronic administration of safranal on systolic blood pressure in rats https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25901167/

[23] Awang K et. al. 2012. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Cardiovascular activity of labdane diterpenes from Andrographis paniculata in isolated rat hearts https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22536026/

[24] Herrera-Arellano A et. al. 2007. Planta Medica. Clinical effects produced by a standardized herbal medicinal product of Hibiscus sabdariffa on patients with hypertension. A randomized, double-blind, lisinopril-controlled clinical trial https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17315307/

[25] Khattab MM and Nagi MN. 2007. Phytotherapy Research. Thymoquinone supplementation attenuates hypertension and renal damage in nitric oxide deficient hypertensive rats https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17236176/

[26] Rhee MY et. al. 2014. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. Blood pressure lowering effect of Korea ginseng derived ginseol K-g1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24871654/

[27] Ng CF et. al. 2011. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. The anti-hypertensive effect of Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) and Gegen (Pueraria lobata) formula in rats and its underlying mechanisms of vasorelaxation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21855622/

[28] Affuso F et. al. 2010. World Journal of Cardiology. Cardiovascular and metabolic effects of Berberine https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21160701/

[29] Verma SK et. al. 2009. Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Blood pressure lowering, fibrinolysis enhancing and antioxidant activities of cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20361714

[30] Horie S et. al. 1992. Life Sciences. Effects of hirsutine, an antihypertensive indole alkaloid from Uncaria rhynchophylla, on intracellular calcium in rat thoracic aorta https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1311793

[31] Ladeji O et. al. 2005. Pytotherapy Research. Activity of aqueous extract of the bark of Vitex doniana on uterine muscle response to drugs https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16220576

[32] Ben EE et. al. 2006. Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences. Increased plasma total cholesterol and high density lipoprotein levels produced by the crude extract from the leaves of Viscum album (mistletoe) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17242719

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10 Insane Home Remedies You Probably Never Knew About

10 Insane Home Remedies You Probably Never Knew About
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These easy and surprising natural remedies could save you from spending on pricey modern medicines… just don’t get caught by your friends. More and more people are finding out that these old-fashioned, natural, and home-made remedies could be alternatives to toxic over-the-counter or prescription medicines.

1. Vodka For Foot Odor

Soak your feet in a basin of water with vodka to destroy the odor-causing bacteria and fungus. Vodka is an antiseptic [1] due to its high alcohol content which ranges between 30% and 60%. It dries out the moisture that let fungus and bacteria grow.

2. Pencil For Tension Headaches

A tension headache arises when you are stressed or anxious. According to Dr. Fred Sheftel, director of the New England Center for Headache, you can prevent the pain caused by a headache by putting a pencil [2] between your teeth. This relaxes your jaw muscle which is strained when you have a tension headache.

3. Black Tea Tannins for Sunburn

Oversteep some black tea until the water is almost black. Let it cool before you apply the tea to your sunburn. The tannins can soothe the sun-burnt skin, speed up the recovery, and reduce peeling. This has been confirmed by a study [3] published by Pharmacology Review.

4. Yogurt For Bad Breath

A study shows that you can keep your breath fresh by daily consumption of yogurt. Odor-causing compounds such as hydrogen sulfide are reduced by eating this dairy product. Yogurt is a probiotics [4] that inhibits the proliferation of volatile sulfur compounds.

5. Mint For Fatigue

A well-known mouth and breath freshener, mint offers relief from nausea, depression, fatigue, and headache. A Japanese study [5] revealed the effectiveness of a mint chewing gum in improving the levels of anxiety, mood, and fatigue.

6. Chicken Soup For Colds

The therapeutic efficacy of chicken soup is a widely debated topic, but several studies have affirmed its positive effect on colds. One study highlighted the soup’s anti-inflammatory effect [6] as one of the mechanisms by which the soup could be a remedy for symptomatic upper respiratory tract infections whose symptoms include sneezing and runny nose.

7. Cranberry Juice For Urinary Tract Infection

Regular consumption of cranberry juice could be an easy and inexpensive way to treat urinary tract infection. However, there are no randomized studies supporting the effectiveness of cranberry juice for the prevention of UTI. But one study presented that cranberries could be a preventive measure [7] for lower UTI.

8. Lemon Balm Tea For Cold Sores

Lemon balm has antiviral properties that make it as a first-choice herbal treatment for cold sores. Lemon balm tea is prepared by brewing the herb in boiling water. Let the tea cool and dab the cold sores with a cotton ball several times a day. The antiviral effect [8] of lemon balm was proven by a 2008 study published in the journal Phytomedicine.

9. Olive Oil For Eczema

Apply the olive oil directly to the irritated areas to soothe the flare-ups caused by the skin disease. Olive oil is packed with antioxidants [9] that can reduce the inflammation associated with eczema.

10. Clove Oil For Toothache

Clove oil is a natural remedy for a toothache. Apply one or two drops of clove oil directly on your tooth as a means of pain control. Swallowing the oil is not advised since it can irritate your stomach. The analgesic effect [10] of the extracts of clove oil was proven by a 2013 study that appeared in the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine.


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[3] Radava R. Korac and Kapil M. Khambholja. 2011. Potential of herbs in skin protection from ultraviolet radiation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3263051/

[4] Pandey V et al. 2015. Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry. Probiotics: Healthy bugs and nourishing elements of diet https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4415334/

[5] Sasaki-Otomaru A et al. 2011. Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health. Effect of Regular Gum Chewing on Levels of Anxiety, Mood, and Fatigue in Healthy Young Adults https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3158435/

[6] Rennard BO et al. 2000. Chest. Chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11035691

[7] Hisano M et al. 2012. Clinics. Cranberries and lower urinary tract infection prevention https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3370320/

[8] Schnitzler P et al. 2008. Phytomedicine. Melissa officinalis oil affects infectivity of enveloped herpes viruses https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18693101

[9] Vissers MN et al. 2004. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Bioavailability and antioxidant effects of olive oil phenols in humans: a review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15164117

[10] Asl MK et al. 2013. Analgesic effect of the aqueous and ethanolic extracts of clove https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4075701/

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31 Healthiest Foods For Dogs

31 Healthiest Foods For Dogs
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Which fresh, frozen, and canned foods that you typically consume are also safe for your dogs to eat? There is a mega-list of human foods that your beloved canine can have beside the same boring dog food he probably eats every day.

Though giving your furry friend “people food” remains a highly debatable topic, you and your pet share several common delectable items that are nutritious and can help fight disease, boost the animal’s energy, and maintain his overall health.

1. Pasta

Pasta is made from flour, water, and sometimes eggs which are safe for your dog. You can try any kind of pasta but the whole grain variety should be on top of your list next time you go to the supermarket. Whole grains play an important role [1] in lowering the risk of diabetes and cancer as well as in gastrointestinal health.

2. Sweet Potatoes

This root crop is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins B6 and C, beta-carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are very affordable and can be fried or steamed as a chewy treat for your dog. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and B6. Studies have shown that orange and purple sweet potatoes can fight cancer [2] and diabetes [3].

3. Chicken

Unseasoned, cooked chicken is a good meal replacement if you are out of dog food. Packed with protein and several B vitamins, chicken is a good source of energy for your pet. The lean meat is also rich in antioxidants which help fight infection. Do not feed your dogs with raw chicken [4] which increases the risk for Salmonella infection. And be sure to avoid giving them cooked chicken bones.

4. Carrots

Most dogs like the mild sweet taste of this orange-colored vegetable. High in fiber and low in calories, carrots is another human food that is safe for your pet. Carrots offer several nutritional benefits including supporting eye health and boosting the immune system. A 1993 study [5] showed the value of carrots in dog nutrition.

5. Eggs

Eggs support skin and nail health for they contain a good amount of protein, biotin, and riboflavin. We all know that protein is good for building muscle and repairing tissue. Raw or uncooked eggs are not good for dogs to avoid the risk of salmonella contamination. A study [6] showed the value of egg protein to dogs with anemia.

6. Blueberries

This fruit is a great summer snack for your dogs. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals. A diet rich in antioxidants can reduce the risk of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease in dogs, according to a study [7] published in Neurobiology of Aging.

7. Broccoli

A great source of fiber and vitamin C, this vegetable may help fight type-2 diabetes, certain cancers, and asthma, says a 2016 study [8]. A compound called phenol is found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Phenol plays a part in reducing inflammation in the cells and reducing oxidative stress.

8. Peanut Butter

Unsalted and low-sugar peanut butter is ideal for your dogs. Peanut butter is full of heart-healthy fats and contains vitamins B, E, and niacin. You should avoid peanut butter with xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic [9] to dogs.

9. Pumpkin

This vegetable is good for dogs with diarrhea. It is a nutrition powerhouse that has many health benefits not only for dogs but also for cats. An Egyptian study [10] confirmed the effectiveness of pumpkin seed extracts against puppies infected with a gastrointestinal disease known as heterophyiasis.

10. Oatmeal

According to the website petmd.com, oats are high in protein, soluble fiber, and iron, manganese, zinc and B vitamins. Oats also contain the anti-tumor compound b-sitosterol. They also act as a digestive aid to calm the intestinal tract [11].

11. Cheese
Many dogs are intolerant to lactose, so the cheese does not pose a health problem. However, sharing too much cheese to your animal buddy is not recommended. Low-fat cottage cheese is the much-preferred variety by dog owners. Do not feed your dogs with moldy cheese which could cause intoxication [12].

12. Apple Slices

This food can help freshen up your dogs’ breath. Introducing apple slices should be done in moderation. The core of the apple is potentially toxic, so avoid feeding this part. Ingestion of rotten apples [13] is also very harmful.

13. Yogurt

Yogurt that has live active cultures [14] and no sugars or artificial sweeteners is good for your dogs. This food will help them alleviate problems like diarrhea, infections, and bacterial overgrowth. Your beloved four-legged companion will enjoy frozen yogurt as a summer treat.

14. Salmon

This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your dog’s coat and skin health. Salmon is also a good source of protein. Do not feed your dogs with raw salmon which could cause anorexia, lethargy, and lymph node enlargement [15].

15. Sweet Potatoes

Another root crop that is good for dogs are sweet potatoes which are a great source of beta carotene and vitamin A. A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology highlighted the antioxidative components [16] of sweet potatoes that include phenols and amino acids.

16. Peas

If you want to infuse healthy, low-calorie nutrients into your pup’s food, peas are a good choice. It contains potassium and is a great source of vitamins C and K. A study showed that peas offer great digestibility [17] of dry, organic matter and gross energy in dogs.

17. Beef

This meat is filled with healthy fats and proteins which your dogs need to maintain a healthy weight and energy level and to improve digestibility [18]. Do not cook this lean meat with strange vegetable, oils, or wines to keep its proteins.

18. Popcorn

Cook this snack with no butter or salt. Popcorn makes a great source of low-calorie treat, potassium, minerals, phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium. According to scientists, popcorn contains more polyphenols [19], an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables.

19. Green Beans

Green beans are low in calories and are great sources of vitamins C and K. When added to the diet of dogs, green beans provided increased spleen weights, as per a 1961 [20] study published in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.

20. Pineapple

Why does this fruit is beneficial for your dog? The fruit is power-packed with fructose, fiber, vitamin, and minerals which can help boost your dog’s immune system and improve digestion. An enzyme called bromelain [21] is found in pineapple that helps your dog to decompose protein.

21. Parsley

Another food that can improve your dog’s breath is parsley. This herb is a good source of calcium, potassium, and beta-carotene. Parsley can also help your dog’s stinkiness by facilitating waste elimination due to the herb’s diuretic [22] activity.

22. Tuna

This fatty fish is good for your dog because of its high omega-3 fatty acid content which is great for brain function [23], immune system, and for maintaining a shiny, healthy coat. Serve this fish cooked rather than raw!

23. Seaweed Nori

This dried seaweed is popular in Japanese cuisine and can be purchased at your nearest Asian stores. Rich in fiber, iodine, and vitamins C and E, nori is great for regulating metabolism [24] which is great for keeping your dog fit.

24. Coconut Oil

Adding a scoop of coconut oil to your dog’s meal could nourish his skin and fur. The oil is a high source of protein and contains monoglyceride monolaurin [25], a compound that has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

25. Liver

Your dog needs the essential nutrients provided by the liver which is rich in vitamins and irons. The liver is available as fresh at the grocery store or freeze-dried or dehydrated at the pet store. Moderation is also important when feeding your dogs with liver which contains high doses [26] of vitamin A and have the potential to be toxic.

26. Frozen Bananas

Combine bananas with yogurt, and you have a healthy treat for your dogs. Bananas are rich in potassium which is also available in other fruits and vegetables. Deficiency in potassium [27] could have negative implications on the renal function of dogs.

27. Flax Seed

Your dog’s skin and coat will benefit from adding flax seed to his diet because its oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. This was confirmed by a 2001 study [28]. Flax seed is also a fiber-rich food.

28. Pears

You can feed your dog with this fruit’s flesh, but the seeds should be avoided because they are toxic to canines. Just cut a pear up and feed the pieces to your dog. The core should go to the garbage bin. A dietary fiber called arabinogalactan [29] which affects the digestive and immune system of dogs is found in pears.

29. Spirulina

This alga is very rich in essentially fatty acids as well as protein, vitamins, and minerals. Several studies have shown that spirulina can lower the amount of fat [30] in the blood and reduce inflammation.

30. Turmeric

This spice contains an active compound called curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These activities demonstrate curcumin’s efficacy against cancer cells [31]. However, studies in dogs are yet to be conducted.

31. Cranberries

Fresh cranberries are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. The fruit’s major bioactive compounds are found to exhibit antioxidant, radical scavenging, antibacterial, antimutagen, and anticarcinogen properties. A study [32] published in 2012 revealed the effectiveness of cranberry products in preventing urinary tract infections.


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