Pets; what did humans ever do to deserve such incredible creatures? Petlovers know that every day with them is magical; unless, of course, when they get sick.
It is hard to find out what is wrong with our furry best friends. Not only can they not tell us exactly what is ailing them; the symptoms are almost always the same for many different diseases. This begs the question: “Is there a magic cure for all of your pet’s illnesses? The answer is maybe not; but if you look at your spice rack, you’ll find something pretty close.
I’m talking about turmeric. Turmeric doesn’t only make your curries taste great; thousands of medical studies prove turmeric has many major health benefits for pets.
Benefits of Turmeric for Pets
- Antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal
- Antioxidant and combats free radical damage
- Promotes liver and heart health
- Promotes digestive health
- Prevents cancers
- Cures allergies, epilepsy, and liver disease
- Relieves pains
Turmeric’s effectivity lies in its active ingredient, a compound called curcumin, which makes up 2-6% of turmeric and gives it its bright yellow appearance. “Cure-cumin”, as one study fondly calls the compound, has a long list of medical uses.
Let’s discuss in detail some of the major benefits of turmeric for pets.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory.
Chronic inflammation is the root of all evil behind almost all pet diseases and some inflammation can be hidden. Turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that gives ibuprofen a run for its money. In 2014, while studying people with arthritis, scientists proved that curcumin performed better than ibuprofen.
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant.
Free radicals occur in your pets when they are exposed to harmful chemicals found in pesticides, processed pet food, pollution, and toxins. Free radicals are even linked to cancer cell growth. By combating free radicals, the antioxidants in turmeric slow aging and degeneration, boost immunity, and increase your pet’s lifespan.
Turmeric can prevent and cure cancers.
Using turmeric for pets could prevent and treat cancer naturally. Thousands of cancer studies involve turmeric. It has been proven that turmeric reduces tumor size, kills cancer cells, and impedes cancer development, growth, and spread.
Turmeric is good for the heart.
Besides all the other fantastic health benefit, turmeric also supports good heart health. Turmeric can lower LDL (bad cholesterol) which means lower chances of blood clots and heart diseases.
Turmeric promotes digestive health.
Because turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, it can also help prevent and treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well as many other gastrointestinal diseases. Additionally, turmeric also helps in protecting your pet’s liver. It supports the liver’s functions and helps in fat breakdown and waste removal.
Turmeric relieves pain.
Besides simply treating the inflammation which causes arthritis, turmeric also treatsthe pain and symptoms associated with arthritis and other joint problems as well. Curcumin has also beenas effective as steroids for joint pain remedy.
As with any food or medication, consult your veterinarian regarding dosage and other precautions before giving your pets anything new. Nevertheless, this unassuming spice may not be magic but using turmeric for pets could make a world of difference for your furry best friend’s health.