Why is Turmeric (Curcumin) so good for our Pets?
Turmeric is that Indian spice that turns our curries that rich, golden color. What many of us don’t know is that Turmeric (Curcuma domestica ) is one of the worlds most potent, natural anti-inflammatories available.
That makes Turmeric not only beneficial to you but really good news for your pet dog and cat as well. Your pets probably won’t thank you parents for feeding them with last nights curry leftovers, but as a supplement there are real natural health benefits for dogs and cats.
Why? The bio-active compound of Turmeric is Curcumin, not only does Curcumin act as a spice, but it is now known to act as a powerful pain reliever, making it a great food additive for pets that suffer from ailments or illnesses which cause pain.
How do we know? Turmeric is being researched extensively for pharmacological use in treating and/or reducing symptoms related to a wide range of health conditions. A paper written for the American Academy of Pain Management discusses the health benefits of turmeric:
“Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available,” says Dr. Randy J. Horwitz, the medical director of the Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine and Assistant Professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Traditional Asian medicine has long used turmeric for its ability to detoxify the body, purify the blood, stimulate bile production in the liver, disinfect wounds, and as a stomach tonic. In addition, the Thais used it to treat diarrhea and other stomach ailments, as well as to eradicate ringworm, a fungal infection.
Heart Health, Just like us, our pets are susceptible to blood clots and excess cholesterol. You may have heard of LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). Well turmeric has been found to lower LDL levels which support both heart and liver health.
Nowadays, cat and dog health is affected by the environment more than ever before. Toxins in the in the air and possibly in food affect their wellbeing. But curcumin comes to the rescue.
It boosts the liver’s ability to metabolize fat and remove waste from the bodies of cats and dogs. The ability of the human and pet body to breakdown harmful toxins, remove waste and store energy are all affected by the health of the liver.
The liver plays a significant part in your pets digestion. Holistic pet supplements containing turmeric will assist your pets liver in remaining healthy and carrying out the tasks associated with maintaining the engine room.
Anti-Cancer Properties, There are now reports claiming that turmeric may help in the fight against cancer! “Curcumin actually has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer of any other nutrient, including vitamin D!” says Dr. William LaValley of Austin, Texas.*
Curcumin’s powerful antioxidant properties can play a significant role in preventive medicine. Which is why it’s finding its way into more natural pet supplements.
What other Dog and Cat health conditions can turmeric help treat?
- Aids in the treatment of epilepsy
- Helps relieve allergies
- Helps in preventing the formation of cataracts
- Used in treating depression (Yes, dogs can get depressed too)
- Kills parasites
- Heals stomach ailments, aids in digestive disorders, and reduces gas and bloating
- Acts as a binding agent and therefore great for treating diarrhea (Make sure you have lots of water available for your pet to drink!)
- Aids in fat metabolism and weight management
- High in fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals
So, if you are looking for a safe, natural pet supplement to treat a whole variety of ailments, then turmeric is literally your “Pot of Gold”.
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