This very topic is one i find really fascinating in both medicine and nutrition! As i’m not a Dr i’ll not be talking about these in the medicinal sense only nutritional, but i will mark those that do serve medicinal purposes with an ” * ” and you can do your own independent research off the back of it.
May UK owners “weed” their garden, unknowingly destroying and removing beneficial plants and roots of but i’m hoping this may make them think twice!
Here is a list of common “Weeds” that have a nutritional benefit to humans and dogs!
- Dandelions*- Leaves/Flower/Root* (Properties: Vitamins: A, C ,K and B’s including Folate , Minerals: iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, Prebiotics: Inulin (Roots)
- Nettles* (Properties :Vitamins A,C K, and B, Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Sodium, Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3/6/9), All Essential Amino Acids, Polyphenols/Flavanoids included Queretin and Antioxidants such as Beta-carotene, Lutein, Luteoxanthin and other Carotenoids
- Hairy Bittercress* (Properties: Vitamins: C, Antioxidants: Beta-Carotine , Lutein and Fibre)
- Goosegrass* (Properties: Vitamins: High in C, Fibre)
- Garlic Mustard* -Leaves (Properties: Vitamins A-B-C-E, Minerals: Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Copper, Iron and Manganese as well as Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3) and Fibre.
- Ground Elder *– Leaves/Shoots (Properties: Vitamins: Vitamin C, Flavanoids, Antioxidants and Fibre)
- Fennel* (Properties: Vitamins: A, C, B6 , E and K, Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium , Antioxidants: Beta-Carotene, Lutein ,Zeaxanthin , Choline and Fibre
- Chickweed: (Properties: Vitamins: B, C Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, and Zinc, Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3/6/9), Antioxidants and Fibre
Each of these listed above are common weeds that people dismiss , you will also bump into several of these on your walks, so why waste them? These can help you provide a nutritional boost to your dogs system and improve their gut flora by helping to detox the body!
Treat these like any other vegetable you add in to your dogs meal, Wash them thoroughly , chop and lightly steam before feeding to help your dog utilise their great properties , how many of you reading this have noticed your dog(s) selecting Goosegrass on walks? That would indicate your dog may be struggling to synthesise Vitamin C for themselves so they are selecting Goosegrass as they know it has what they need, but please be mindful , depending on the location of them they could be sprayed! 😦
This is why it’s also important to use natural herbicides and pesticides because if these chemicals taint the soil it will taint the crops growing in there which will then effect the dog if they self selects them!
Many have even dehydrated these and ground into super powders adding up to 1tsp per meal depending on the size of the dog!! If you don’t want to forage your own for free, then you can always buy them as some health food shops will sell these 🙂