Turmeric has been used medicinally for centuries. You may be familiar with it in your spice drawer and add it to your curry. There are reportedly many benefits to be found in this yellow root, for humans and dogs BUT don’t think you can sprinkle it on your dog’s food and they will benefit because unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Turmeric has an ingredient called curcumin – curcumin is the bit that has all the benefits that you want to use, however, it is not easily absorbed by the body. To enable the body to absorb the curcumin you need to mix your turmeric with a quality oil – like coconut oil. It has also been found that Piperine found in black pepper will increase absorption by 2000% (1) in animals and humans.
Dogs Naturally had a great recipe for a turmeric sauce you can add to your dog’s mean in their blog that you can make:
Here are 5 reasons to feed turmeric to your dog:
- Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the cause behind a whole host of issues from cancer, kidney disease, dental disease, digestive disease, arthritis all comes from inflammation. (2)
- Arthritis. The pain caused by arthritic joints can be eased with turmeric – studies have shown that turmeric is as effective as conventional medicines and is safe to use on dogs. Speak to your vet if you have an arthritic dog. (2)
- Cardiovascular health. Turmeric looks after your dog’s heart. Things like blood clots and blocked arteries can be helped with the curcumin found in the turmeric. It thins the blood, protecting the arteries from fatty build-up. (2)
- Allergies. Some studies suggest curcumin is as effective as steroids for allergy treatment but without any side effects. (2)
- Potential to kill cancer. Studies have successfully shown that turmeric can inhibit and disrupt cancer cells and prevent more from growing. (2)
These are some quite amazing claims, which you can read about in more depth with all the science in the Dogs Naturally article here.
If you want to start investigating the use turmeric yourself, then don’t look any further. We seel Golden Paste (see below), an award-winning pre-made paste which comes in a handy re-sealable pouch.
PLEASE NOTE: If your dog is already under the vet or taking any medication we recommend you speak directly with your vet before you give turmeric to your dog and always, always follow the instructions on the packet.