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Super Foods for Fido

In the spring issue of CityDog Magazine, we feature healthy recipes for canines with cancer, prepared by Seattle chefs Jenny Izaguirre of Bell + Whete and Stew Navarro of Local 360. In addition to these delicious recipes, here is a list of even more super foods.
Written by Suzi Beber
Whether suffering from cancer or not, you can't go wrong with these healthy ingredients for your canine -- each one of these super foods has tremendous benefits for Fido.

Apples. Very rich source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Red delicious, northern spy, and Ida red contain more antioxidants than others.

Artichokes. An antioxidant super food. Contain a variety of phytonutrients that have anti-cancer qualities and support immune system. Excellent source of vitamin C and some of the most powerful polyphenol-type antioxidants, including quercetin, rutin, anthocyanins and silymarin.

Blueberries and Cranberries. Contain significant levels of resveratrol, a natural compound with anti-cancer properties. Blueberries are a very rich source of antioxidants.

Broccoli. One of the most important cancer fighting vegetables; contains at least three cancer-protective biochemicals. Lots of vitamin C and beta carotene. Other members of cruciferous family include Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabagas, kohlrabi, bok choy, kale, Swiss chard, collards, and turnips. Cooking these releases indole, a cancer-fighting enzyme.

Cantaloupes. Very high concentration of beta carotene. Good source of vitamin B6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium. Try giving cats a little piece of cantaloupe with a dab of goat yogurt and sprinkling of catnip.

Carrots. Contain beta carotene, vitamins B, C, D, E and K, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese and iodine. Support immune system, aid digestion, and recognized as a glandular tonic.

Chickpea Flour. Good source of potassium, phosphorus, iron, folate, copper, and magnesium. Contains unsaturated fatty acids and is high in fiber and protein. Its high protein content does not turn into glucose in the bloodstream.

Garlic. Offers potassium, zinc, selenium, vitamins A, B1, and C as well as calcium, manganese, copper, and iron. Supports the immune system. A little goes a long way.

Green Beans. Excellent source of vitamin A. Also contain vitamins C and K, calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin and Omega 3 fatty acids.

Kombu. Meaty, high protein seaweed that supports liver, stomach, and kidney function. Contains iodine, carotenes, vitamins B, C, D, and E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica, iron, and zinc. Also contains fucoidan; studies have shown that when fucoidan is administered to cancer cells in a Petri dish, the cells were destroyed within 72 hours through a self-induced process called apotosis.

Mangos. Good source of fiber, also contain a small amount of protein. Excellent vitamin and mineral profile. Contain potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, selenium, copper, zinc, and manganese. Rich in vitamins A, C, folate, and B6.

Pomegranates. Rich source of ellagic acid, also contain anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins (flavonoids) that have demonstrated reduced tumor angiogenesis in a variety of studies.

Pumpkin. Cancer treatment can be hard on the digestive system. Pumpkin is a terrific stool softener and a perfect remedy for constipation; conversely, since it’s rich in fiber, 1 to 2 teaspoons added to food is an effective remedy for diarrhea.

Shiitake Mushrooms. Contain an active compound called lentinan which supports the immune system and has been shown to have anti-cancer activity.

Sweet Potatoes. Great source of vitamin E. Includes an abundance of vitamins A, B6, and C, calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, and thiamine. Rich source of beta carotene, which may be a significant factor in reducing the risk of certain cancers. A good source of dietary fiber and helps promote healthy GI tract.

Tomatoes. Have been shown to lower risk of some kinds of cancer. The secret is lycopene, the natural chemical that gives tomatoes their red color. Cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene because cooking breaks down cellular walls. Add a little fat, like cold pressed virgin olive oil; this allows the lycopene to be even better absorbed into the body.

Watermelon. Contains 40% more lycopene than tomatoes!

Wheat Grass. One ounce has as many vitamins, minerals, and amino acids as 2½ pounds of green leafy vegetables.
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