For thousands of years, turmeric, a spice made by grinding up the curcuma longa plant, has been used in traditional Eastern medicine as a powerful healer to treat a whole host of medical complaints including inflammatory conditions, cancer, arthritis, allergies, digestive issues and even anxiety.
In recent years, modern science has started to take note and now over 6000 studies from around the world confirm the medicinal benefits of this wonder spice.
Chronic inflammation is the root cause of nearly all disease in dogs. From dental complaints to arthritis, chronic inflammation is the bad guy pulling the strings behind the scenes.
Thanks to it's potent anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric has become a popular option for treating dogs suffering with arthritis to naturally reduce inflammation and pain and mitigate stiffness. Supplementing your dog's diet with turmeric can help improve their mobility, meaning there’s no need for Rover to give up on chasing those pesky squirrels just yet!
Fighting Back Against Cancer
Cancer. It’s the word none of us want to hear but half of adult dogs will get cancer in their lifetime. A third of studies done on turmeric to date relate to cancer research and the findings have been startling.
British boffins were able to show that turmeric is not only able to fight back against and even kill cancer cells but also help prevent them from developing in the first place.
Whilst most of the cancer research so far has been done on humans and in labs, turmeric is showing such promising signs that many vets already include it in their care plans for their cancer patients. So it’s well worth speaking to your vet about adding this wonder spice to your dog's diet.
Allergy symptoms such as runny noses and itchy skin happen when your dog’s immune system pulls a Karen and reacts to things such as dust, pollen or certain foods that don’t warrant an immune response. This makes for a miserable, uncomfortable pooch.
Anti-allergy drugs work by suppressing the immune system but this in turn exposes your dog to a greater risk from viruses, bacteria and even cancer.
Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric has been found to boast naturally occurring antihistamine properties. When put to the test under lab conditions, turmeric showed a marked inhibition of allergic response in the animals treated. Without compromising their immune system! Woohoo!
I hear you... 'So how does it work?'
Stand by for some science! ( You might want to get a brew for this bit)
The active compound in turmeric is called Curcumin. This gives the spice its bright orange colour and has been found to have antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, wound healing, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties! We know, WOWZERS!
But with all these benefits there’s usually a downside and curcumin’s is its bioavailability. Bioavailability is geek speak for the amount of a compound that actually reaches the intended part of the body to do it’s thing. Curcumin’s bioavailability vibes are poor with only a small amount getting to the places it needs to, limiting it’s benefits to health.
Luckily, a team of nifty scientists discovered that combining curcumin with fats and a compound found in black pepper – piperine – can increase it’s bioavailability by up to a whopping 2000%! We love science geeks!
Enter the arena ‘Golden Paste’…
The healing powers of ‘Golden Paste’, an easy to make, powerful combination of the three amigos – curcumin, piperine and fats – often referred to as Liquid Gold can be used to treat a wide range of canine complaints and best of all it’s super easy to make at home and will leave enough money in your pocket for that snazzy collar you’ve had your eye on! Here’s the how to!
· 1 cup of water
· 1/2 cup of turmeric powder
· 4 tablespoons of organic raw coconut oil
· 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
1. Mix the water and turmeric on low heat until it forms a nice paste
2. Add in the coconut oil and black pepper and mix well
3. Pour into a container (we use coffee jars!) and let it cool
To keep your mixture fresh keep it in the fridge and use within 2-3 weeks. Canine dieticians recommend adding half a teaspoon of golden paste per 10kg of body weight per day to their regular meal. If your dog isn’t keen on the taste adding a teaspoon of something tasty to the mix like cinnamon can help the medicine go down.
Let us know if you give it a go!