Benefits Of Turmeric For Dogs
What if I told you that the simple, inexpensive spice that is sitting in your kitchen cupboard and which you are using in almost all your Indian curries is a wonder drug for your dog?
What if I told you that over 6000 studies have shown that by adding this spice to your furry’s daily diet you can make a huge difference to their health and lifespan?
What if I told you that if you have not started adding turmeric to your pet’s daily diet, then you are making a huge mistake?
Yes! The ubiquitous and indispensable spice TURMERIC in every Indian kitchen is a wonder drug that has shown better results than some of the more expensive commercial drugs and supplements out there in the market.
Some of the most common drugs that Turmeric may beat hands-down are:
- Arthritis drugs
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Bowel disease drugs and many more
It may sound crazy but researches have shown that Turmeric when used judiciously can show better results than many of the more expensive drugs as a preventive and treatment drug.
TURMERIC CONTAINS AN ACTIVE COMPOUND CURCUMIN THAT HAS AMAZING HEALING PROPERTIES
Turmeric is obtained from the roots of a plant from the ginger family called Curcuma longa. It looks very similar to ginger roots but has a more intense yellow color.
Turmeric contains many plant substances but the group called Curcuminoids gives the most health promoting effect to Turmeric. The 3 notable Curcuminoids are demethoxyxurcumin, bisdemothoxycurcumin and curcumin.
Out of these 3; Curcumin is most active and is loaded with health benefits. Curcumin also gives the distinct yellow color to Turmeric.
CURCUMIN IS KNOWN FOR ITS ANTI-TUMOR, ANTI-INFLAMATORY, ANTI-BACTERIAL, ANTI-FUNGAL, HEALING AND ANTIOXIDANT EFFECTS.
In India, Turmeric is traditionally used as an Ayurveda medicine in the treatment of many digestive issues, pains, aches and skin conditions. The same health benefits are evident when given to pets.
Here are some of the reasons why you must use Turmeric in your furry’s diet:
1. TURMERIC IS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Inflammation is a problem that not just plagues the older dogs or dogs with joint problems, but a chronic and undetected inflammation is like a silent killer for dogs of all age groups. It hampers the quality of life of your pet and is a root cause for many physical and psychological problems in your furry.
An acute inflammation that is a result of bacterial or viral infection is not bad because that is a result of release of the fighter white blood cells. It is actually the low-grade chronic inflammation that stays in the body for a long time, that is the real culprit!
Low-grade chronic inflammation can lead to early joint degeneration. These degenerative and inflammatory health issues in your dog can be easily fought by adding Curcumin to their diet.
Studies have shown that Curcumin in Turmeric can even outperform many of the commercial anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin.
2. TURMERIC CAN TREAT ARTHRITIS PAIN
Arthritis is a result of inflammation in the joints and turmeric will not just reduce the inflammation but is also a great pain reliever – in fact better that conventional pain medicine.
The best part about using Turmeric in place of commercial pain medicine is the complete absence of side-effects that is part and parcel of every commercial pain drug.
3. TURMERIC PREVENTS AND FIGHTS CANCER
Inflammation can lead to cancer in many cases and Turmeric being anti-inflammatory it reduces the chances of the pre-cancerous inflammation turning cancerous.
American Cancer Society claims – “Recently Curcumin has received a great deal of focus due to its ability to reduce the size of tumor and kill cancer cells. Curcumin interferes with the development, growth and spread of cancer”.
Studies have shown that nearly half of the dogs today will get cancer.
Turmeric not just prevents but even kills cancer cells and prevents more from growing.
There is numerous Benefits Of Turmeric For Dogs.
4. TURMERIC TREATS GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS
Turmeric with its anti-inflammatory effects is helpful in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and other gastrointestinal disorders. Turmeric has a positive effect on reducing gut inflammation.
With its anti-inflammatory properties and no side effects, Turmeric is your best bet for treating IBD naturally.
5. TURMERIC BETTER THAN STEROIDS
Studies have shown that Curcumin is just as effective as steroids in treating joint pain and allergies in dogs and the lack of side effects make it a better option than steroids.
A study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology even shows that by combining steroid with curcumin you can reduce unwanted side effects of steroids substantially.
6. TURMERIC IS AN ANTIOXIDANT
Turmeric is a very powerful antioxidant and can help slow down the aging and degenerative process in your dog thereby increasing the lifespan and quality of life.
As an antioxidant, Turmeric fights the free radicals in the body. These free radicals that are actually the by-product of the body’s metabolism, when left unchecked can attack the DNA and the molecular structure of the body, resulting in cancer and many other ailments. Too many free radicals in the body hasten the aging process of the body.
HOW CAN YOU GIVE TURMERIC TO YOUR DOG?
Now that you know how amazing Curcumin in the Turmeric is for your dog, let’s look at how to make it a part of their daily diet.
Curcumin in the Turmeric powder is hard to absorb by your dog unless combined with certain other ingredients to increase its bioavailability for the body.
When combined with healthy oil like Coconut Oil, the absorption of Curcumin increases significantly. Researches have also shown that the phytochemicals of black pepper called Peperine increases the absorption of Curcumin by 2000%.
So, to expect best results from Turmeric combine it with these 2 ingredients to make a lovely golden paste and add it to your furry’s daily meals. It is best to use the organically produced turmeric roots when making this paste instead of the commercial turmeric powder that might be loaded with harmful and artificial coloring agents.
FurrMeals Golden Turmeric Paste made with organic fresh turmeric roots, organic peppercorns and cold pressed Coconut Oil has just the right combination of all the essential ingredients to make it the best therapeutic and medicinal paste for your furry.
You can add FurrMeals Golden Turmeric Paste directly to your furry’s meals. Turmeric doesn’t last too long in the body and leaves the body quickly so small quantities can be fed multiple times in a day with the meals. Most dogs won’t even mind the taste and eat their food without much fuss.
Like with every new addition or change in their food, it is best to go slow and then gradually reach the optimum level.
- Small dogs can have 1/4tsp every meal
- Medium dogs can have 1/2 tsp every meal
- Large dogs can have 3/4 tsp every meal
- Giant dogs can have 1 tsp every meal
Potential Side Effects of Turmeric: The best part about Turmeric is that it is a very safe spice with absolutely no side effects. However it is a warming spice, so if your dog is always hot and keeps seeking cool floors to lie on, even in winters, then Turmeric might not be for him.
Turmeric can also interfere with some medicines. So if your furry is on some medication then it is best to check with your vet or a holistic veterinary nutritionist before adding FurrMeals Golden Turmeric Paste to their diet.
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