If you google the word "turmeric" you'll be flooded with pages about supplements, health blogs talking about the benefits of this spice, and holistic care websites. But why is the ancient spice that has been used for thousands of years highly trending in the pet community now?
It turns out that our pets can also benefit from this natural superfood in similar ways as humans.
The use of turmeric stems to ancient times with an origin in India, where it was regarded for its medicinal and flavorful properties. Preliminary studies have shown that the curcumin in turmeric touts anti-inflammatory properties and aids in digestion, among other health benefits such as:
- Maintaining pain associated to joints issues and arthritis
- Reducing blood clots due to its blood thinning properties
- Helping irritable bowel diseases since it helps break down dietary fats
- Great antioxidant
- Boosting the immune system
When introducing turmeric into your pet's diet, it's best to start slow so that their digestive system becomes accustomed to it. The recommended daily dose of turmeric is anywhere between 1/8 tsp - 1/4 tsp for every 10 lb. your dog weighs. If your pup has health concerns or is on medication, it is best to consult with a vet to see if turmeric is right for them.
Many users of turmeric rave about a "golden paste" for dogs.
A standard golden paste turmeric recipe calls for:
- 1/2 Cup of organic turmeric powder
- 1 to 1 1/2 Cups of filtered water
- 1/4 Cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil.
Mix the turmeric with the water in a pan on low to medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes until it forms a thick paste. Once it has turned into a paste, you can add the and coconut oil to make the concoction. Allow the mixture to cool and place it in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge to be used for up to two weeks.
You can then add the golden paste to your dog's food, starting with 1/4 Tsp. for every 10 lb. your dog weighs.
Dog food that contains turmeric in the ingredients can also be an alternative to figuring out your own dosing. As new food options for dogs arise, we will likely see an increase in traditionally holistic ingredients.
Some recipes will call for freshly ground black pepper because studies suggest that it maximizes the absorption of turmeric since it contains a compound called piperine. There is a lot of discussion in the dog community as to whether pepper is safe for dogs to eat due to the capsaicin it contains. It is argued that it can sometimes cause irritation in the bowels after long term and heavy use. Although most golden paste recipes call for small amounts of black pepper; due to multiple claims, our recipe leaves out pepper. Many users of turmeric claim that they have seen positive results without using black pepper.