Canine Gold uses the key ingredient turmeric to support damaged or compromised joints. But what is turmeric?
While you might have heard the recent buzz concerning its health benefits for humans, you might not know that it has a number of benefits for dogs as well. To get you all the information, we’ve put together a quick primer on what turmeric is, what it does, and why it’s gold dust for your dog.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric powder, as it is most commonly consumed, is a yellow substance derived from the rhizomes (underground stems) of the turmeric plant.
The plant is native to India, where it has been used for centuries for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Medicinally, it has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions including cancer, stomach upset, respiratory problems and dermatitis. It also has powerful anti-oxidant properties.
How can turmeric improve your dog's health?
In clinical trials, the results showing the positive effects of turmeric have been outstanding. There is also widespread anecdotal evidence suggesting that turmeric is highly effective for improving canine health and treating a wide range of conditions.
Perhaps the most important and relevant benefit of turmeric for dog owners is its incredible anti-inflammatory effects, which is excellent news for joint health in dogs—turmeric is able to reduce inflammation and the associated pain substantially when added to your dog's diet.
Is turmeric better than what’s already on the market?
Joint conditions are often chronic in nature and therefore become very difficult to manage effectively without serious side effects. We’re all aware of the problems associated with the long-term use of NSAIDS in dogs, particularly the stress they put on the digestive tract.
Turmeric doesn’t interact with gut enzymes in the same way that pharmaceutical non-steroidal inflammatories do, because it actually allows the gut-protecting enzyme (COX-2) to be maintained. In short, turmeric is able to give similar benefits as pharmaceutical solutions to joint pain, but without the associated gut disturbances and other negative side effects.
Tips for Use:
Turmeric has a low level of bioavailability, meaning that it is not readily absorbed from the small intestine. The absorption of turmeric can be enhanced with the addition of either oil or freshly ground black pepper and with that it becomes highly effective at combating a wide range of health problems including those related to the joints.
At Canine Gold, we use high quality flaxseed oil and coconut oil to enhance absorption and to ensure dogs get the added benefits of those oils in their diet.
Does turmeric have any other health benefits for my dog?
In addition to joint health, turmeric has been shown to be effective in the treatment in many other ailments, including:
Please note: Turmeric should not be fed if your dog is currently being administered NSAIDs or blood thinning medications. If your dog is on medication and you’re unsure of possible contraindications, it is important that you consult your veterinarian prior to feeding turmeric.
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