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Discovering Arrowroot: A Nutritional Gem for Your Dog’s Wellness

Johnna Devereaux C.P.N.
February
7
,
2024

Embarking on a journey through the world of nutrition often uncovers hidden treasures, and among these, arrowroot emerges as a quiet yet powerful gem. This versatile, starchy root vegetable not only scores low on the glycemic index but also serves as a phenomenal gluten-free and grain-free option.  While dogs have no nutritional need for carbohydrates, our desire to pamper our pups with treats opens
the door to a world where arrowroot can play a perfect role in their “treat” regimen.

Arrowroot has numerous benefits and including it in your dog’s diet, especially in place of other starches, can contribute to their overall well-being. So, let’s delve deeper into the wonders of arrowroot and explore why it might be the perfect addition (or starch replacement) in your dog’s diet. As an added bonus, we’ve crafted an easy, limited ingredient recipe, allowing you to whip up some tasty treats right in your own kitchen.

But first, why is arrowroot so great?

Arrowroot is gluten-free.

To truly appreciate this, let’s take a brief journey into the intricacies of the dog gastrointestinal tract.  Dogs have tight junctions in their gut that function to maintain the impermeability of their intestinal lining. When dogs eat gluten, it can trigger the release of a protein called zonulin. This protein, unfortunately, reduces resistance at these tight junctions, disrupting their integrity, and allowing unwanted particles to pass through the gut barrier. These disruptions can be the cause for leaky gut and
inflammation that can progress to specific gastrointestinal disorders and other systemic issues.

In simpler terms, gluten-containing products may have a negative impact on both the gut, and overall, health.

Arrowroot is a prebiotic.

Within our dogs’ gastrointestinal tract exists a delicate balance between pathogenic and beneficial microorganisms—collectively known as the gut microbiome. This intricate balance directly influences various organs and systems throughout the body. Ensuring a diversified microbiome is essential, as studies indicate gut microbiota have a profound influence on the immune system. Arrowroot, functioning as a prebiotic, nourishes the positive bacteria, promoting a healthy gut environment.  As it resists digestion and undergoes fermentation in the large intestines, it transforms into short-chain fatty acids. These types of fatty acid have anti-inflammatory properties, exhibit cardiovascular protection, neuroprotection and have potential anti-cancer effects.

Arrowroot is a good digestive aid.

As a natural demulcent, arrowroot has soothing properties that may relieve inflammation and irritation in the gastrointestinal tract, making it a go-to option for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Add in arrowroot’s fiber content and it becomes a digestive powerhouse that promotes regular bowel movements, firms loose stool and provides relief for those pups with delicate digestive systems.

In conclusion, arrowroot stands out as a great holistic option for your dog;’s overall well-being. By opting for arrowroot in your dog’s treats, you’re not just offering a delicious snack but a thoughtful contribution to their health. It’s gluten-free nature addresses other potential pitfalls associated with other starched, protecting your dog’s gut health and overall vitality,. Acting as a prebiotic, arrowroot nurtures a harmonious gut microbiome, supporting immune and systemic health. Furthermore, it’s prowess and a digestive aid, coupled iwht its natural demulcent properties, make it a gentle yet effective solution for dogs with sensitive stomachs. And now, without further ado, let’s dive into an easy-to-follow recipe, allowing you to treat your furry friend to the goodness of arrowroot, right from the your very own kitchen. Be well.

 

The points of view expressed above are those of our clinical pet nutritionist and supported by science, her education and experience. However, we recognize there may be different points of view or opinions on some aspect or even the premise of this article. Our goal at Bow Wow Labs is to provide the best, clearest, and most helpful information possible to help keep your dog happy, healthy and safe.

 

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical or veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon or perceived as specific medical or veterinary advice.

References:
Kumalasari ID, Harmayani E, Lestari LA, Raharjo S, Asmara W, Nishi K, Sugahara T. Evaluation of immunostimulatory effect of the arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea. L) in vitro and in vivo.  Cytotechnology. 2012 Mar;64(2):131-7. doi: 10.1007/s10616-011-9403-4. Epub 2011 Oct 25. PMID: 22038480; PMCID: PMC3279578.
Jayampathi T, Jayatilake S (2018) Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea) Extract Increases the Survival of Probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus. J Prob Health 6: 199

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