Anti-Inflammatory Food and Ingredients for Dogs
‘Understanding the impact of an anti-inflammatory diet on silent inflammation can elevate the diet from simply a source of calories to being on the cutting edge of gene-silencing technology.’
Unfortunately, detrimental physiological changes occur later in life for both humans and dogs. One important aspect of aging is upregulation of the inflammatory response and increase in oxidative damage resulting in pathologies linked to chronic inflammation – a process that results in premature ageing or inflammageing (1) This Inflammageing results in immunosenescence in both dogs and humans (2, 3)
Chronic disease is driven by inflammation. Diabetes, cancers, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other chronic health issues, including anxiety, are a result of chronic inflammation.
The major dietary source of long chain saturated fatty acids is food from animal sources, such as full-fat dairy products, red meat, and poultry.
The balance of macronutrients, micronutrients and ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the diet can alter the expression of inflammatory genes.
Anti-inflammatory nutrition should be considered as a form of gene silencing technology, in particular the silencing of the genes involved in the generation of silent inflammation. To enhance an anti-inflammatory diet, supplemental omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) should be included.
A diet rich in colourful vegetables would contribute adequate amounts of polyphenols to not only help inhibit nuclear factor (NF)-κB (primary molecular target of inflammation) but also activate AMP kinase (AMP functions to restore cellular ATP – cell ‘currency’) levels by modifying diverse metabolic and cellular pathways). Understanding the impact of an anti-inflammatory diet on silent inflammation can elevate the diet from simply a source of calories to being on the cutting edge of gene-silencing technology. (3, 4, 5, 6, 8)
Research shows that the additive and synergistic effects of phytochemicals in fruit and vegetables are responsible for their potent anti-inflammatory, and anticancer activities, and that the benefit of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is attributed to the complex mixture of phytochemicals present in the variety of plant-based foods in the diet (7, 8).
A recent study by Giulia Alessandri et al (9) concludes ‘that a meat-based diet is less protective against inflammatory activity in the canine gut.’
Feeding your dog a diet rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients provides them with the best chance of slowing the ageing process associated with inflammation at the same time supporting a reduction in inflammation and an improvement in general wellbeing.
Bonza includes PhytoPlus®, a scientifically formulated blend of anti-inflammatory ingredients and polyphenols all believed to provide differing activities in support of a reduction in inflammation and support for optimum health and longevity for your dog.
Anti-Inflammatory Food Ingredients for Dogs
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that a chemical in extra-virgin olive oil, oleocanthal, inhibits inflammatory enzymes in the same way that ibuprofen does. Oleuropin and hydroxytyrosol are also potent anti-inflammatory compounds. (1, 2, 3)
Bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme, makes this tropical fruit one of the most potent anti-inflammatory foods. Studies show that eating pineapple may reduce pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and lower swelling in people with carpal tunnel syndrome. (1,2, 3)
Vegetables, like kale, chard, spinach, bok choy, and silver beet are anti-inflammatory foods because they’re packed with anti-inflammatory carotenoids, which are the plant pigments that give green and orange produce their vibrant colour. Kale also contains vitamins C and K, folate, fibre, and antioxidants. Kale, a source rich in sulforaphane, fights inflammation by reducing your levels of cytokines, research shows. (1, 2, 3)
Reishi mushrooms have a variety of powerful compounds that help fight inflammation, specifically phenols and other antioxidants, research shows. A special mushroom type considered an adaptogen, Reishi, has powerful inflammation-fighting benefits. They can also contain up to 72 μg/g dry weight of selenium and can bio transform 20–30% of inorganic selenium into selenium-containing proteins.
Reishi are also a rich source of the antioxidants ergothioneine and glutathione both of which have been shown to provide potent free radical scavenging, antioxidant capacity. Reishi also contain β-glucans shown to have excellent heart health properties. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Turmeric has received a lot of attention for its content of the powerful anti-inflammatory nutrient curcumin. Curcumin can suppress many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation without the side effects of manufactured drugs. (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
Ginger is among the healthiest spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
Oats contain special compounds called avenanthramides that play a role in significantly reducing inflammation. Avenanthramides are unique to oats and are not found in other cereal grains.
Quinoa contains large amounts of flavonoids, including quercetin and kaempferol. These important molecules have been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Quinoa contains more quercetin than cranberries, another anti-inflammatory superfood. (5, 6,7, 8, 9, 10)
Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero):
MSM has powerful anti-inflammatory effects such as increasing glutathione levels. MSM may reduce the release of molecules associated with inflammation, such as TNF-ɑ and IL-6, as well as boost levels of the powerful antioxidant glutathione. (4, 5, 6, 7, 86, 87, 90, 91)
Vegan Anti-Inflammatory Food For Dogs
Bonza vegan dog food contains more anti-inflammatory ingredients all designed to prevent the effects inflammation can have on your dog’s health.
Our seaweed (algae) sourced DHAgold™ contains a number of anti-inflammatory bioactive compounds such as omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) including DHA, EPA and DPA, chlorophyll a, β-carotene, astaxanthin and fucoxanthin, and as dietary ingredients, their extracts have shown to be effective in chronic inflammation-linked metabolic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Bonza anti-inflammatory vegan dog food, includes 36 high quality ingredients you know and trust, carefully selected for their synergistic anti-inflammatory activity.
Elevate your dog’s food beyond simple nutrition by feeding them the best anti-inflammatory dog food you can.