What Is It?
Turmeric Paste (or Golden Paste) is a miracle paste that can be used both by people and pets.
Turmeric Paste is an aromatic, turmeric-based paste.
It typically contains a combination of turmeric powder, an oil base, ground black pepper and water. This magic mixture is widely known for the following benefits:
- It is a natural anti-inflammatory
- It is believed to have anti-cancer properties
- Can reduce blood clots
- Offers natural pain relief
- Has anti-bacterial properties
- It is a powerful antioxidant
- Aids digestion
- Has been used in the treatment of epilepsy in dogs
- And more!
Benefits Of Turmeric For Dogs:
Turmeric contains a compound called Curcumin, essentially its active ingredient.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Chronic, hidden inflammation is a silent killer. It is the root of nearly all disease. Cancer, arthritis, allergies, kidney disease, dental disease, digestive disease are all caused by inflammation. A 2014 study found that Curcumin performed better than Ibuprofen in people with arthritis. But Turmeric does not just aid the inflammation in joint disease, another study found that Curcumin worked just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Cancer: Nearly 1/3 of the studies done on Turmeric are cancer research and the results are very promising. Turmeric could play an important role in fighting cancer, as powerful antioxidant. It has also been proven to shut down the blood vessels that feed cancer cells in some cases, although more research is needed.
- Blood Clots: Curcumin is also a blood thinner, which makes it an essential component when it comes to reducing the risk of blood clots and stripping the body of excess cholesterol. Although cholesterol does not affect dogs like it does people, clots can lead to several problems for dogs, including heart issues.
- Pain Relief: Turmeric can also relieve the pain and stiffness in arthritis better than conventional pain medications. Research found that Curcumin worked just as well as Ibuprofen to reduce pain but without the gastrointestinal side effects experienced by the patients who took Ibuprofen.
- Irritable Bowel Disease: Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects can be helpful in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well as other gastrointestinal disorders. Moreover, Curcumin stimulates bile production in the liver, which improves digestion by breaking down fats. Active healthy adult dogs can reach an intake of fat around 20 percent or higher, dogs that are pregnant, nursing or underweight require even more fat in the diet, which means that more Turmeric will help in metabolise fats faster.
- Antioxidant: Free radicals build up in your dog over time, causing damages to cells, proteins and DNA in your dog’s body. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and antioxidants can slow down aging, degeneration and even increase lifespan.
How To Make It And How Much To Feed
You can easily add the Golden Paste directly to your dog’s meals by mixing it with some water, bone broth, kefir or yogurt (if you use kefir or yogurt, it is best to use organic, unsweetened goat or sheep kefir or yogurt to avoid dairy intolerance) or simply as garnish… Most dogs actually love the taste!
- 1/2 cup organic Turmeric powder
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups filtered or spring water
- 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup organic MCT oil (Most Golden Paste recipes use coconut oil. But coconut oil is not the best choice for your dog’s health. For an even healthier Golden Paste, use organic MCT oil instead. Make sure it does not contain lauric acid.)
- Mix the Turmeric with 1 cup of the water in a pan. Save the remaining water in case you need it to thin your paste a bit.
- Stir the liquid on low/medium heat for about 10 minutes. It should form a thick paste in this time.
- If the paste gets too thick, add a little more water.
- If the paste looks watery, add a little more turmeric and heat it for another couple of minutes.
- Once your paste has thickened, add the pepper and oil and stir thoroughly.
- Allow the mixture to cool.
- Place it in a jar with a lid and store in the fridge.
- It’ll keep for up to 2 weeks.
- Smaller dogs should start with around ¼ teaspoon per day
- Medium-large dogs can start with around ½ teaspoon per day
- Giant dogs can start with ¾ teaspoon per day
- Each week you can gradually increase until desired effects are noticed
Tip: Turmeric leaves the body quickly so its recommended to feed smaller amounts a few times a day.
Tip: use organic Turmeric powder, you can find it in any health stores, do not use supermaket spices.
A Word Of Caution
Turmeric works and it is safe, however not all dogs should get Turmeric.
Turmeric is a “warming” spice, so if a dog is always hot and seeking out cool floors to lie on, Turmeric may not be for them.
Turmeric is contraindicated for patients with bile tract obstruction or gallstones.
Turmeric can interact with some medications, including anti-inflammatory, diabetes and chemotherapy drugs. If your dog is on any medications or he is about to undergo surgery, it’s best to double check with your holistic vet before adding turmeric to his diet.
Note: Turmeric stains, make sure you wipe the area around your dog’s mouth after feeding Turmeric ッ