Glands are organs that secrete substances which produce a physiological response. Glandular therapy refers to the practice of using whole animal organs/glands/tissue to support or promote the healthy functioning of a body’s internal organs.
Scientific interest in the therapeutic potential for glandular tissues have increased. Gland/organ therapy, refers to the process of feeding specific animal proteins found in the glands or organs (termed oral auto-antigens), to an animal (or human) with an autoimmune condition. What happens is that when the glandular protein is fed to the animal and subsequently passes through the gut immune tissue, it is thought to desensitize the body’s immune response to these proteins, thus calming the body’s response to its own similar tissue. During this process, immune cells are transformed from “attacking” or “inflammatory” cells to less reactive cells, termed “regulatory” cells. Glandular or organ therapy also stimulates the production of “regulatory cytokines” that help to moderate inflammatory responses within the body.
Wild carnivores eat the intestines, internal organs and glands, such as liver, pancreas, spleen, thyroid, kidneys, brain, adrenals, etc. first, after a kill because the highest priority is placed on eating these organs – most likely due to their concentrated, dense nutrient content.
Our companion dogs and cats, while domesticated, are still carnivores/predators. For millennia, they have survived by eating other animals. The genetic makeup of our companion animals is historically, in combination with other factors, based on a diet that includes raw organ meats and glands.
Glandular tissues contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, peptides, nucleotides, and other nutrients, specific to each gland or organ.
Processed pet foods as well as pre-ground raw meat diets some raw feeders choose to fee, do not include glandular tissues as ingredients.The removal of this necessary food group may well be one of the major contributing factors to the growing number of chronic health conditions seen in pets today.
For even more information on feeding glands to our dogs, you can read the entire article HERE
I personally have found only one company that produces dried, raw glands (and organs) from pasture raised, toxin-free animals with NOTHING else added. You can find out more about them and how to order them HERE