Turmeric for Dogs: What's it Good For?

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You want the best for your beastly Besties, but sometimes it’s hard to know what that is. The easiest way to find good ingredients is to pull from ones you’re already familiar with in your daily life. Nature also helps to provide one of the best superfoods for us.

If you’ve ever eaten curry, you’ve already gotten to enjoy an age-old spice that has some pretty powerful benefits: It’s turmeric. This pungent yellow spice is a plant in the ginger family that’s native to Southeast Asia.

Turmeric’s storied history

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says turmeric has historically been used for centuries in traditional Indian, Eastern Asian and Chinese medical systems. In India, healers often used turmeric in curry powders to treat everyday conditions affecting the skin, joints, digestive system and upper respiratory system.

Nowadays, this ancient root is turning up everywhere in functional supplements for pets and people! After all, why shouldn’t we pull from the wisdom of ancient healers for our furry friends, as well? Since people benefit from this plant, our Bestie can as well. And even better, it has a secret ingredient.

More about that secret ingredient

The secret of turmeric is a substance called curcumin, and it is used in everything from food to cosmetics to functional dog supplements! Recent research even refers to this spice once used purely for cooking as “curecumin” because of its therapeutic benefits. Curcuminoids (the active part of curcumin) are nature’s multifunctional go-to! When looking for products, they should contain at least 95% curcuminoids to be sure to reap most of the benefits.

So What’s It Good For?

Here are a few things you and your pup will love about turmeric!

Mobility

Curcuminoids have been proven to help relieve joint aches and pains, especially joint and muscle stiffness, due to regular daily exercise and activity. That’s why curcumin supplements have been so popular for humans for so long. And research suggests[i] that the properties that relieve those systems have anti-inflammatory properties.

Digestion and Gut Health

We all feel best when our gut health is in tip-top shape. That’s true for pets as well. And turmeric helps digestion in several ways. Remember those anti-inflammatory properties that are effective for joints? Well, they also work in the digestive tract. It also stimulates digestive juices and has been shown to calm the system, reducing gas. And when your dog’s gastrointestinal tract is working well, he’s a happier, healthier animal all around.

Immune System

There’s an old saying that gut health is good health. That might suggest that curcumin could be a player in overall good health! And there’s plenty of research[ii] that curcuminoids also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help support your immune system.

Skin Health

Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric may also contribute to its reputation to promote skin health. When paired with fellow superfood coconut oil that contains fatty acids, a functional supplement can be a one-two punch to support skin health.

Liver Health

For centuries, research has shown positive benefits on liver health thanks to curcumin, the turmeric plant's principal active ingredient. When looking at pet supplements, look for ingredients that offer functional benefits specifically related to liver health.

What Else is Inside?

Finding the right turmeric supplement also depends on what else is inside. Black Pepper can help the body absorb curcumin, so look for supplements that also contain that ingredient.

For further discussion on turmeric’s benefits and how they work with other ingredients like BioPerine® black pepper extract, check out our products that feature this nifty ingredient.

What to Look Out For: Stain stoppers

As we mentioned before, turmeric is a deep golden yellow spice. And that yellow hue stains. Ever try to get mustard out? That was likely the turmeric that was so pesky.

But don’t worry. If there’s ever a time when you have to get a stain out, you’ll be set. Always use cold water – not warm. Dab the spot rather than rubbing it. Then use soap or laundry detergent. In a pinch, lemon juice will also work. If the stained item can be bleached, a mild bleach solution will most likely get the stain out. Otherwise, a 20-minute pre-soak in the detergent should do the trick.

Stain experts recommend drying garments in the sun rather than in the dryer.

Have more questions about turmeric or want to find out more about picking the right product? Call us at (800) 738-0661 or send an email to bark@zestypaws.com. Thanks!

[i] https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/9b27/f723bba4e8965d4c389fad32b57254d0ea71.pdf?_ga=2.39590371.1539614553.1566584424-876361281.1566584424

[ii] https://www.clinicalnutritionjournal.com/article/S0261-5614%2815%2900002-3/abstract

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