Eggs are a complete food source, especially with the shell included. They are a great source of very easily digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. They contain one of the most complete sources of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. They are a good source of Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Folate, Vitamin B12, Iron, Selenium, and fatty acids. The shell can be valuable substitute for dogs who have difficulty consuming bones.
Turmeric paste has tons of positive benefits for dogs including:
Promotes heart and liver health
Reduces blood clots
Is believed to be able to prevent cancer**
Helps prevent cataracts
**Turmeric can block the cancer promoting enzyme that stimulates the growth of head and neck cancer. The spice has the ability to shut down blood vessels that feed tumors.**
Coconut oil is an amazing additive to a raw diet. It can provide all of the following benefits;
Healthy Skin and Coat
Clears up eczema
Aids with allergies
Soft and shiny coat
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
Increases nutrient absorption
Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome
Reduces or eliminates bad breath
Helps with coughing
Assists with weight loss
Powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral
Balances insulin and promotes thyroid function
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Helps with arthritis and ligament issues
Helps prevent infection and disease
Kelp is a brown marine plant that is high in vitamins and minerals. It is also a good source of iodine which promotes thyroid function. It also helps manage dogs’ weight by improving their metabolism. This can help with overall health and increase both their energy levels and the ability to fight infections.
The high fiber content in kelp has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-rheumatic properties. Dogs with dry skin, itchy skin, or alopecia can benefit from eating kelp.
Pumpkin contains almost three grams of fiber in one cup. Fiber helps to promote a sense of fullness and can help with constipation. As your dog gets older, constipation can become a more frequent and severe problem. Increasing fiber levels can create more stool bulk which in turn stimulates your dog’s colon.
Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. This helps keep your dog’s skin and fur healthy, plus the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds help to support urinary health.
Other benefits for dogs include:
Potassium – an electrolyte essential for muscular contraction and recovery from activity.
Vitamin C – one cup of pumpkin contains at least 11mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a vital for its antioxidant and immune system supporting effects.
Beta-Carotene – beneficial for preventing cancer.
Zinc – will help improve skin and coat.
Iron - decreases fatigue
Bone broth has many remarkable benefits. It is used to treat leaky gut syndrome and digestive issues, but also supports good joint health. Bone broth can also benefit dogs with allergies and food sensitives as it is an immune system booster. For healthy dogs, a cup of bone broth every day is an excellent whole food multivitamin.
Bone broth also acts as a superior joint supplement, as it contains gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin and other nutrients that support good joint health. It helps with arthritis, injuries or healing from extensive activity.
Kefir contains several major strains of friendly bacteria. In fact there are 30 different strains of bacteria and yeast. This makes it a powerful probiotic. It also has the following benefits;
Antibiotic and anti-fungal properties
Helps prevent allergies
Beneficial for fungal infections and heart problems
Vitamin B regulates the normal function of the kidneys, liver and nervous system
Helps promote healthy looking skin and boosts energy
Strengthens the digestive system
Helps to alleviate gas, bloating and heartburn
Probiotic aid may help with IBD, eczema and bad breath
Helps prevent the forming of cancerous growths and there spreading
These are only a few examples of healthy meal additives but they all help create a comprehensive and nutritious raw diet.