Why incorporate herbs into my urban dog diet?

By Dr. David Rosenblatt, Veterinarian

Raising a dog in the city is pretty nice. We all need some reminder of some nature in the hustle and bustle of the city. And besides, he takes us out for walks every day (something we might have forgotten to do on our own). But the question is is the dog so nice too?

Anyone who has a dog knows that significant changes such as a happy or sad event in the family, moving house or adding a new pet, affect his health condition. Not only are we affected by stress.

It all starts and ends with nutrition

Anyone who has a dog knows that significant changes such as a happy or sad event in the family, moving house or adding a new pet, affect their health condition. Not only are we affected by stress.

The urban environment is saturated with sources of stress for our dogs

Dogs need warmth and love and warm treatment from the owner, but do not make the pet spoiled. Therefore, it is important to raise a dog and not imagine that a child is being raised, the dog needs discipline, he also needs petting and affection, but do not overdo it otherwise the dog will not be balanced and he may develop behavioral problems.

It is possible to relieve the dog of the stress created by the urban environment

The good news is that this stress can be alleviated. We can provide the pet, through a tailored diet, with substances with a unique chemical structure, which neutralize some of the free radicals. These substances are known as “antioxidants” or “antioxidants” and are found in nature in various plants.

The scientific literature is replete with clinical studies confirming the contribution of plant-specific plant molecules to health.

Prominent herbs include turmeric, rosemary, vine, citrus and cloves. These plants provide five active ingredients whose contribution to dealing with oxidative stress has been scientifically proven *:

Curcuminoids

Which inhibit the formation of free radicals, neutralize free radicals that have already been formed, and strengthen the enzymatic activity of the enzymes SOD (super oxide dismutase), CAT (catalase) and GPx (glutathione peroxidase), which also contribute to the inhibition and neutralization of free radicals.

Carnosic acid

Which works, among other things, to inhibit the oxidation of fatty acids by neutralizing the free radicals proxil and superoxide.

Naringin

Which increases the activity of antioxidants and in addition saves the waste of vitamin E and reduces the content of H2O2 (“hydrogen peroxide”) in the liver.

Eugenol

Increases the activity of the enzyme GST (glutathione S transferase), which blocks the oxidation of essential fats. Eugenol has a five-fold stronger antioxidant capacity than the well-known antioxidant, alpha-tocopherol.

Fortunately, as science advances and our knowledge of the mechanisms behind “grandma’s remedies” expands, we have more ways to improve the health and quality of life of our pets through a diet tailored to their needs. So that they too will feel that it is a turn to live in the city. So the next time you are wondering what food to buy for your dog, do not forget that you should take food that contains herbs …

* In the SYNOX 3D New Approach to Oxidative Stress Management in Dogs

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