5 Ways Turmeric Can Help Your Dog
5 Ways Turmeric Can Help Your Dog
You are probably already familiar with turmeric if you cook, but if you are a first time, here is a quick culinary lesson to get you started. Turmeric is a herb, which is a member of the ginger family. It is popularly used in dyes, herbal medicine, and cooking. It is known for its dark orange color.
Turmeric is a native of Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern countries where it has been a staple in cooking for millennia. Today, turmeric is commonly used as an essential ingredient in many curry dishes and delicious Persian, Indian, and Thai dishes.
Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines have for a long time understood the benefits of turmeric for the body, both in and out.
What is Ayurvedic Medicine?
When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need this is an ancient Ayurvedic proverb. Ayurvedic medicine is traditional Indian medicine that traces its origin back over 5000 years ago.
How Is It Relevant Today?
It does not just examine the aspect of treatment. Instead, it also discusses prevention as well as using elements including exercise, nutrition, and even lifestyle factors to restore balance in the body. Diet is a major component of this holistic healing approach.
Five Ways Turmeric Can Help Your Dog
1. Spice of Life
You already know that it is commonly used to cook Asian and Eastern food, it is orange, and spice. But, what makes it good for pets?
The active ingredient also known as a bioactive compound in turmeric is curcumin, and it is responsible for the healing properties. Curcumin is the reason for the bright orange color and numerous health benefits.
This main ingredient acts as a spice and can even be used for pain relief. It is due to this reason that turmeric is an incredible food additive for pets suffering from pain-causing illnesses and ailments.
However, it also offers a host of other benefits. Let’s examine Eastern medicine more closely to understand how it can be used for maintaining good health.
Turmeric was used in traditional Asian medicine due to its ability to purify the blood, detoxify the body, disinfect wounds, stimulate the production of bile in the liver, and even as a stomach tonic.
Thais regularly used turmeric for treating diarrhea along with other stomach ailments and even eradicating ringworm, which is a fungal infection.
In Pakistan and Afghanistan, turmeric is applied to wounds for cleansing and stimulating recovery and keeping away harmful bacteria.
Western medicine has eventually started catching up with Eastern medicine. Turmeric is currently undergoing extensive research for the pharmacological use in the treatment of and reducing symptoms related to a wide variety of health conditions. 19 clinical trials on curcumin and turmeric are being undertaken by the National Institute of health.
A paper discussing the health benefits of turmeric has been written for the American Academy of Pain Management.
Turmeric is a highly potent natural anti-inflammatory.
Dr. Horwitz, who is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine even cites a 2006 University of Arizona study that revealed that this potent anti-inflammatory could reduce the symptom associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Clinical studies have shown that the curcumin found in turmeric also has potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are responsible for neutralizing free radicals that cause painful inflammation and damage to joints that are affected by arthritis.
This is quite significant for our senior K9 friends that could be suffering from pains and aches associated with aging and arthritis in general.
The anti-inflammatory properties, coupled with the fact that natural antibacterial and antiseptic agent suggests that it can be useful for the disinfection and treatment of skin injuries.
Research indicates that it should be mixed with honey when used topically. Doing this creates a paste that can be easily applied to wounds.
We have previously talked about honey and you probably already understand that it has antibacterial properties. Obviously, you will have to watch your furry friend carefully since the combination of honey and turmeric can be quite a tasty treat.
3. Heart Health
Heart health is yet another concern with senior pets. Like humans, pets are also susceptible to excess cholesterol and blood clots. You have probably heard of HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol).
Turmeric has been shown to reduce the LDL levels which supports both liver and heart health. It also helps in blood thinning, which reduces the risk of deadly clots, which leads to heart attacks and strokes.
You should be careful not to thin your dog’s blood too much, but the proper amount can be of great benefit. If your pet is currently on medication, especially blood thinning medication, you need to check with the vet for the proper dosage.
What benefits does turmeric provide for the liver? Turmeric is good for the liver. The environment is becoming increasingly toxic, and this not only affects us, humans, but it also affects pets too.
Pets are susceptible to toxins present in the environment and their food and in particular the commercially produced treats and kibble.
The liver plays a key role in eliminating toxins from the body. You can think of the liver as the body’s central industrial center. It is involved in almost all biochemical processes required to run the body.
The abilities of the body to break down harmful toxins, clot blood, store energy, and remove waste, are all affected by the liver.
The liver plays a key role in your pet’s digestion, producing bile used to break down fat, and stores vitamins.
The liver is a vital organ to maintain the overall health of your pet. Curcumin is thought to stimulate the production of bile, which is used in the digestion of fat in the liver.
Active dogs require not less than 20 percent fat in their diet. So, production of bile is critical for proper health. Simply put, turmeric boosts the ability of the liver to remove waste from the body and to metabolize fat.
If your pet currently suffers from liver disease, it is advisable to first consult your vet before you start treating using turmeric since studies show that turmeric can worsen existing problems.
5. Anti-Cancer Treatment
One interesting discovery that I made while I was investigating the benefits of turmeric is that reports are now emerging that claim that it may aid in fighting cancer.
This powerful antioxidant play a fundamental role in preventative medicine.
According to a study done at UCLA, doctors discovered that curcumin seems to block cancer boosting enzyme that stimulates the growth of neck and head cancer.
According to studies by the Department of Small Animal Clinic Scientists. Curcumin can inhibit the growth of tumors or even shrink existing ones.
This is due to the amazing ability of turmeric to shut down blood vessels responsible for feeding the tumors. The antioxidant properties of turmeric are also quite beneficial in countering the adverse side effects of chemotherapy.
Apparently, it does not mean that turmeric is all that you should use to treat, control, or prevent cancer but it still has people excited about its cancer-fighting properties.
If you are still not yet convinced about the health benefits of turmeric, here are a few more:
Rich in minerals and vitamins and high in fiber
Aids in weight management and fat metabolism
Reduces bloating and gas, aids in digestive disorders, and heals stomach ailments
Acts as a binding agent and is thus excellent for the treatment of diarrhea (Give your pet lots of water to drink)
Used in the treatment of depression (dogs too get depressed)
Helps to relieve allergies
Aids in epilepsy treatment
Helps to prevent the formation of cataracts
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