What is Turmeric and Why is it Good for my Pets?

The Power of Turmeric: A Super Spice for Your Dog’s Health

turmeric powder on a spoon and in a lid and turmeric roots

Turmeric is a root that has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for centuries. It has earned its reputation as a powerful medicinal plant, boasting impressive anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidant capabilities, and even offering potential cancer prevention benefits. But did you know that turmeric can also be beneficial for your furry friends? Let’s take a closer look at what makes turmeric such an amazing supplement for pet health.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a flowering plant native to India and Southeast Asia. Turmeric comes from the rhizome (or root) of a plant called Curcuma longa. The root of the turmeric plant is dried and ground into an orange powder, which can be added to food or taken as a supplement. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is now considered to be one of the most powerful spices on the planet. Turmeric plant contains powerful antioxidants called curcuminoids that are responsible for its bright yellow hue. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.  In short, it’s a powerhouse nutrient!

How Can It Help My Pets?

There are countless ways that turmeric can benefit your pet’s health. Many pet owners are starting to use turmeric to support their dog’s health in many ways. Studies have found that it could help reduce inflammation in dogs with arthritis or other joint pain problems. Additionally, it’s a natural antioxidant which helps neutralize free radicals in their body, preventing cellular damage and helping them stay strong and healthy. It may also help boost the immune system by fighting off infections and diseases like cancer. Turmeric can actually lower blood sugar levels and help aid against the onset of diabetes as well as promoting general digestion health. Furthermore, there is evidence suggesting it could help improve cognitive function in older dogs or those with neurological diseases like epilepsy or Alzheimer's disease. Finally, some studies suggest that turmeric could even help slow down aging in dogs by reducing cell damage caused by free radicals.

How Can I Give My Pet Turmeric?

The simplest and safest way to get your pet to ingest turmeric is through food. Holistic Health Extension® Pet Food includes Turmeric in the recipes!  No measuring or guessing how much to give, simply feed your fur baby Holistic Health Extension® in a variety of recipes.  You can add some fresh grated turmeric root to their meals or use powdered turmeric as an ingredient in homemade dog treats. If your pet isn’t too keen on the taste of turmeric in their food, you could also try adding some to their water bowl or giving them a tablet or capsule containing curcuminoids (the active compounds found in turmeric). However, always check with your veterinarian before giving any new supplements to your pet!                              

Turmeric is an incredibly powerful spice that has numerous health benefits when added to your pup's diet. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory properties, but research also suggests that it may help reduce joint pain, improve digestive health, boost immunity against viruses & bacteria, fight off cancer cells & tumors, slow down aging & promote cognitive function in older dogs - the list goes on! As long as you get approval from your veterinarian before adding any new ingredients into your pup’s diet – including turmeric – then you should see some major benefits from incorporating this super spice into their meals! So go ahead and pick up a bag of Holistic Health Extension® Pet Food and give them a little “turbocharge” today - they definitely deserve it!  ;-)

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