Mushrooms for Pet Health
Posted on December 17 2019
Mushrooms and mushroom extracts have long been recognized as powerful agents for the promotion of health and wellness among humans, but there is now a growing awareness of the many benefits that they can also bring to our pets. Mushrooms are often considered to be functional superfoods that can assist with achieving a healthy weight, boosting one's immune system, and improving digestion.
Mushrooms were historically used in many cultures for healing and medicine so it's no wonder that we are discovering their many wellness benefits. Nutritionally, mushrooms have high levels of zinc, copper, potassium, and selenium, as well as B vitamins and folic acid. Reishi, maitake, and shiitake mushrooms are referred to as "medicinal mushrooms" as they contain polysaccharides that have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. These medicinal mushrooms can assist with blood sugar regulation, support liver and kidney function, contribute to healthy weight maintenance, and boost the immune system to keep your pet vital and active.
Shiitake mushrooms are particularly helpful in reducing inflammation, managing allergies, and maintaining heart health. Maitake mushrooms promote healthy digestion and allow for stable blood sugars. Both are wonderful additions to your dog's or cat's diets. We include healthy, veterinarian-approved levels of both maitake and shiitake mushrooms in all of our Longevity Raw Frozen pet food formulas to maximize your pet's nutritional health in every bite.