I came across turmeric when I was a teenager when I started to become interested in cooking, especially using spices and flavours. I didn’t know the benefits of turmeric back then and I was mainly using it to colour my rice yellow so it looked a bit different on the plate. All the exotic spices like ginger, chilli, and cardamom took me to far off places I dreamed about visiting one day. I tried to improvise and cook Indian food, but with no internet, and no foreign cookbooks it was pretty difficult. And, I had never really tasted proper Indian food so I didn’t even have anything to compare it with! But I liked it, and I did eventually get to have my first curry in 2003 when I visited the UK for the very first time.
When I tried turmeric for the first time I never thought that one day I would give it to my dogs!? And now 30 years later that’s exactly what I find myself doing, and on a regular basis too. So there’s another thing I share with my dogs, turmeric!
Turmeric, also known as Indian saffron has been used for over 4,000 years in alternative medicine. Turmeric is commonly used in Ayurveda medicine for wound healing and treating skin problems. But there is more to it. In a study from 2014, it was proven that curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, was stronger and more effective in people with arthritis than ibuprofen. Curcumin worked well as a painkiller without the gastrointestinal problems and side effects.
Curcumin is able to block enzyme supporting growth of tumours and it has been proven it can help as a preventative care and as a support treatment in cancer, including prostate, skin, and colon cancer.
Curcumin is the most researched component of turmeric, and it also has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, and can help in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems.
So, how much should you give your dog?
¼ teaspoon of finely grated root for 4kg of body weight.
Dr. Jean Dodds, veterinary immunologist, recommends dividing this amount and giving it to a dog 3 times a day, to secure an even, stable level of curcumin in the blood. Another thing to note is that curcumin is not water soluble, so to increase its absorption, it is recommended to serve turmeric with coconut oil, olive oil or salmon oil.
Have you tried turmeric?