Tumeric for your pets Arthritis


Using tumeric for animals with Arthritis
Using tumeric for animals with Arthritis

Curcumin is the yellow pigment which is isolated from the rhizomes of curcuma long, also more commonly known as Tumeric.

Curcumin has been used for centuries in Traditional chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. Recent scientific research has proven that its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are beneficial in patients with Osteoarthritis and is a good natural alternative to Non steroidal anti-inflammatories. (Click here to see the research Csaki, Burhmann )

But how do you give your pet Tumeric?

The problem with tumeric is that it is not very soluble. That means its doesn’t dissolve easily in water. Its best mixed with oils or fats. It is also not very bioavailable as its not easily absorbed. In fact, 75 % of orally consumed turmeric is excreted in the faeces. Studies have suggested adding piperine or ground black pepper as this assists in slowing down its excretion. (ref: Anand)

A veterinary surgeon Doug English has been using turmeric for years to treat animals with conditions such as skin allergies, joint problems as well as different types of cancers. He has formulated a recipe called Golden paste.

By combining:

Tumeric powder, coconut oil, black pepper and water one can make a paste which will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks

He suggests giving 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon twice daily with food. Starting with small amounts then increasing the amount over the week until you have the desired effect.


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