Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Curcumin content of pure turmeric powder is very low – approximately 3% by weight. So, turmeric powder by itself is not a reliable source of curcumin for your pet.
There are many incredible benefits to adding Turmeric to your pet’s diet including:
- Natural Detox
- Natural antibacterial
- Promotes heart and liver health
- Reduces blood clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks by thinning the blood
- Promotes digestive health
- Acts as an antioxidant AND it’s believed to be able to prevent cancer
- Offers allergy relief
- Helps to prevent cataracts
- Has been used in the treatment of epilepsy
- Natural pain relief
- Natural treatment for diarrhea
- This is a really amazing supplement that more pet owners should consider offering to their pets.
To better the absorption when using a high-quality curcumin or organic turmeric root source, give in conjunction with a fatty food such as coconut, olive or fish oil (coconut oil: 1/2 tsp per 10 pounds of body weight).
According to Australian Vet, Dr. Doug English, by adding freshly ground peppercorns (piperine) to your mixture of turmeric root and selection of fat, piperine will increase intestinal absorption allowing time for the curcumin to be taken up into the blood stream. You don’t need more than a pinch!
Suggested Dosage: 1/4 tsp (1200 mg) per 20 lbs. body weight.
“To ensure a steady supply of curcumin in the bloodstream, divide the dosage and space evenly three times throughout the day. While the exact dosing has not been determined in dogs, studies have used curcumin in doses ranging from 500 to 3600 mg per day.” – Veterinarian Immunologist, Dr. Jean Dodds & Diana Laverdure.