Foods For Health
As part of my research into nutrition I began to look at whether there are foods that can help prevent or indeed treat some of the common health problems that mice experience. It is relatively well known that mice, in particular female mice, are quite susceptible to tumours and whilst slow growing, benign (non cancerous) tumours can usually be removed all too often they are aggressive and/or malignant and cannot be treated. Having lost mice myself to cancerous lumps looking at possible ways to prevent this was a priority of mine and so far the results have been very promising! Red grapes, curly kale and garlic are all reported to have anti cancer properties as well as other health benefits and though it may well be coincidence at this point my mice haven’t had a lump between them since I started regularly feeding them these foods!
Garlic contains - amongst others - a substance called alliin, which has been shown to destroy cancer cells, as well as an ingredient named allyl sulfur which helps prevent cancer cells developing. Garlic is also good for fighting infection, preventing blood clots (by thinning the blood) and boosting the immune system and so is something my mice all now get on a semi regular basis. It can be fed fresh (if you don’t mind smelly mice!), in the form of odourless capsules or as a dried powder that can usually either be sprinkled over food or added to drinking water.
Red grapes are an excellent source of flavanoids which are proven to increase the levels of important enzymes that in turn reduce the risk of several types of cancer developing. I have not found anything that says in what quantities they need to be eaten to fight cancer but as they are a healthy treat regardless I give them to my mice a couple of times a week, frozen in hot weather.
Curly Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable which is a member of the same family of vegetables as broccoli and spinach. As well as being a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and posphorus it is also rich in the antioxidant lutein. Research seems to suggest that the cancers this is most effective towards preventing is that of the mammary glands, a very common cancer in mice which makes it a very good fresh food to be added to your mouses diet.
The Wonders Of Garlic by Jack Challem
Garlic ‘Smart Bomb’ Destroys Tumours In Mice by Decision News Media
The Benefits Of Garlic In Cancer by Gloria Tsang
Red Grapes, The New Cancer Cure! from Get Ahead Living
Prevent Cancer With Red Grapes from The Bastyr Centre For Natural Health
Health Benefits Of Kale from The George Mateljan Foundation
Kale Health Benefits from The Life Enthusiast Co-op
Six Secret Disease Fighters from USA Weekend