Have you ever heard of buying moringa for dogs? Well now you have. Moringa is a potent superfood and is great for us humans so it would equally be as beneficial to man’s best friend as well… right? Well the benefits that moringa has for humans aren’t exactly the same as they are for dogs, but…. it is still an amazing superfood that could be the natural medicine your dog needs to stay healthy and active.
Giving moringa to pets actually is nothing new at all. I found that it has been commonly fed to horses and I even read that horses competing in the Kentucky derby supplement moringa. Some of them are fed the dried out leaves while some are fed refined moringa powder.
The Powerful Nutrient Profile Moringa Provides To Your Dog
Being a superfood and all, moringa really packs a mean punch even in small servings. Most moringa powders that you find on the market suggest around a 1-2g serving size. This of course is for humans but mixing this amount in with dog food will also work great.
In a small 2g (one teaspoon) scoop of moringa powder your dog will be able to benefit from the following…
- 4x the fiber in oats (1g of fiber in a 2g serving)
- 25x the iron in spinach (6.75mg per serving)
- 15x the potassium in bananas (37.5mg per serving)
- 17x the calcium in milk (32.5mg per serving)
- And lots of vitamins including Vitamin E, Vitamin A, B Vitamins and more
Of course all of these number above are approximations and will vary depending on the quality of moringa that you buy, but the take-away here is that moringa is packed with nutrients. It is extremely nutrient dense compared to more normal foods that we eat to get certain nutrients.
One of the biggest benefits that moringa has for your dog is the ability to fight inflammation.
Moringa Decreases Inflammation & Can Help Keep Your Dog Active
Stiff and achy joints, arthritis… these are common problems that dogs face, usually from natural aging. Moringa can actually decrease and even eliminate some of these problems which will help your dog move about without all the pain, keeping them active and healthy.
These problems are often caused by inflammation… and moringa can fight against this inflammation. The power that moringa has to reduce this has been well documented in many studies. One of which called Anti-inflammatory effect of Moringa… studied its effects on rats in low doses. The results showed that even when fed to the rats in low doses there were still some pretty great anti-inflammatory effects.
Moringa Boosts The Immune System
Your dog’s immune system is placed with the task of fighting off infections, sicknesses, etc. The strength of their immune system is directly related to their well being. With a poor immune system your dog will likely be less active and overall more miserable than he/she could potentially be.
Moringa is a great natural immune booster food and it’s no wonder with its packed nutrient profile.
There are plenty of studies out there that prove moringa to be beneficial for the immune system. Just to give you and example: One study titled Immunomodulatory activity of methanolic leaf extract of Moringa… was conducted on rats (again). This study measured the stimulatory effects that moringa extract had on these test subjects and the results were “significant”.
Should You Buy Moringa for Your Dog?
If nature is taking its course on your dog, or maybe your dog is feeling ill, then moringa might be a good choice. It certainly won’t be a bad choice. The benefits that come from this superfood are well known and documented in scientific literature.
There are a lot of ways you can go about feeding your dog moringa but the easiest and most effective way would be to just mix some powder in with their dog food. The powder is easily digestible.
I would give your dog 1g of moringa powder per day minimum if you want to see any benefits, but of course this depends on the size of your dog. You can increase this a good bit if you want to, it won’t hurt them.