The other night I stumbled upon an illuminating study conducted by Dr. Anne Hielm-Bjorkman (from the vet school in Helsinki, Finland), who also happens to be the leading researcher on the effects of raw diets for dogs. Her ground-breaking work has spanned over two decades.
In a nutshell: the study I'm referring concerned homocysteine, a marker of inflammation and chronic disease in the body, and how different levels of it affected the dogs she examined, (four groups of dogs for six months).
Group 1 were former raw fed-dogs that were switched to kibble for the second half of the study, (the last three months). Group 2 were kibble-fed dogs that were switched to raw food for three months. Groups 3 & 4 continued eating their regular food (either dry or raw for the full six-month study).
Key take-away: HOMOCYSTEINE IS A MARKER OF CHRONIC DISEASE
Guess what? The raw-fed dogs fed raw that continued on the raw diet had the lowest homocysteine levels, at 0.17mM (a very favorable level). But the kibble-fed dogs that continued eating dry food had the highest levels of homocysteine, 10 times more than the raw fed group (1.57mM). Alarming!
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