Healthy Additions: Turmeric
Here’s a bright color to add to your dog’s diet as a preventive for just about everything. Turmeric may just be the ultimate herb for good health.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a bright orange-yellow colored root, similar in appearance to ginger. It is found in the same family as Ginger, the plant family Zingiberaceae. The root gets its color and health benefits from the pigment curcumin.
This spice is used in curries and is a common ingredient in Indian dishes, giving them their flavor and color.
What Makes Turmeric a Healthy Addition?
Turmeric has some awesome abilities. When it comes to health benefits this list never seems to run out. Check it out:
The Anti List –
- Antibacterial – a natural antibiotic
- Antiseptic – turmeric is an effective wound cleanser
- Anti-tumor, Anti-carcinogenic – the active compound, curcumin, can prevent tumor growth and can search out tumor cells and cause apoptosis (cancer cell death)
Other benefits –
- Analgesic – a natural and more effective pain reliever than aspirin
- Immune enhancer
- Neuro-protector – protects the central nervous system
- Reduces negative side effects of chemotherapy
- Digestive Aid – induces the production of bile for digestion
- Arthritis treatment – an effective anti-inflammatory and pain reliever
- Lowers serum levels after a trauma that would cause widespread internal inflammation causing organ failure.
- Lowers LDL cholesterol
- Heart healthy
- Aids detoxification of the liver
- Prevents gas and bloating (a concern for large breed dogs)
- Strengthens ligaments (a concern for highly active and small breed dogs prone to patellar luxation.)
“… Main benefit of turmeric – not only can it work just as well as many prescription and over-the-counter drugs, it doesn’t carry the same nasty, unwanted side effects.” D
Potential to Replace Chemo
“Turmeric, and the component inside called curcumin, turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head by possessing hundreds of potential benefits. It has been observed to positively moderate over 160 different physiological pathways in the mammalian body.” B
The Anticancer Research journal has a study on this extensively researched root, showing that it has the ability to target cancer stem cells and cause cell death. At the same time, it causes no harm to healthy cells.
When teamed with cauliflower, a healthy low-carb vegetable, curcumin becomes even more potent against cancer.
There are very few concerns to consider when using this Healthy Addition.
First, be careful what it comes in contact with, as its brilliant orange color will stain. However, if your dog gets an orange mustache don’t worry, it will fade soon.
Second, turmeric may interact with some medications such as anti-inflammatory and diabetes drugs, and some chemotherapy treatments. Always check with your veterinarian if your dog is on a medication.
Note: Turmeric is not suggested for use in dogs with bile tract obstruction or gallstones.
Oddly, the major concern is that it is rather difficult to digest by itself. However, there is a very simple and healthful solution to this…
How to Feed Turmeric For Optimum Digestion
Dr. Michael Greger, MD, found that black pepper, with the active ingredient peperine, increases the absorption of curcumin by up to 2,000%.
This knowledge becomes very useful when a healthy fat source is also included. A combination of turmeric, black pepper, and coconut oil is a very effective way to get all the benefits.
Two ways to use turmeric include the powdered form of the root (turmeric powder) and curcumin powder.
Dr. Jean Dodds recommends feeding 360 to 500 mg of curcumin powder per day, with the dosage divided between three feedings throughout the day for continual effect.
Turmeric root powder can be given ¼ teaspoon for ten pounds of body weight.
Give your dog the gift of health with this turmeric gravy!
Start by feeding 1/3 of this mixture or even less for small dogs or dogs with sensitive stomachs. If your dog takes well to the recipe for a few days at a low dose, then you can gradually increase the amount.
Split the gravy between your dog’s meals. Use especially after vaccination, flea, tick, and heartworm medications, vaccinations, stressful situations, and injuries.
Add this simple herb, with superpowers, to your dog’s diet and the benefits will make him a Satisfied Dog!
– Cassy Kay
A Peralta, Jessica. “The Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs” dogsnaturallymagazine.com. Web. Accessed Nov. 25, 2017. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-benefits-of-turmeric-for-dogs/
B Habib, Rodney. “Curcumin – New Study Shows Turmeric Puts Chemo to Shame (A must-add to your pet’s diet!)” planetpaws.ca. Web. Accessed Nov. 25, 2017. https://www.planetpaws.ca/2015/07/05/curcumin-dogs-cancer/
C Karen. “Turmeric and Curcumin – Good for Your Dog’s and Cat’s Health” ottawavalleydogwhisperer.com Nov. 21, 2012. Web. Accessed Nov. 25, 2017. http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.com/search?q=turmeric
D Scott, Dana. “Turmeric for Dogs.” Dogsnaturallymagazine.com. Web. Accessed Nov. 25, 2017. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/turmeric-dogs/
Video by Rodney Habib. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io-n1pdZNWo