Most people have heard of the spice turmeric. Known as the golden spice due to it’s precious colour and used to enhance cooking, particularly delicious Indian curries. But did you know that turmeric also has some surprising health related qualities….for you and your dog? Read on to find out more.
Curcumin – The Magic Compound
Turmeric on it’s own may provide little benefit to your dog. We don’t recommend you empty the bottles in your spice cupboard over your dog’s food. That’s because the beneficial part of turmeric is a special compound curcumin. This is the part that can give many of the benefits we will mention below. It is an antioxidant, anti inflammatory, anti fungal and fights bacteria! But it needs something like black pepper or coconut oil to help you or your dog’s body absorb it and take full advantage.
It’s An Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation in your body, or that of your dog, can be the root of many ailments and diseases – not just those in the joints. Cancers, dental decay and organ diseases such as heart and kidney can all be traced to back to chronic inflammation. The special part of turmeric we mentioned, curcumin, has been linked in studies to a reduction in this degeneration.
It Can Combat Arthritis
When we hear inflammation, many of us will automatically think of our joints and we’d be right! Inflammation is the main cause of of the pain, discomfort and stiffness that occurs when arthritis hits joints such as our knees. Your dog is no different. Studies have found that curcumin can provide more pain relief than that of Ibruprofen when tackling the symptoms of arthritis. It is now widely used to treat this in elderly or aging dogs and can result in a huge difference in their quality of life.
It Can Treat Stomach Disorders
What, there’s more? Yes. Turmeric and curcumin have also been credited with relieving the symptoms of IBS and other gastrointestinal issues. Studies have shown that it can reduce inflammation in the gut which provides relief for those suffering from this debilitating condition.
If you’ve suffered from any of the illnesses or disorders we’ve mentioned above or if your dog is showing any of the symptoms, we can highly recommend trying a turmeric supplement. Ours has been blended with black pepper which acts as the Piperine, ensuring that the curcumin can get to work in the areas it needs to!
If you haven’t tried it before, what are you waiting for?!
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