Adding simple and easy ‘longevity foods’ has a profound impact on your dog’s health. The best part of “bowl additions” is that you add these nutrients to whatever you’re currently feeding; you don’t have to completely change your dog’s entire life right now to achieve improvements in their well-being. Small amounts of these foods hyper-fortify your dog’s current meals with powerful anti-aging nutrients and cofactors. The sulforaphane found in cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, have shown the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells and destroys damaged cells in dogs. Cancer research has also found cruciferous vegetables have positive influences on several types of cancer in part due to a bioactive compound called “indole-3-carbinol.” Studies show this compound suppresses the generation of cancer cells and is involved in the breakdown of dietary carcinogens. This process alone will help extend their lives! In addition, Brussels sprouts provide gut-building fiber and contain flavonoids, lignans, and chlorophyll. They are also nutrient-dense and a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and folate as well as selenium. Most dogs prefer Brussels sprouts to be gently cooked/steamed.
If your dog has never had these, gentle steaming can reduce gas production until your dog’s body adjusts to the new veggie.
In the chapter Dietary Habits for a Long and Healthy Life of our new book, The Forever Dog, Brussels sprouts is one of the many longevity foods we recommend adding to make your dog’s bowl better. In this chapter we also walk you through the steps on how to transition your dog to a fresh food diet, if you choose to do so.