Ingredient Spotlight – Turmeric for Dogs

Are you doing everything you can for your dog’s wellness? How about including natural support options in their diet, like curcumin found in turmeric?

Turmeric is a natural treatment alternative that has been used by humans for thousands of years. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, helps alleviate symptoms of arthritis, and offers antioxidant benefits that may boost the immune system.

Now, what if those same properties could assist your dog’s health?

In this ingredient spotlight, we’ll take a closer look at turmeric and its potential benefits for dogs. Plus, we’ll go over how much turmeric is the right dose and when it might not be the best option for your dog.

Let’s get right into it and spice things up!

What is Turmeric?

Used in India for centuries, Turmeric is a golden-colored spice. It has a long history of use in traditional Indian medicine, where it has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions.

 Turmeric powder in a bowl next to the fresh roots.

Turmeric is a product of Curcuma longa, which can be found in tropical South Asia. It’s not just for curry anymore! This rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant belongs to the ginger family Zingiberaceae.

It has been used in medicine and food since ancient times because it contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called curcurins that reduce pain without affecting nerve function. Plus it adds depth to food with a pungent, earthy flavor that provides a bit of peppery spice.

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

The general opinion on turmeric is that it’s a very safe herb with a lot of upside potential. In fact, the positive antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antineoplastic effects of curcumin have been well documented in clinical trials. These studies have shown the potential as a complementary addition to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.

Curcumin chemical structure depiction.

There is also positive interaction with other ingredients such as CBD which offers similar properties that combat inflammation. Often known as the “entourage effect” the combination of these active elements creates an even stronger response.

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