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In the advance world that we live in, supplements are almost required to help our bodies and our dogs’ bodies in one way or another to enhance the immune systems. While there are countless variations of supplements in the market, we like to focus on supplements that help with the immune system and help in preventing cancer. A few types of supplement that may help to prevent cancer includes Vitamin D (of course the dogs can get this from sun, so exercise your dog), curcumin (found in turmeric), fish oil, garlic, beta-carotene, colostrum, kefir.

Realistically speaking, you won’t be able to feed your dog the whole world of supplements out there, it is wise to make a few choices based on your dog’s needs and your ability. While we can’t rid all types of illnesses and diseases we believe in ‘harvesting’ a strong immune. We like to focus on overall gut health and overall immune system as we believe that the way to keep them strong, healthy and have the ability to fight for themselves is by allowing the dogs’ bodies to learn to fight and fend for themselves.

Many already know that we frequently feed the dogs milk kefir. Milk kefir is a functional healing food. Consuming kefir can heal the gut, improve immune function and prevent cancer. Gut health, we have mentioned it a couple of times, is the key to the immune system. 70% of the immune is based on how healthy your gut is. Milk Kefir is one of , if not the best natural probiotics out there. Research is beginning to suggest that probiotics may play a role in inhibiting tumor growth and protecting against cancer. So far, they’ve been shown to reduce the number of cells related to colon cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia.

Colostrum is the next thing that we feed our dogs. Colostrum is the first milk of a mammal during pregnancy. Colostrum is the ‘first vaccination’ for the new born because it contains a lot of antibodies. It is high in leukocytes (protective white blood cells) which is highly possibly why newborns don’t get sick. The antibodies in colostrum helps to protect against several bacterial and viral infection. “Colostrum has also been shown to be of benefit against that most feared of diseases, cancer. Numerous research studies have shown that bovine colostrum prevents the development of cancers, particularly cancers associated with the gastrointestinal tract, under experimental conditions. ” – Quote Sovereign Health Initiative. Lactoferrin, a compound contained in colostrum, activates T-cells, regulates antigen pathways, and promotes enzyme activity. Lactoferrin also exhibits strong antioxidant and detoxification properties which reduce systemic inflammation. As a result, the existence of lactoferrin in the body inhibits inflammatory immune responses and may reduce the risk of cancer and disease. We believe it is one of the most natural and essential supplements available out there. What can be more natural than a mammal’s first milk?

Colostrum for pets

Most people do not know this, but we have a thing for mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms have been prescribed and used for countless ailments for thousands of years. As modern medicine rediscovers these ancient superfoods, there is good evidence that mushrooms are among the most powerful functional food in a growing cancer-fighting and cancer-preventing arsenal. It is important to note that medicinal mushrooms are different from most other mushrooms. Some medicinal mushrooms exhibit direct antiviral and tumor shrinking abilities. One of the most vital benefits of medicinal mushrooms is the activation and stimulation of NK (Natural Killer) T cells. NK cells are lymphocytes that perform immunosurveillance within the body, constantly on the lookout for “immuno-alerters” signaling tumor presence.

Triple extraction of selected wild-harvested medicinal mushrooms from Fat Boy Tonic.

While mushroom is fantastic, it is very hard to find a good mushroom product in the market. Why is that so – as we all know by now, wild-caught, wild-harvested, free range produces are the best. Mushrooms are no different, wild harvested mushrooms are exposed to the nature, making them stronger and better than laboratory grown mushrooms. Many mushroom powdered supplements in the market are from laboratory and they are Mycelium, not mushrooms. Mycelium on grain is actually nothing more than what commercial mushroom growers call “grain spawn”. Grain spawn is cheap to produce and is therefore economical to grow. Unfortunately, mycelium grown on grain or rice contains minimal amounts of the important compounds that are in medicinal mushrooms. Myceliated grain is cheap to produce, often cheap to purchase, but the lack of medicinal compounds makes it a very expensive product. The other thing about mushroom supplements is that, some medicinal mushrooms contains beneficial properties such as beta-glucans and triterpenes. These properties can only be extracted through heat, water or alcohol. So in another words, mushrooms need to undergo extractions before the beneficial properties becomes useful to the body. Extractions are labor-intensive and time consuming. But it’s only by extracting the beta glucan polysaccharides that these compounds become readily bio-available to maintain and improve health.

Other than the cancer cells fighting, one of our favourite property of medicinal mushrooms is the beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is an immuno-modulator , it helps to make your dog’s immune system smarter. It can help raise the immune system’s response so that your body can naturally fight of and kill cancer. The term immune-modulator is the real key; it is not an immune stimulate. Beta glucan modulates or activates but never over stimulates, which is key to the safety of this product.

The immune system is the body’s best defense mechanism for maintaining the health of the whole body. Comparable to a surveillance system, a strong immune system requires numerous factors to function properly. Dr. Rashid Buttar said, “Cancer first and foremost is a problem with the immune system. You cannot have cancer if you have an intact immune system.” Which is why we stress not once, but multiple times that the things you feed your dogs with, the places you bring your dogs to, the stimulants you expose your dogs to, are very important.
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