Turmeric Health Benefits
You might take turmeric already for your own health. If you don’t yet, consider these health benefits of turmeric.
Scientific studies have confirmed what Ayurvedic practitioners have known for centuries. Turmeric is more effective than many prescription medications. So much so, that Turmeric has been fractionated in the laboratory to isolate its supposedly “active” ingredient, curcumin. Turmeric contains about 5% curcumin in its natural form. By isolating curcumin from natural turmeric scientists assume that they can make turmeric supplements more effective. However, by isolating the curcumin, they remove from turmeric many of the synergistic components that are naturally found in the turmeric root, that actually increase the bioavailability of turmeric.
This is the problem. When taken in isolation, the curcumin is poorly absorbed and quickly metabolized.[i]
How to increase the bioavailability of curcumin?
Use whole turmeric
Studies done on the bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric are using the fractionated compound rather than the whole spice. Whole turmeric contains elements that allow the curcumin to be more readily absorbed by the body.
Add black pepper
The addition of black pepper to curcumin increases the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000%.
Take turmeric with a fat source
Bioavailability of curcumin increases with the addition of fat. Those who like their curcumin with buttered chicken understand this. Improvements in absorbsion rates were found even with taking curcumin mixed with warm milk or coconut milk.
Turmeric for dogs
So while you could gain this benefit for yourself by drinking a daily glass of Golden Milk, consider adding turmeric to your pet’s diet for the same benefits. Turmeric can help with joint pain in older animals. It can prevent oxidative stress and protect the normal function of organs and joints. Turmeric is anti-tumor.
Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to fiddle with pet treats every day. Let’s make it easy so you actually will do this for your dog or cat. These are a make once and serve up daily turmeric chews. They take less than 15 minutes to make, plus an overnight chill period. They offer turmeric for dogs in an easily absorbable way. They are convenient for you. They are therapeutic for both dogs and cats. And they are super inexpensive to make, with only 4 ingredients.
You’ll need silicone chocolate or candy molds for this recipe. 4 trays of molds are enough for 1 recipe. Each mold holds about 10ml or 2 teaspoons of the recipe. This is the mold I used for the paw prints.
The gelatin in the recipe improves and protects connective tissue, and helps with coat maintenance and luster.
Turmeric Chews for Dogs
Makes 60 chews
Each Turmeric for Dogs Chew contains:
Approx. 500 mg of turmeric with 25 mg. of curcumin each
1 ½ cup Org. Virgin Coconut Oil
¼ cup Org. Turmeric powder
½ tsp. black pepper
3 tbsp. Org. gelatin (Pork or Beef)
In a small sauce pan, melt the coconut oil. Stir in the gelatin, black pepper, and turmeric until well blended. You’ll need to stir it for a few minutes so that the gelatin does not coagulate on the bottom of the pan. When it is thoroughly blended, spoon into chocolate molds, like this one.
Leave in a cool place overnight. Remove from molds. Keep refrigerated. These will melt in a warm room.
See the chart below for serving size.
|Size of Pet||Serving of Turmeric per Day||Daily Turmeric Chews|
|Small dog or cats under 10 lbs.||1/8th of a tsp.||½ chew|
|Medium dogs 10lbs to 20 lbs.||¼ of a tsp.||1 chew|
|Large dogs 20lbs to 50lb||½ to 1 tsp.||2 to 5 chews|
|XLarge dogs 50 to 100 lbs||1 to 2 tsp.||5 to 10 chews|
|Over 100 lbs.||2 to 3 tsp.||10 to 15 chews|
My dogs take these like a dog treat, from my hand. You can also mix them in with your pet’s moist food.
If your dogs have never taken turmeric before, start them slowly with a half serving over a few weeks, so you don’t have stomach upset issue. Give water free-choice. Turmeric can be binding.
Other fats can be used in place of coconut oil. Try beef tallow or lard, if your pet doesn’t do well on coconut oil. Avoid soy milk and soy oil.
The turmeric should be high quality organic turmeric, like this one, not the kind of turmeric that you get in the spice section of your grocery store. Turmeric should be protected from light and stored in the fridge.
If your pets have health concerns or are on veterinary medicine consult with your personal veterinarian before adding these turmeric chews to your pet’s diet. This article is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as veterinary advice.
More about turmeric:
How to grow Turmeric from Kris at Attainable Sustainable
Back to you:
Have you tried turmeric for your pet? What is your experience with turmeric for dogs or cats?
[i] Anand, P., Kunnumakkara, A. B., Newman, R. A., & Aggarwal, B. B. (2007). Bioavailability of Curcumin: Problems and Promises. Mol. Pharmaceutics Molecular Pharmaceutics, 4(6), 807-818. doi:10.1021/mp700113r