Is it possible that a little spice could make a huge difference in your dog’s health and lifespan? You probably have a spice in your kitchen cupboard right now.
I know it sounds crazy, but research shows it’s true … turmeric (the spice used in curries and mustards) has over 6,000 studies to its credit.
Research shows turmeric can trump a lot of expensive drugs including:
These are a whole lot of reasons to give your dog turmeric! So let’s take a closer look at this handy little spice. And I’ll show you how much to give and which dogs shouldn’t get turmeric in a bit.
Turmeric For Dogs
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric.
Curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing and anticancer activities. It can help fight diseases like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, gastrointestinal issues and more.
One study even called it “Cure-cumin” because of its long list of promising therapeutic and clinical uses.
Let’s look at the Top 5 ways that turmeric can benefit your dog.
#1 – Turmeric Is Anti-Inflammatory
You may be thinking inflammation is only a problem for dogs with joint disease … but chronic, hidden inflammation is a silent killer. It’s the root of nearly all disease.
Cancer, arthritis, allergies, kidney disease, dental disease, digestive disease … are all caused by inflammation. Not all inflammation in the body is a bad thing.
White blood cells will be released from the body tissues if your dog is exposed to a Viruses orbacteria.
But chronic inflammation … the kind of low-grade inflammation that stays for weeks, months and even years … is the true cause of most degenerative and inflammatory health issues in your dog.
Researchers have found that dental disease can be linked to heart disease. Bladder cancer can be caused by chronic bladder infections.
And they’re finding that chronic low-grade inflammation is a major driver of arthritis and joint degeneration. A 2014 study found that the curcumin found in turmeric (its active ingredient) outperformed ibuprofen in people with arthritis.
But turmeric doesn’t just control the inflammation in joint disease. Another 2004 study in Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) worked just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs. And turmeric worked better than both aspirin and ibuprofen.
Inflammation is the key driver of most diseases in the body … And turmeric is one of the best natural anti-inflammatories either nature or medicine has to offer.
As we look at the next few reasons to give your dog turmeric, keep this in mind…
#2 – Turmeric For Dogs With Cancer
We know that inflammation can lead to cancer, and we know that turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidants.
A UK study showed that curcumin could stop the precancerous changes from becoming cancer. So turmeric can help prevent cancer … And turmeric can also treat cancer naturally.
The results of cancer research done on turmeric are very promising. It has been shown that taro can kill cancer cells and prevent them from growing.
The American Cancer Society claims, “Curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill cancer cells.“
Half of adult dogs today will get cancer … so turmeric could be a great way to protect your dog from cancer and the inflammation that causes it.
#3 – Turmeric Can Relieve Arthritis Pain
We know that inflammation is the cause of arthritis and that it can be alleviated with the help of turmeric.
Turmeric can also relieve the pain and stiffness in arthritis … better than conventional conventional pain medications.
In 2014 a group of researchers in Thailand published a study comparing the effects of curcumin vs ibuprofen treatment in patients with knee osteoarthritis. They found that curcumin worked just as well as ibuprofen to reduce pain …
But without the gastrointestinal side effects experienced by the patients who took ibuprofen.
Which brings us to the next benefit…
RELATED: The problem with NSAIDs for dogs …
#4 – Turmeric Can Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects can be helpful in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well as other gastrointestinal disorders.
It has been shown in several studies that it has positive effects on gut inflammation and gut permeability.
Researchers at Hamamatsu South Hospital in Japan commented that curcumin’s “inhibitory effects on major inflammatory mechanisms […] and its unrivaled safety profile suggest it has bright prospects in the treatment of IBD.”
#5 – Turmeric Can Replace Steroids
Many dogs are on steroids for allergies and joint pain – but some studies show curcumin is just as effective as steroids. The authors note: “The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids.”
Another study published in the The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology is a journal. shows that combining curcumin with a steroid reduced the side effects of this dangerous medication.
And that’s the 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.
How To Make Turmeric Golden Paste
There are a few things you need to know if you are going to give your dog a supplement.
The curcumin in turmeric is hard for your dog to absorb if it’s given by itself. So it’s important to combine turmeric with a healthy oil like MCT oil. This can increase the absorption significantly.
Dr Michael Greger MD also found that a phytochemical in black pepper called peperine that can increase the absorption of curcumin by up to 2,000%. So you can’t give turmeric by itself and expect good results.
There is a simple recipe that you can make that will bring out the benefits of turmeric.
- 1/2 cup of organic powders.
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water can be used.
- Freshly ground black pepper is 1 1/2 percent.
- A cup of organic oil or butter.
- In a pan, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of turmeric. If you have to thin your paste a bit, save the remaining water.
- For about 7 to 10 minutes, stir the liquid on low/medium heat. In this time, it should form a thick paste.
- Add a little more water if the paste gets too thick.
- If the paste looks watery, add a little more turmeric and heat it for a couple of minutes.
- Add the pepper and oil after your paste has made a thick paste.
- Allow the mixture to cool down.
- You can store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
*Most Golden Paste recipes use coconut oil. But coconut oil isn’t the best choice for your dog’s gut health. So, for an even healthier Golden Paste, I recommend using organic MCT oil or organic ghee (clarified butter) instead. If you use MCT oil, make sure it doesn’t have lauric acid.
How Much Turmeric For Dogs?
You can add the Golden Paste directly to your dog’s meals by mixing it with some water or kefir. Most dogs don’t mind the taste at all!
Here is the amount of golden paste to give to your dog.
- Small dogs should start with about a quarter of a liter per day.
- Medium dogs can start with a small amount of food each day.
- A large dog can start with 1/3 of a cup per day.
- The giant dogs can start with a small amount of food.
This is a rough starting point, but you can increase the amount from there, up to about a Tbsp for larger dogs. But you’ll want to give turmeric in smaller amounts a few times a day because curcumin leaves the body quickly.
And you’ll want to be careful when you’re working with turmeric … Its bright yellow color can stain your hands, countertops and your dog!
He will be sporting a yellow mustache if you mix yourTurmeric paste with some kefir.
Turmeric is also binding and can cause constipation, so add some water or kefir to his meals when you add turmeric.
Potential Turmeric Side Effects
It is the best thing about turmeric that it works. Some dogs should not get the medicine.
Turmeric is a “warming” spice, so if your dog is always hot and seeking out cool floors to lie on, turmeric may not be for him.
Turmeric can interact with some medications, including anti-inflammatory and diabetes drugs. And it may interfere with some chemotherapy treatments. So if your dog is on any medications, check with your holistic vet before adding turmeric to his diet.
It is always best to check but it is possible that it will only help. Patients with bile tract obstruction or gallstones are at risk of being harmed by turmeric.
Bonus: Turmeric Is A Powerful Antioxidant
There are a lot of reasons to give your dog a supplement. I haven’t mentioned the best one yet…
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and antioxidants can slow down aging, degeneration and even increase lifespan. Oxidative stress builds up in your dog over time, just like rust. It causes damage to the cells, proteins and DNA in your dog’s body.
A 2015 study discussed how oxidative stress activates inflammatory pathways and leads to chronic diseases, including cancer. The research suggests that “curcumin can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of chronic inflammation diseases.”
There are a lot of reasons to add turmeric to your dog’s diet. It’s time to move over variety and go with turmeric.