Dog Food Nutrition – The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Dog Food Nutrition – Did you know that there are significant health benefits for our pets when they drink apple cider vinegar?  I’m not talking about drinking it straight.  One way is to put a small amount in your dog’s drinking water. 

The apple cider vinegar I am discussing here is not the vinegar you generally buy in a grocery store.  Most health food stores sell it.  The product comes from organically grown apples.

What are the health benefits of apple cider vinegar for our pets?  I must admit that I have just recently started researching this product.  As I continue to read, I find that both humans and pets experience benefits from this.

It is antibacterial and anti-fungal.  It is beneficial to the immune system and digestion.

It adds potassium to the body and brings the acid/alkaline ratio into balance.  It is said that it helps dogs suffering from arthritis and dysplasia.  The claim is that tear stains under a dog’s eyes are eliminated.

I must say again that this is not vinegar you would buy in a grocery store.  This is a organic product found in health food stores.

I read a recent article on this topic.  It is called, “Singing The Praises Of Apple Cider Vinegar.”  It is written by Dr. Jeannie Thomason, VND.  It is a very comprehensive article.  Dr. Thomason goes into several more health benefits that I haven’t mentioned.

Here is a quote from her article:

Apple cider is known around the world as Mother Nature’s miracle medicine, a powerful weapon in the war against aging and disease that is more effective than many high-priced prescription drugs.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is golden liquid concentrated with the healthy goodness of apples. It contains more than 30 important nutrients, 12 minerals, over 6 vitamins, essential acids and several enzymes. Moreover, it has a large dose of pectin for a healthy heart, and thus, healthy as a whole.

Many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and substances are available in ACV to improve the health of your dog. ACV can provide them with enzymes and important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, phosphorus, iron, silicon and other trace minerals. The vitamins contained in ACV are bioflavonoids (vitamin P), beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, E, B1, B2, and B6. Tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples as well as malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid and pectin (fiber) are also contained in ACV.

Another partial quote from the article is below:

Apple cider vinegar is a powerful detoxifying and purifying agent. It breaks down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. By breaking down these substances it improves the health and function of the vital organs, such as the kidneys, bladder and liver, by preventing excessively alkaline urine. Put a tablespoon of ACV in your dog’s drinking water every day and you will no longer have those brown spots in your lawn from the dog’s urine.

You can read the entire article here.  You need to read the complete article to learn all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. 

I have drunk one teaspoon of the vinegar with 8 ounces of water.  I have also put a small amount in my dog’s drinking water.  I will keep you informed of its benefits in the next few days and weeks.

Have you ever tried apple cider vinegar – for you or your pets?  Did you see any positive results?  Thanks for your comments.

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