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Feeding vegetables to your dog is one of the best things you can do for him. They are low in calories, making them ideal for those dogs who may have weight issues. They are a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K. They also contain many antioxidants that boost your dog’s immunity and help protect him from oxidant stress, diseases and cancers. In addition, vegetables contain both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber known as non-starch polysaccharides (NSP). This fiber absorbs excess water in the colon which helps to retain moisture in the fecal matter and allow it easy passage out of your dogs body – taking toxins with it.

Bingo’s Bounty contains a wide variety of vegetables for your dog designed to give him the optimum nutrition necessary for a long and healthy life. Below is an alphabetical list of our amazing ingredients and the benefits they provide.

Alfalfa

alfalfa for dogs
Alfalfa has been around for centuries and is often overlooked as a true wonder food. It is believed to be the world’s richest land plant mineral source, with a root system that can grow up to 100 feet deep; allowing it to access minerals from the earth other plants cannot. It is beneficial for a variety of health problems caused by nutritional deficiencies.

Higher in protein than most plant foods, alfalfa also boasts high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C, two powerful antioxidants that destroy damaging free radicals. Those two vitamins also have an anti-inflammatory effect which makes them ideal for dogs suffering from arthritis. Alfalfa has beneficial effects on the digestive system, maintaining friendly intestinal flora and helping heal ulcers.

Alfalfa is an excellent source of vitamin K, which is an important factor in blood clotting and bone density. It is a good source of thiamine (B1) and pyridoxine (B6) and vitamin E. Alfalfa is also a rich source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.

Studies have shown that nutrients in alfalfa known as saponins can block the absorption of cholesterol and prevent the formation of artery plaques. Alfalfa is high in flavonoids and alkaloids, both of which are noted for their cancer fighting ability.

Alfalfa has a high chlorophyll content which has many healing properties. Chlorophyll in plants is similar to hemoglobin in blood, and is in fact very similar to the hemin molecule of hemoglobin. Because of this, chlorophyll can improve anemic conditions as well as detoxify and purify the blood and liver. Chlorophyll actually increases blood production and aids in the wound healing process, soothes ulcerated tissue, and is an amazing antibacterial agent.

Because it contains phytoestrogens, alfalfa can help with hormonal imbalances. Phytoestrogens are not true estrogens, yet they have molecular structures similar enough to estrogen to have a balancing effect on hormone related health issues.

Broccoli Flowerets

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Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous family of vegetables and is a treasure trove of many phyto-nutrients such as sulforaphane, isothiocyanates, and the indoles, which have significant anti-cancer effects. Scientists have found that sulforaphane boosts the body’s detoxification enzymes, thus helping to clear potentially carcinogenic substances more rapidly. Indole-s-carbinol, a naturally occurring component of broccoli, has been recognized as a promising anticancer agent against certain tumor cells.

Cruciferous vegetable’s well known cancer fighting properties are believed to be a result of their high levels of active phyto-chemicals known as glucosinolates, which the body metabolizes into powerful anti-carcinogens called isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates are not only potent inducers of the liver’s Phase II enzymes, which detoxify carcinogens, but research at the Institute for Food Research in the U.K. identified that one of these compounds, allyl isothiocyanate, also inhibits mitosis (cell division) and stimulates apoptosis (programmed cell death) in human tumor cells.
Broccoli also contains many important flavonoids such as luteolin, zeaxanthin and kaempferol – all cancer fighting antioxidants. The flowering tops of broccoli have high amounts of another anti-oxidant vitamin - vitamin A which, along with beta carotene, helps to maintain the integrity of the skin and mucus membranes. Vitamin A is also required for vision and helps prevent macular degeneration.

Broccoli is an exceptionally rich source of vitamin C and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc and phosphorus. This amazing vegetable is also a rich source of vitamin K and the B-complex group of vitamins like riboflavin, niacin (B-3), pantothenic acid (B-5) and pyridoxine (B-6). Additionally, the flowering heads contain a fair amount of omega-3 fatty acids.

Cabbage

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Cabbage also belongs to the cruciferous family of vegetables and offers the same cancer fighting benefits as broccoli. Those same phyto-chemicals also help reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) in the blood. Cabbage is also well documented as being remarkably effective in treating ulcers, which is a far more common problem in dogs than was originally thought.

Cabbage is an excellent source of the anti-oxidant vitamin C, which helps your dog develop resistance to infectious diseases and scavenges many harmful, inflammatory free radicals. It also contains an amazing amount of vitamin K which plays an important role in blood clotting and bone density.

Cabbage is rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6), and thiamine (B-1). It contains minerals such as potassium, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure, magnesium and manganese, both of which are used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), and iron, which is vital for red blood cell production.

Carrots

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Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds and is the best vegetable source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes. These compounds help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Carrots contain a phytonutrient called falcarinol. Research studies conducted by scientists at the University of Newcastle has found that the falcarinol in carrots may help fight cancer by destroying pre-cancerous cells in the tumors.

Eating foods rich in carotenoids, such as carrots, may be beneficial to blood sugar regulation. Research has suggested that the dietary intake of carotenoids may be inversely associated with insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels.

The beta-carotene in carrots helps to protect vision, especially night vision. After beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the liver, it travels to the retina where it is transformed into rhodopsin, a purple pigment that is necessary for night vision. Beta-carotene’s powerful antioxidant capabilities also help to provide protection against macular degeneration and the development of cataracts.

This root vegetable contains good amount of vitamin C, and many of the B-complex group of vitamins such as folate, pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6), and thiamin (B-1). It also contains healthy levels of minerals such as copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

Celery

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Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C which helps support the immune system. Vitamin C also prevents the free radical damage that triggers an inflammatory response and is therefore beneficial in reducing the severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and arthritis.

Celery’s potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by the Chinese and western science has recently discovered the reason behind it. Celery contains active compounds called phthalides, which can help relax the muscles around arteries and allow those vessels to dilate allowing blood to flow at a lower pressure. Phthalides also reduce stress hormones which can cause blood vessels to constrict in the first place. While dogs rarely have high blood pressure due to stress, they can develop high blood pressure as a result of chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, Cushings disease and diabetes.

Celery has amazing cholesterol lowering benefits and, because it is rich in potassium and sodium – the minerals most important in regulating fluid balance – makes it stimulate urine production, thus helping to rid the body of toxins.

Celery contains compounds called coumarins that help prevent free radicals from damaging cells, decreasing the potential for cells to become cancerous. Coumarins also enhance the activity of certain white blood cells; the first defenders against cancer. Acetylenics, yet another component of celery has been shown to stop the growth of cancer cells.
This wonderful vegetable also contains high amounts of vitamin K and many of the B-complex group of vitamins such as folate, pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6), and thiamin (B-1). It also contains healthy levels of minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

PLEASE NOTE: Celery’s reputation as being a high sodium vegetable makes the idea of it being capable of reducing blood pressure seem improbable, but we here at Bingo’s Bounty add just enough of it to our mix to ensure that your dog will received the benefits of the phthalides without exceeding their daily requirement of sodium.

Green Beans

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Green Beans are an excellent source of vitamin K. Vitamin K1 helps prevent the activation of osteoclasts which are the cells responsible for breaking down bone. They are a very notable source of vitamin A, due to their high concentration of beta-carotene, and vitamin C. These two nutrients are important antioxidants that reduce the amount of free radicals in the body. Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant, beta-carotene a fat soluble one and together this powerful team helps to prevent cholesterol from becoming oxidized, which allows it to build up in blood vessel walls. These two nutrients also have very strong anti-inflammatory effects.

Green beans are also a very good source of fiber and folate, both of which promote colon health; the fiber by binding cancer-causing toxins and removing them from the body, and the folate by preventing DNA damage and mutations in colon cells. Fiber also has been shown to lower cholesterol levels as well.

Green beans contain riboflavin, potassium and riboflavin, each of which play a significant cardio-protective role.

Green beans are also a good source of iron and copper – both necessary for hemoglobin synthesis. Copper also plays a role in reducing the inflammation of arthritis through its activity of lysyl oxidase, an enzyme required for linking collagen and elastin, both of which provide flexibility in bones and joints.

Green beans are high in manganese which, along with copper, is an essential cofactor of the oxidative enzyme known as superoxide dismutase (SOD).

Lastly, green beans are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, protein, thiamin, niacin and omega-3 fatty acids.

Kelp

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Kelp offers the broadest range of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean, and your dog. Kelp is nature’s richest source of iodine, which is a component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid gland creates these hormones by adding iodine to the amino acid tyrosine. Because thyroid hormones play a vital role in metabolism, an iodine deficiency can have a devastating effect on your dog’s health.

Kelp contains specialized phytonutrients known as lignans that have been shown to inhibit angiogenesis, or blood cell growth, the process through which fast growing tumors not only gain nourishment, but send cancer cells into the bloodstream to establish secondary tumors in other areas of the body.

Kelp is an excellent source of vitamin K, iron, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins including, folate, riboflavin and pantothenic acid. The combination of folate and magnesium are extremely effective in reducing high blood pressure and preventing heart attacks.

In addition, kelp contains unique carbohydrate-like substances called fucans, which have been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Papaya Leaf

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Papaya leaf is an excellent treatment for digestive disorders and extremely useful for any disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract. Papain, the powerful enzyme in papaya leaves, helps to dissolve and digest protein and carbohydrates, thus easing stomach ailments and indigestion. Papaya has been effective in easing heartburn and also stimulates the appetite.

Papain can also relieve acute prostate inflammation and can be very helpful in cases of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), a disease that afflicts 80% of all intact male dogs over the age of 5.

Papaya leaf stimulates digestive acids and the production of bile, which will lead to a healthier liver and pancreas. It also stimulates the bowels in times of constipations and is useful in treating inflammatory bowel disorders.

The University of Florida has done research that shows papaya leaf can boost key signaling molecules called TH1-Type cytokines which help regulate the immune system and may also have dramatic cancer fighting properties.

In many areas of the world, papaya is used as an anthelmintic to eliminate worms and other parasites. It is thought that the papain actually digests the invaders and works as a natural dewormer by increasing movement in the intestine.

Parsley

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A relative to celery, parsley contains two types of nutrients that provide amazing health benefits. The first type are volatile oil components, which include myristicin, limonene, eugenol and alphathujene. These volatile oils, especially myristicin, have been shown to inhibit tumor formation – particularly tumors in the lungs. Myristicin also activates the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which attaches the molecule glutathione to oxidized molecules that would otherwise do damage to the body. Parsleys’s volatile oils make it a “chemoprotective” food which is a food that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens (cancer causing substances).

The second type of nutrient found abundantly in parsley are flavonoids including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol and luteolin. Flavonoids, especially luteolin, function as antioxidants that readily combine with highly reactive oxygen radicals and help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells. Extracts of parsley have been shown to increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood.

Parsley is also an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A – mostly in the form of carotenoid and beta-carotene. Both of these vitamins have outstanding antioxidant capabilities that protect two different areas of the body. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and works to render harmless dangerous free radicals in the water-soluble areas of the body, while vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin, does the same in the fat-soluble areas. Both of these powerful antioxidants also have anti-inflammatory capabilities and are extremely effective at reducing the symptoms of asthma and arthritis.

Parsley contains high levels of folate, which is one of the most important B vitamins and is critical for cardiovascular health. It is also very high in vitamin K, which is vital for blood clotting.
In addition, scientific evaluations of parsley have shown that it enhances the kidney’s ability to excrete sodium and water, acting as a natural diuretic. It also improves the function of potassium in the body, which counteracts the negative affects of salt.

PLEASE NOTE: There are many people out there who do not recommend feeding your dog parsley due to the fact the it contains oxalic acid, a compound that can interfere with the absorption of calcium. Oxalic acid does this by combining chemically with the calcium to form calcium oxalates (also known as kidney stones). While research studies confirm the ability of oxalic acid in foods to lower the availability of calcium, the decrease in available calcium is relatively small. In addition, the calcium absorption from other food sources, consumed at the same time as foods with oxalic acid, will not be effected. Many of our vegetables are high in potassium and magnesium both of which improve the absorption of ingested calcium, as well as minimize the effects of calcium stone formation. Many studies also confirm that ingesting certain types of calcium when ingesting food high in oxalic acid actually helps the body to better absorb and dispose of the oxalic acid. The calcium citrate we add to our vegetable mixes not only balances the calcium and phosphorus to the correct ratio, it also works by increasing the solubility of oxalates in the urine – the citrate portion of the supplement actually prevents crystals from forming and lets the oxalate be flushed out of the body. While we do NOT recommend parsley for any dog suffering from kidney disease, it is perfectly fine for normal, healthy dogs.

Peas

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Green peas provide many nutrients that are essential for maintaining bone health. They are an excellent source of vitamin K. K2, a nutrient that activates osteocalcin, which is a major non-collagen protein in bone, actually anchors calcium molecules inside the bone, keeping them strong and healthy.

Green peas also serve as an excellent source of folate and vitamin B6. These two nutrients help to reduce the buildup of a metabolic byproduct known as homocysteine, a dangerous molecule that can seriously compromise bone. In addition to affecting bone health, homocysteine can damage blood vessels. Therefore the folate and B6 in green peas can improve cardiovascular health as well.

Green peas are an important food to include in your dog’s diet if he often seems fatigued. The B vitamins (thiamin, B6, riboflavin, niacin) in green peas are nutrients necessary for carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism. Green peas are also a good source of iron, a mineral vital for normal blood cell formation and function.

Peas are a very good source of vitamin C which helps the body develop resistance to infectious diseases and scavenges harmful inflammatory free radicals. Green peas also contain phytosterols, especially B-sitosterol, which helps lower cholesterol levels.

Sweet Peppers – Red and Green

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Peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A, two very powerful antioxidants that work together to neutralize free radicals which can cause major damage to cells throughout the body. Free radicals are responsible for the build up of cholesterol in the arteries that leads to heart disease, the nerve and blood damage seen in diabetes, the cloudy lenses of cataracts, and the wheezing of asthma.

Peppers also contain vitamin B6 and folate, two vitamins known for reducing high levels of homocysteine, which damages bone and blood vessels. Bell peppers are also high in fiber which can lower cholesterol levels and remove toxins from the colon quickly.

Red peppers are one of the few foods that contain lycopene, a carotenoid which can drastically reduce the incidence of cancer. Peppers also appear to have a protective effect against cataracts, probably due to their rich vitamin c and beta-carotene content.

Spinach

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Calorie for calorie, spinach provides more nutrients than any other food. Researchers have identified at least 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as antioxidants and as anti-cancer agents. The anti-cancer properties of these flavonoids have been so impressive that researchers have created specialized spinach extracts to use in controlled studies. These extracts have been shown to slow down cell division in stomach cancer, and reduce skin cancers.

A carotenoid found in spinach fights prostate cancer in two ways. The carotenoid, called neoxanthin, not only induces prostate cancer cells to self destruct, but in the intestines it is converted into additional compounds, called neochromes, which actually put prostate cancer cells into a state of stasis.

The high levels of vitamin K provided by spinach is important for maintaining healthy bones. Vitamin K1 helps prevent excessive activation of osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone, while friendly bacteria in the intestines convert K1 into vitamin K2, which activates osteocalcin, the major non-collagen protein in bone. Spinach is also an excellent source of other bone building nutrients including calcium and magnesium.

For heart health, few foods compare to spinach for their sheer number of helpful nutrients. An excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A, with its high concentration of beta-carotene, spinach provides important antioxidants that reduce the amount of free radicals and also work to prevent cholesterol from building up in blood vessel walls. Two other heart-healthy nutrients found in spinach are folate and magnesium.

A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry revealed that spinach contains four peptides (protein compounds) that inhibit antiotensin I-converting enzyme. This is the same enzyme blocked by ACE inhibitor drugs, which are used to lower blood pressure. When given to laboratory animals, spinach produced a blood pressure lowering effect within two to four hours.

The vitamin C and beta-carotene in spinach helps to protect colon cells from free radicals while the folate in spinach helps to prevent DNA damage and mutations in colon cells.
Since beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin K all have anti-inflammatory properties, spinach is an excellent choice for dogs suffering from arthritis.

Spinach also contains high levels of riboflavin, vitamin E, iron and lutein, a carotenoid the protects against eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

PLEASE NOTE: There are many people out there who do not recommend feeding your dog spinach due to the fact the it contains oxalic acid, a compound that can interfere with the absorption of calcium. Oxalic acid does this by combining chemically with the calcium to form calcium oxalates (also known as kidney stones). While research studies confirm the ability of oxalic acid in foods to lower the availability of calcium, the decrease in available calcium is relatively small. In addition, the calcium absorption from other food sources, consumed at the same time as foods with oxalic acid, will not be effected. Many of our vegetables are high in potassium and magnesium both of which improve the absorption of ingested calcium, as well as minimize the effects of calcium stone formation. Many studies also confirm that ingesting certain types of calcium when ingesting food high in oxalic acid actually helps the body to better absorb and dispose of the oxalic acid. The calcium citrate we add to our vegetable mixes not only balances the calcium to phosphorus to the correct ratio, it also works by increasing the solubility of oxalates in the urine – the citrate portion of the supplement actually prevents crystals from forming and lets the oxalate be flushed out of the body. While we do NOT recommend spinach for any dog suffering from kidney disease, it is perfectly fine for normal, healthy dogs.

Sweet Potato

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Sweet potatoes contain unique root storage proteins that are impressive antioxidants. Studies have shown that these proteins have fully one-third the antioxidant activity of glutathione, one of the body’s most impressive internally produced antioxidants.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and vitamin C, both of which are considered to be powerful antioxidants that work to eliminate free radicals. These nutrients, along with magnesium and zinc, which are also found in sweet potatoes, are all highly anti-inflammatory, and have been shown to help reduce the severity of asthma and arthritis.

Sweet potatoes contain vitamin B6 (folate) which is necessary for the body in order to break down a dangerous metabolic byproduct called homocysteine, which has been shown to damage bone and blood vessels.

In addition, sweet potatoes are high in fiber, which can lower cholesterol levels, and in potassium and calcium, which are all very effective in curing stomach ulcers. They are a good source of copper, manganese, and iron.

Contrary to popular belief, sweet potatoes are beneficial for diabetics. They are extremely effective in regulating blood sugar levels by helping with the proper secretion and function of insulin. That does not mean dogs with diabetes should eat them indiscriminately, but owners of dogs with diabetes can confidently replace their dogs carbohydrate intake (from rice, grains, etc) with a moderate amount of sweet potatoes.

Zucchini

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Although not as potent as other root vegetables, zucchini has been shown to have anti-cancer type effects, specifically in their ability to prevent cell mutations.

Zucchini has also been found to help reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), a condition that afflicts 80% of all intact male dogs over the age of 5. In this condition, the prostate gland becomes enlarged causing difficulty in urination.

Zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A – the powerful antioxidant duo noted for eliminating free radicals.

The magnesium found in zucchini has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and is also helpful in reducing high blood pressure. The folate in zucchini is needed to break down a dangerous metabolic byproduct called homocysteine, which can damage blood vessels and bone. Zucchini also contains riboflavin, which helps protect cells from oxygen damage.
Zucchini is a good source of fiber, which can lower cholesterol levels. It also contains high levels of potassium and calcium, which are effective against stomach ulcers. The copper found in zucchini helps to keep the thyroid gland functioning normally and is essential in helping your dog utilize iron.
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