This goji berry and coconut oil treat is also good as an addition to any kind of dog meal. Whether that be kibble, canned, home-cooked or raw dog food. In fact, it is a great topper to commercial diets for an extra boost of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients!
*If your dog has any ailments, before adding anything new to your dog's diet, make sure to discuss it with your integrative or holistic veterinarian. As with anything new, introduce slowly!
Goji berries are also called by the name wolfberry. These berries are a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients and also have anti-cancer properties.
"Several clinical studies in healthy subjects show that consumption of wolfberry juice improves general wellbeing and immune functions" (source). The main active components in goji berries are called L. barbarum polysaccharides (LBPs).
LBPs have shown to exhibit "anti-oxidative and anti-aging properties in different models" (source). LBPs have also shown to induce . apoptosis (programmed cell death) in multiple cancer cells, which included gastric and liver cancer cells. LBPs have shown to inhibit the tumor growth through apoptosis. In one study, LBPs showed to "enhance learning and memory abilities" (source). The LBPs in goji berries have also been shown to have an "anti-fatigue" effect. LBSs were shown "inducing remarkable adaptability to exercise load, and accelerating elimination of fatigue, and enhancing the storage of muscle and liver glycogen and accelerating the clearance of blood urea nitrogen after exercise" (source)
Goji berries may also support cardiac health. One study, using rat models, states that "it may be concluded that administration of L. barbarum polysaccharides (LBPs) can prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases" (source).
Goji berries may also support cognitive health. The LBPs in goji berries have shown to "exert neuroprotective effects on cortical neurons exposed to homocysteine" (source). From this, Goji berries may have a "neuroprotective effect and effect on cognitive and memory deficits, AD (Alziemer's Disease, and stroke" (source).
Goji berries may also support eye health because of its high antioxidant content, especially zeaxanthin.
Coconut oil is a great complement to goji berries. Coconut oil is a good source of lauric acid. Lauric acid is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Coconut oil is also high in MCFAs, one of which is lauric acid.
Like goji berries, research says that coconut oil may also support cognitive functions, especially learning. "mice treated with VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil) were found to exhibit higher levels of brain antioxidants" (source). Coconut oil may also be beneficial for highly exercised dogs, as it may decrease recovery time after exercise.
DISCLAIMER: It is always important to do your own research first in regards to raw feeding or feeding fresh foods for your pet (dog or cat). Every animal is different! What may work great for some may not work great for others. It is important to know that if you are a beginner at raw feeding, there are tons of ways to feed fresh raw foods to your pets (commercially prepared, freeze dried etc.). Starting out can be a little difficult, so if you do your research accordingly, then you'll have more knowledge about EVERY aspect of raw feeding. Remember, if you are not ready to feed a raw diet to your pets, wait to transition and utilize the help of experienced raw feeders, connect with integrative veterinarians, read books geared towards a holistic dog diet and gain knowledge from all of your research so you can effectively give your dog the nutrition it needs to thrive. "The Raw Fed Pet" site is only for informational/educational purposes and is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical conditions.
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