Give your dog the life it deserves.
According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death for dogs and takes the lives of close to 50% of all dogs. That number is both shocking and terribly difficult to hear. If you’re like me, you may have grown up with dogs and seen the destruction first hand and wish that there was something you could do. Even if that something is just making their last days as peaceful as possible.
I want to discuss with you today three natural herbs that you can give your pets that will help with cancer in a number of ways.
This is without a doubt my number one herb that you can give your pet for cancer. Why? It’s preventive, can reduce cancer cells, and relieve symptoms such as pain, appetite loss, nausea, and fatigued that go hand and hand with the disease.
CBD Hemp Oil vs CBD Cannabis Oil
There is really only one big difference when it comes to these two oils and the plants that they are derived from. That one big thing is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD (cannabidiol) oil derived from hemp contains essentially no THC and is legally required to.
Both CBD and THC can help with cancer in a number of ways and have multiple studies that back this up. In 2009, Spanish researchers at Complutense University published a study that showed THC causes autophagy, which simply means it causes cancer cells to destroy themselves.
This is fantastic news because simply put: cancer cells are normal cells that never died. Cells naturally replicate in the body, but after so many replications they are programmed to die by a process known as apoptosis. When they don’t, they start becoming more mutated with each new replication and become cancerous.
While there are no long-term clinical studies on giving dogs CBD oil with cancer, CBD works in all mammals the same way. And that along with a plethora of anecdotal evidence overwhelmingly proves to me that CBD oil is great for it.
Here's What You Need To Know About CBD Oil
THC and CBD make a powerful combination for fighting and preventing cancer. However, unless otherwise advised by your veterinary, keep the CBD cannabis oil for yourself. Because unlike humans, THC is toxic to dogs in high levels. CBD hemp oil, on the other hand, is perfectly fine to give to your pet and is recommended.
And don’t worry, CBD can also cause apoptosis, or cancer cell death in a similar way that THC can. CBD can also prevent the development of blood vessels in tumors, blocking their ability to access nutrition causing them to starve. And, because it isn’t already doing enough, CBD has been shown to prevent metastasis, which is when cancer spreads from one part of the body to another.
CBD derived from hemp is also pretty much legal around the world and in the entire U.S. because it has THC levels less than 0.03%.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil and CBD hemp oil come from the same plant, which you probably guessed by the name. However, hemp seed oil is created by cold pressing the seeds, while CBD oil is derived from the stalks and leaves.
Hemp seed does not contain any cannabinoids, including CBD, in any notable levels. But that doesn’t mean it’s not great for cancer.
First, hemp seed oil is rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) is a plant-derived omega-6 and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. As well, researchers at the American Cancer Society have found that those that suffer from cancer have low levels of GLA. One study looked at just that and found positive results.
Hemp seed oil is also rich in vital minerals such as manganese and zinc, which is why many take it for themselves and give it to their pets for general health.
If you’re not hip on turmeric you should be! In 2012, a study showed that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) has a protective role and helps prevents bladder cancer.
M.D., Timothy J. Moynihan makes a strong case for turmeric and in an article for the Mayo Clinic he points out curcumin’s ability to both prevent and slow cancer cell growth along with its ability to make chemotherapy more effective. A 2009 study, found that curcumin blocks brain tumors from forming.
Turmeric is also thought to have antioxidant properties making it a great choice as an anti-inflammatory.
Curcumin is difficult for your dog to digest and is poorly absorbed as it is not water soluble. This means you will need to mix tumeric with a fat such as coconut oil before giving it to your pet.
As you can see there is no reason you shouldn’t be giving your fur babies turmeric, and in combination with the two other herbs from above they make an incredibly potent combination that’s safe for your pets and can do wonders for their health.
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