When we give our dogs medications and supplements to improve their health, the last thing we want is to hurt them. Many conventional medications are notorious for their harsh side effects, which can in some cases outweigh the intended positives.
Many pet owners refuse to run the risks associated with certain prescription medications and are turning to natural alternatives to avoid harsh side effects. Many natural remedies have no more than a placebo effect on dogs, and some actually have adverse effects, but others have proven powerful health benefits that can promote a better quality of life.
One potent natural remedy that’s been used for thousands of years to treat joint pain and arthritis, reduce inflammation, counter blood thinning, strengthen the immune system, and serve as an overall pain relief medicine is turmeric.
Turmeric is a gold powder not unlike ground black pepper that when made into a golden paste (turmeric paste), or administered as turmeric supplements in dog food, can holistically improve your dog’s overall health.
What is Turmeric?
Known for its pungent, spicy notes and lavish golden color, turmeric is a natural spice that is used in many common Indian and Thai dishes. A member of the ginger family, turmeric has been used for thousands of years to flavor up food and benefit health.
In 500 BCE, turmeric became a core component in Ayurveda medicine — an ancient Indian form of holistic healing that’s still practiced today.
Today, it’s easy to see why turmeric has been so popular throughout the ages. There are over 6,000 studies that back turmeric’s anti inflammatory and antioxidant benefits to humans.
But, turmeric’s anti inflammatory properties and powerful antioxidant concentration can support pet care as well.
Turmeric for dogs may be the next step in your pet-parent health journey.
What is Curcumin?
When researching turmeric, you’ll run into the word “curcumin” a lot. The secret to the health benefits of turmeric is all there in the name – “cure cumin.” Derived from the same roots and bulbs as cumin, ginger, and curry, curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric responsible for its many benefits, and its vibrant gold color.
There was a time when natural food was trusted to support human and pet health alike. Many modern medications are like miracle tablets that have saved countless lives, but we shouldn’t forget how much a common kitchen staple like olive oil or a simple 1 teaspoon dosage of a natural spice like turmeric, which can be found in everyone’s pantry, can support the alleviation of health issues.
And that doesn’t even begin to cover pet care.
Health Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs
What isn’t turmeric good for?